Engineers Australia

AGS Sydney Symposium 2016

Ground Stabilisation Techniques for
Problematic Soils & Unstable Rocks

The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is proud to present the 20th Annual Sydney Symposium which will be held on Friday 11th November 2016.

The Symposium forms part of the continuing program of events by the Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society and is designed to keep the engineering profession aware of recent developments in particular to the ground stabilisation aspects of geotechnical engineering practice.

Overview of the 2016 Symposium

The 2016 AGS Symposium will present the state-of-the-art practices, innovative technologies, new research results and case histories in construction and design towards advanced stabilisation techniques, cost effective approaches and better management systems for multi-disciplinary issues.

The goal of this symposium is to provide professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students the opportunity to meet and share their knowledge and experiences in this area.

This symposium will bring together engineers, geologists, and researchers who are interested on new advances in ground stabilisation techniques, design, analysis, lessons learnt from major Australian projects and experiences in geotechnical aspects of ground improvement.


BuddhimaBuddhima Indraratna

Distinguished Professor and Research Director, University of Wollongong

Prof Indraratna’s significant contributions to ground soil improvement in transport infrastructure have been acknowledged through numerous national and international awards, including the inaugural 2016 Ralph Proctor and 2017 Louis Menard Lectures by ISSMGE,, 2009 EH Davis Lecture of AGS, 2015 Thomas Telford Premium award by ICE (UK), 2014 CS Desai Medal of IACMAG, 2015 RTSA Outstanding Individual Award and 2009 Engineers Australia Transport Medal. He has secured more than $15 million research funding since 2000, and supervised more than 50 PhD graduates.

He has published 9 Books, over 280 refereed journal articles and 350 peer-reviewed conference papers, producing a total of 650+ publications. His international reputation is reflected by 45+ invited Keynote papers covering all continents and more than 20 national and international accolades. He has worked in industry in 4 continents before becoming an academic at University of Wollongong 25 years ago. He has been an Advisor and Consultant for private and government organizations in Australia, Thailand, China, India and Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Jeff_HsiJeff Hsi

Technical Principal – Geotechnical, EIC Activities Pty Ltd

Jeff has over 30 years’ professional experience in geotechnical engineering and has worked on projects in relation to roads, rail, airports, water, ports, power and buildings. His areas of expertise include soft ground engineering, slope assessment and remediation, underground spaces and tunnels, deep foundations and retaining structures, and earthworks and materials. Jeff has managed and reviewed the geotechnical aspects of many large multi-disciplinary projects both within Australia and internationally, notably, Ballina Bypass (NSW), Gateway Upgrade (QLD), Adelaide Desalination Plant (SA), Peninsula Link (VIC), Perth New MetroRail City Project (WA), and Colombo to Katunayake Expressway (Sri Lanka).

Jeff has had 60 technical papers published in journals and conferences. He is a frequently invited speaker for conferences and technical societies, a guest lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Sydney, and a former member of the International Technical Committee 28 (TC28) – Underground Construction in Soft Ground.


Event sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
JK Geotechnics
Macquarie Geotech
Silver Sponsors


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship flyer and forms

The Symposium will offer owners, suppliers, contractors, engineering geologists, civil, geotechnical consultants a unique opportunity to promote their products and services to a wide cross-section of the industry, through sponsoring the Symposium.

What is sponsorship?

Sponsorship is a strategic marketing vehicle that provides companies the opportunity to align themselves with organisations that have an existing relationship with that company’s target customers.

What sponsorship will do for you?

  • Significantly increase your visibility and impact at the Symposium
  • Promote your organisation to hundreds of senior-level decision-makers in the industry, and nearly 2500 readers of Australian Geomechanics spread throughout Australia
  • Establish name and product recognition
  • Demonstrate to colleagues and clients that you support the industry

Why should you be a sponsor?

  • Sponsorship is a direct line to customers who may never come to you
  • Sponsorship is a targeted, cost effective marketing opportunity
  • Ability to meet a prospective client during the Symposium to discuss potential future business

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship in 2016 Symposium materials
  • Recognition of your sponsorship at the Symposium and to members of the Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Sponsorship recognition signs at venue

There will be three levels of sponsorship – Platinum, Gold and Silver.

1. Platinum Sponsor

The Platinum Sponsor has already been selected.

2. Gold (Major) Sponsors

$2,200 (including GST)

Gold Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Gold Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, to have their brochure included in the proceedings, and will receive a half-page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings.

Two of the Gold Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to free admission to the Symposium.

3. Silver Sponsors

$1,100 (including GST)

Silver Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Silver Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, to have their brochure included in the proceedings, and receive a half-page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings.

Interested in Sponsorship?

For further information about sponsorship, please contact Adrian Hulskamp or Cillian McColgan.

Adrian Hulskamp
Phone 02 9888 5000

Cillian McColgan
Phone: 02 9812 5055

To become a Gold or Silver Sponsor, please complete the attached Order Form and return it to Peter Robinson via by 5th September 2016.

Sponsorship flyer and forms

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.