Geology of Melbourne Course 2021 (2nd edition)

Darren Paul, Chris Coulson

Melbourne has some of the most complex engineering geology of any capital city in Australia. Processes of tectonic deformation, magma intrusion and hydrothermal alteration, deep chemical and physical weathering, the occasional volcanic eruption and the influence of ice ages have all lead to a complex geological terrain. With varied and complex geology comes varied and complex engineering geology, giving Melbourne’s ground a wide array of engineering properties and behaviour.

This one day course is for those who are new to geotechnical engineering practice in Melbourne or have little experience of Melbourne Geology. It covers the basics of Melbourne Engineering Geology, including:

Requirements on the day

A stop for lunch will be made. Attendees will be required to bring their own money with which to purchase lunch, or alternatively bring their own cut lunch.


Engineering geologists Darren Paul will present the course with Chris Coulson on behalf of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Costs & Numbers

The course will be limited to a maximum of 30 attendees. A maximum of 5 places are available for AGS Student Members. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis upon receipt of payment.

COVID Vaccination

This event is held at The University of Melbourne and all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination available on the day for checking by university staff. By registering to this event, you acknowledge that if this condition is not met, entry will be not be possible on the day.


08.00 – 08.30 Arrival and registration – University of Melbourne, Parkville
08.30 – 10.30 Seminar on Melbourne geology
10.30 – 11:00 Morning tea and sample inspection
11.30 – 16.30 Field visit to three sites across the Melbourne area, including Studley Park, Royal Park and Niddrie Quarry
16.30 Finish (return to Grattan Street, Parkville)


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