Guidelines for the Development and Application of Engineering Geological Models on Projects

Dr Fred Baynes

Experienced practitioners throughout the world are concerned that many of the sophisticated engineering geological studies that are currently being carried out exhibit a lack of understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering geology.

To counter this trend, a working group of IAEG Commission 25, is attempting to establish Guidelines to provide succinct, practical, accessible and authoritative advice on how to create effective Engineering Geological Models for use on projects. These Guidelines are aimed at practitioners from around the world involved in projects ranging from investigating single storey dwellings to constructing a major piece of infrastructure or carrying out a regional study for planning purposes.

The background, progress and interim findings of Commission 25 will be presented and the key messages of the Guidelines will be illustrated with both practical and theoretical examples from a variety of projects.

About the speaker

Dr Fred Baynes BSc MSc DIC PhD FGS CGeol CPEng Baynes Geologic

Fred Baynes was educated in the UK and after working for a site investigation contractor he immigrated to Australia in 1980, where he has worked as an engineering geologist for contractors, consultants and utilities. Fred is now an independent consultant engineering geologist with a continuing love of field work and provides advice to major projects in the civil, mining and oil and gas sectors throughout the world.

Throughout his career, Fred has endeavoured to explore the basic principles which underlie good practice in engineering geology and demonstrate how high quality engineering geological studies can contribute to projects. The approach that he advocates is to focus on field studies, concentrate on “getting the geology right” and develop effective geological models of all sorts to facilitate successful project delivery.

Fred was President of the International Association of Engineering Geology from 2007 to 2010, is currently the Chair of IAEG Commission 25 (Use of Engineering Geological Models) and recently became an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

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