Engineers Australia

AGS Foundation Training Series: Laboratory Testing, Theory and Practical Application

Professor David Williams, Stephen Buttling, Colin Bruce & Dean Sawyer

“Mistakes and Problems with Laboratory Testing”

The course aims to provide information on geotechnical laboratory testing methods to professionals working in the civil and mining industry. Although the subject is often taught during formal education, the actual implementation of that knowledge is not always straight forward. Some of the issues that will be covered in this workshop are:

  • What are the selection criteria for appropriate testing methods? (Which tests will give what information or what tests are required for which parameters?)
  • To what extent the test results are reliable and/or accurate?
  • How to determine suitable number of test samples? (How many samples will provide representative and valid information about the ground?)
  • What is the testing density to reduce geotechnical risk and uncertainty?
  • How to recognize poor quality test reporting?
  • How useful are index properties?
  • Budgets and laboratory testing.

The course is set-up with theoretical component as well as practical examples and a tour/explanation of laboratory testing equipment. It discusses both civil and mine tailings related geotechnical testing methods. Over the course of the day, Professor David Williams will provide three separate sessions on the theory of lab testing methods. Each theoretical session is followed by a case study from one of the industry experts. The workshop will be closed with a tour of TRI-Lab equipment where the participants can get a feel for an operating laboratory. A preliminary program is attached.

The course will allow for recording of CPD and lecture notes will be provide for your future reference.

The course will include morning tea, standing lunch and afternoon drinks. Transport to and from Tri- Lab will be provided by AGS.

Engineers Australia members participating in AGS technical sessions can record attendance on their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia CPD policy for details on CPD types, requirements and auditing guidelines.