2021 AGS Victorian Symposium

Innovations in Geotechnical Design

Dr Scott Taylor, Professor Jinsong Huang, Dr Julian Seidel and Chris Lyons

The Victorian chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a one-day symposium titled “Innovations in Geotechnical Design” which is to be held on 21 October 2021.

The event will bring together geotechnical and other civil engineering professionals to share and discuss their knowledge and experiences related to geotechnical design and the latest technology and innovative methods.

The event

Victoria’s construction industry is still up and running, recovering quite well from the hiccups of the pandemic and several lock-downs. To catch up with the fast pace of global advancement in technology, incorporating more and more of the emerging and innovative methods in geotechnical design and construction seems to be the way forward, facing the challenges in the built environment.

This symposium will present overviews of the state-of-the-art practices innovations in design, including new research, case studies, advanced technology and simulations related to various geo-structure systems, as well as reliability, safety, and observational design implemented in Victorian projects.

The symposium will bring together professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students to share and discuss their experiences on the above topics. This will be a great networking opportunity post-pandemic.


Please note that this event will be held online.

Attendees will be emailed a link closer to the event with details on how to join the online symposium.

Registration is now closed.

About the speakers

Dr Scott Taylor Director Engineering Major Road Projects Victoria

Scott currently leads the Engineering Team at Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), as the Director, Engineering. His role oversees all engineering and technical aspects of the projects within the MRPV portfolio, with the aim of managing and mitigating technical risks.

Scott has worked in both the government and private sectors with a focus on Bridge Design and Design Management. Project Highlights include the West Gate Bridge Strengthening Project, leading the Design team for the M80 Ring Road Upgrade – Sunshine Ave to Calder Fwy, which included the EJ Whitten Bridge widening, and the Ballarat Rail Upgrade Project. Scott is currently a member of the Victorian Division Committee for Engineers Australia, and a non-Executive Director of We Ride Australia. Scott also has a strong research background, having obtained a PhD in 2004 in the area of structural dynamics and computational methodologies.

Professor Jinsong Huang Professor, The University of Newcastle

Jinsong Huang is a professor at the Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, the University of Newcastle. His research interests include risk assessment in geotechnical engineering and computational geomechanics. He has published over 100 journal papers on the risk assessment of slope stability and landslides, the modelling of spatial variability, stress integration techniques for elastoplastic models, the contact dynamics of granular media, the analysis of hydraulic fracturing and the predictive maintenance of railway tracks. He received a Regional Contribution Award from the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics at its international conference in Kyoto in 2014 and the GEOSNet Award from the Geotechnical Safety Network in 2017. He will serve as the conference chair of the 8th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk to be held at the University of Newcastle in December 2022.

Dr Julian Seidel Managing Director, Foundation QA

Dr. Julian Seidel has 42 years professional experience as a geotechnical engineer specialising in deep foundations, with particular expertise in pile dynamics and rock socketed piles. Julian graduated dux of Civil Engineering at Monash University in 1979, and 15 years later completed his PhD thesis “The analysis and design of pile shafts in weak rock” at Monash University under Chris Haberfield and Ian Johnston.

Julian has been employed over this time with GHD, Golder Associates, VicRoads, Pile Dynamics in the USA, Wagstaff Piling and Monash University. In 1999, he commenced his own consultancy Foundation QA, which later morphed into FSG. In 2020, Julian left FSG to continue his expert consulting activities under the Foundation QA brand in south east Asia on major infrastructure, legal disputes and insurance claims.

Google Scholar lists 70 of Julian’s journal and conference papers, with over 1000 citations. He continues to pursue his personal research interests and to reinvigorate his publishing activities which have been put aside for many years.

Chris Lyons Principal Geotechnical Engineer Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Chris has over 24 years experience as a geotechnical engineer working across a wide range of infrastructure and commercial developments projects. He has worked on numerous major projects around the globe and has been involved in all stages of project works ranging from investigations, detailed design for construction and high-level project coordination. Chris has extensive experience covering the design of various types of deep and shallow foundations, ground improvement, advanced soil modelling, retaining walls and slope stabilisation works for both static and seismic loadings. Chris’ recent areas of focus have been in ground movement damage assessments, dynamic rockfall modelling and integration of digital technology into geotechnical engineering workflows. Chris is currently work for Suburban Rail Loop Authority as the projects Principal Geotechnical Engineer.

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