AGS Hunter Valley & Northern NSW Symposium 2024

Dr. Stephen Fityus, Dr. Jubert Pineda, David Piccolo, Jeremy Toh, Dr. Klaus Thoeni, Mr. Daniel West, Dr. Maddalena Marchelli, Dr. Davide E. Guccione and Steven Morton

The Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society is pleased to announce that it is hosting a single day symposium for the Hunter Valley and Northern Regions of NSW on Tuesday the 14th of May. The 2024 symposium will bring representatives from government, industry, and academic institutions in our region together, to share project insights, explore new practices, and discuss emerging challenges.

The symposium will address a range of important topics related to the advancement of geomechanics and its allied fields, including:

Held at a scenic beachfront venue in the Newcastle CBD, this event provides a unique opportunity to showcase your work or connect with Geotechnical professionals throughout our region.

Online registration is now open with discounts available for members and students. For further information please contact the symposium secretary – Mason Crumpton, via email: [email protected].

About the speakers

Dr. Stephen Fityus

Dr. Stephen Fityus Douglas Partners Pty Ltd (Newcastle)

Are Shrink-swell correlations worth the paper they’re written on?

Dr. Jubert Pineda The University of Newcastle

The importance of sampling disturbance in geotechnical practice.

David Piccolo Principal Geotechnical Engineer, PSM

Estimating deformation behaviour of historical and new fill as inputs to earthworks design for building, civil, mining and mine closure applications.

Jeremy Toh Principal Geotechnical Engineer, PSM

Emergency Embankment Stabilisation Works, Pacific Highway, Eungai Creek

Dr. Klaus Thoeni The University of Newcastle

Edge protection along haul roads in mines and quarries: How safe are safety berms?

Mr. Daniel West Douglas Partners Pty Ltd (Newcastle)

Mine infill grout segregation and its consequences for mine remediation.

Dr. Maddalena Marchelli Politecnico di Torino

A tool for the preliminary assessment and management of rockfall hazard in open pit mines: Applications to real cases.

Dr. Davide E. Guccione ARC Industry Fellow, The University of Newcastle

Applied low-cost monitoring techniques for rockfall quantitative risk

Steven Morton Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Regional Geotechnical Solutions

From subduction to construction – The geological complexity and geotechnical challenges of the Port Macquarie area.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Elevate your brand presence and connect with geotechnical engineering professionals, researchers, and industry leaders at our annual symposium. Information on sponsorship packages can be found on the Symposium Sponsorship page.

Any interested parties or those seeking further information should contact Mason Crumpton via [email protected]


Registration has now closed. Speakers and Sponsors, please check your email for a new registration link.

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.