Geotechnical Mapping Course – Newcastle

The Australian Geomechanics Society will be running a Geotechnical Mapping one-day training course at selected Chapters from August 2016.

Please click here to download the registration form.

This course is intended to complement existing courses offered by the AGS. The skills developed in the Soil and Rock Logging course are directly relevant to this course and the skills developed in this course are directly relevant to the successful completion of the Geology for Engineers and Engineering Geology courses.


The goal of this training course is to provide attendees with the knowledge, skills and experience to allow them to successfully observe, measure and record geotechnically significant information when they visit a site.


This course will provide an introduction to the types of information that need to be observed and recorded during a geotechnical site visit. Attendees will be coached in observation, measuring and recording this information onto sketch plans and sections. Typically, the types of information will include:

The course briefing will cover key elements of drawing geotechnical sketch plans including:


On completion of the course, the attendees will have been introduced to and will have had an opportunity to gain practice and experience in the following skills:


At the end of the course, the participants will be asked to prepare records of a mock site visit, which will be evaluated by the course leader. Constructive feedback will be provided to all participants on completion of the final evaluation.


The course is intended for a broad range of technical staff that are called upon to visit sites for geotechnical purposes. Those who will be benefit most from the course are graduate to intermediate level geotechnical engineers, geologists, geo-technicians and civil engineers.

A maximum of 16 attendees will be permitted for each individual course. Additional dates will be considered if interest exceeds capacity of initial course. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of payment.


Courses will be run in public open spaces in each of the cities where the course will take place. Sites are selected where there is good range of appropriate geotechnical features; where there is shelter to escape inclement weather, parking and toilet facilities.

Date Where Time
Tuesday 9 August 2016 NSW – Sydney 8:30am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 10 August 2016 NSW – Newcastle 8:30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 6 October 2016 WA – Perth 8:30am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 25 October 2016 VIC – Melbourne 8:30am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 26 October 2016 TAS – Hobart 8:30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 3 November 2016 QLD – Brisbane 8:30am – 4.30pm


Anthony Bowden will lead the courses around the country. Anthony is a member of the AGS and a Chartered Engineering Geologist with over 30 years experience in civil engineering, mining and mineral exploration.

Anthony will be supported by a number of leading local practitioners to ensure that the trainer to student ratio does not exceed about 1:8.


The course will be conducted over one day at each location and will cost $470 for AGS members and $670 for non-members. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

If a course has to be cancelled and cannot be rearranged close to the planned date, all fees would be returned to the students.


The course is approved by the Australian Geomechanics Society and recognised by Engineers Australia as equivalent to 8 hours of CPD.


If you or your colleagues would like to attend, kindly return the registration form attached, via email to: [email protected] to assist the Australian Geomechanics Society with planning.


Please click here to download the registration form.


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.