Engineers Australia

Quality Management of Earthworks with Deflection-Based Devices

Soheil Nazarian and Andy Doe

AGS is pleased to be continuing our 2020 events by hosting a prestigious international transportation geomechanics expert – Soheil Nazarian – in a live online environment. This event replaces the AGS national tour that Soheil Nazarian had been planning to undertake in April / May 2020.

In-situ non-destructive testing (NDT) devices that estimate the stiffness parameters of a constructed pavement structure are emerging. Such stiffness parameters are more representative of the performance predicted by the mechanistic design process for both road and rail applications. A transformation from density-based to modulus-based quality assurance (QA) approach involves technical and organizational challenges that must be recognized and addressed in order to develop an efficient and practical specification.

This presentation will cover the different concepts for quality management during construction that can result in both construction benefits and improved performance of the earthworks/pavement based on Dr Nazarian’s extensive experience, along with brief presentations of recent ARTC Inland Rail with trialling Lightweight Falling Weight Deflectometer Equipment.

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About the speakers

Soheil NazarianProfessor of Civil Engineering & Director of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems, The University of Texas

Dr. Nazarian is the McIntosh Murchison Endowed Chair Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems at The University of Texas at El Paso. With more than 35 years of experience in non-destructive testing of transportation infrastructure, he is currently the Chair of the Geotechnical Instrumentation and Modelling Committee of the Transportation Research Board and on the Executive Board of the International Society of Intelligent Construction.

Andy DoeGeotechnical Project Manager, Inland Rail at ARTC

Andy Doe is a Geotechnical Project Manager for Inland Rail at ARTC. Andy has over 20 years’ experience in civil infrastructure works and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and a Chartered Geologist. Andy has carried out design, asset evaluation and geotechnical risk assessment for major infrastructure projects in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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