Engineers Australia

AGS Research Award


As part of their ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney and Newcastle Chapters of the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology.

The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to the wider Geotechnical Community. Abstracts for the below presentations can be viewed over page.


This year three (3) research award finalists have been chosen to provide their presentations to the wider geotechnical community and they are:

Patrick Harutoonian, University of Western Sydney
Presentation title: Geotechnical Characterisation of Compacted Ground by Passive Ambient Vibration Techniques

Xue Zhang, University of Newcastle
Presentation title: Particle Finite Element Limit Analysis for Geotechnical Problems

Kourosh Kianfar, University of Wollongong
Presentation title: Advantages of Vacuum Pressure for Soft Soil Consolidation

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.