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Geotechnical aspects of renewable energy

SA-NT Symposium 2020

The SA-NT Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased
to announce the 2020 symposium titled “Geotechnical aspects of renewable energy” which is to be held on Friday 6 November 2020.

The symposium forms part of the continuing programme of events organised 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

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 practice, state-of-the-art practices, novel technologies and innovative solutions, and case studies demonstrating the 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.


The symposium will cover the following topics:

  • Planning and design of geotechnical investigations for renewable energy projects
  • Foundation and earthworks design and construction for solar farms, in particular, shrink-swell considerations
  • Foundation and earthworks design and construction for wind turbines
  • Geotechnical design and construction aspects of pumped hydro


The COVID-19 situation globally is constantly changing. The SA-NT Chapter of the AGS are aware of the possibility that public gatherings and travel restrictions may extend past November 2020.

Please be advised that the symposium may be postponed until 2021 in the event that the above- outlined restrictions remain in place for November 2020, however, the content of the event will not be impacted.


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.

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Without sponsorship, the committee of the AGS would be unable to provide you with these events at such competitive prices. We are therefore indebted to our sponsors and urge potential sponsors to consider supporting the event. There are three levels of sponsorship: Platinum; Gold; and Silver.

Interested parties are to complete the Order Form and return to Peter Robinson via [email protected] at the Australian Geomechanics Society Secretariat.

Notification and payment are required by Monday 28 September 2020. If you have any queries relating to sponsorship, please contact [email protected]

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.