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SA/NT Symposium 2021

Geotechnics and Engineering Geology of South Australia and the Northern Territory

The South Australia and Northern Territory Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce its 2021 symposium entitled “Geotechnics and Engineering Geology of South Australian and the Northern Territory” to be held at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide on Monday 22 November 2021

The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the SA-NT Chapter of the AGS and will feature a wide range of presentations, discussions, and networking. The objective of the symposium is to bring together and provide professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students the opportunity to share and discuss their knowledge and experience of geotechnics and engineering geology with a focus on South Australia and Northern Territory.

The intention is that this symposium will include presentations on state-of-the-art practice, new technologies, innovative solutions, and current research in geotechnics and engineering geology.

Call for Abstracts

Suggested Topics

The following are some suggested topics for the symposium:

  • Properties of SA & NT soils and rocks
  • Engineering geology modelling
  • Engineering geology hazards
  • Problem soils and rocks of SA & NT
  • Case histories of SA & NT interesting and iconic projects
  • Sites of geological importance
  • Characterisation of ground risk
  • Innovative ideas for solving SA & NT geotechnical challenges
  • Academic research into SA & NT soils and rocks

Submission of Abstracts

The SA-NT Chapter invites local, national and international practitioners to submit abstracts on geotechnics and engineering geology, particularly pertaining to South Australia and the Northern Territory. Abstracts are not to be more than 300 words and shall be prepared in accordance with the abstract submission guidelines outlined below. Complete abstracts should be sent to by 25 June 2021 for consideration by the symposium organising committee.

Abstracts will be selected based on their quality and relevance to the theme and objectives of the symposium with the successful authors invited to submit a six-page paper for presentation at the symposium. We encourage submissions from the geotechnical engineering and engineering geology professions as well as academia.

Important Dates & Submission

Abstracts are to be submitted by 25 June 2021
Authors will be notified of acceptance of abstracts by 2 July 2021
Full papers are to be submitted by 17 Sept 2021
Final paper submission after addressing any reviewer’s comments by 1 Oct 2021

Abstract Submission Format

Please submit a word document with the following information for abstract submission:

  • Author’s full name(s): e.g. Bob, A. Smith, Jane, S. Smith (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10) * Please underline the presenting author.
  • Author’s full affiliation: Position, name of company/university, email address and contact number (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10)
  • Title: Title of paper, maximum 100 characters (font type: Times New Roman, font style: bold, font size: 12)
  • Abstract: Abstract text, maximum 300 words (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10)
  • Presenting author’s biography: Maximum 150 words (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10)


The cost of the symposium is to be confirmed. Presenters will enjoy free entry to the symposium with discounts for co-authors.


The COVID-19 situation interstate and globally is constantly changing. The SA-NT Chapter of the AGS is aware of the possibility that restrictions on public gatherings and travel may apply in November 2021. In the event of such restrictions being in force, we would aim to repeat the format of our successful 2020 symposium, which included both in-person and online delegates and speakers.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the Chair of the organising committee:

Xiyang (Steve) Chen
M: 0424 907 033


The organising committee is also seeking potential sponsors of the symposium. Interested parties should send through an EOI to Richard Herraman via

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.