Engineers Australia

SA-NT Symposium 2020

Geotechnical aspects of renewable energy

The South Australia and Northern Territory Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce the 2020 AGS Seminar titled “Geotechnical aspects of renewable energy” which is to be held on 6 November 2020.

The symposium forms part of the continuing programme of events organized by the SA-NT Chapter of the AGS and aims to provide the engineering profession with a comprehensive introduction to the geotechnical aspects of renewable energy, including best practice techniques and recent developments.

The Event

Based on current COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings and interstate travel, our intention is that local SA-NT based speakers will present in person, while interstate speaker’s presentations will be delivered online. The proposed event format will be reviewed closer to the event date and, if necessary, adapted to suit restrictions in place at that time.

South Australia has in current years seen an increased focus on the adoption of renewable energies to help reduce our contribution to climate change. This symposium will present overviews of current design practices, novel technologies and innovative solutions, and case studies demonstrating application of advanced techniques and cost-effective solutions in the design and construction of geotechnical aspects for various renewable energy technologies.

The symposium will bring together professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students to share and discuss their experiences on the topic of geotechnical aspects of renewable energy and associated challenges and opportunities.

Topics

The following topics will be covered during the symposium:

  • Geotechnical Investigation, geotechnical design for solar farms, pumped hydroelectric structures and wind farms
  • Ground improvement under wind farm foundations
  • Construction and case histories of various renewable projects

Nominations

The SA-NT Chapter invites local, national and international practitioners to submit abstracts on a topic related to the design and construction of geotechnical aspects of renewable energy technologies. Abstracts are not to be more than 300 words and shall be prepared in accordance with the abstract submission guidelines. Complete abstracts should be sent to Marnel de Wet by Tuesday 9 June 2020 for consideration by the symposium organising committee.

Abstracts will be selected based on their quality and relevance to the theme and objectives of the seminar with the successful authors invited to submit a six-page paper for presentation at the seminar.

We encourage submissions from the geotechnical engineering professions as well as academia.

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.