Engineers Australia

Sydney Symposium 2021

The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Sydney Chapter is holding its 25th annual Symposium on Friday 12 November 2021, ‘Geotechnical Lessons Learnt – Building and Transport Infrastructure Projects’. The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the AGS Sydney Chapter. It aims to keep the engineering industry informed of recent geotechnical advances in building and transport infrastructure projects, as well as the challenges and opportunities out there.


The symposium will showcase state-of-the-art practices, new research findings and case histories that demonstrate geotechnical advances and challenges in building and transport infrastructure projects. The organising committee invites papers on geotechnical aspects of building and transport infrastructure projects, underground structures, specialist testing and application of smart technologies.

The symposium presents an opportunity for professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students to meet and share their knowledge and experiences in geotechnical engineering.

Suggested Topics

The following are some suggested topics for this symposium:

  • Applications of Smart Technologies in Geotechnical Engineering Projects
  • Retrofitting, Rehabilitation and Restoration of Geotechnical Structures: Design and Construction Aspects
  • Specialist Testing (Laboratory and In-situ) in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Underground Structures- Geotechnical Design and Construction Aspects

Papers that have been previously published will not be accepted for the symposium.

Important Dates & Submission

Abstracts must be submitted by 30 April 2021, with papers to be completed by 23 July 2021. All papers will be peer reviewed and should be submitted in the Australian Geomechanics journal format.

The final version of the papers, after addressing any reviewers’ comments, must be submitted by 8 October 2021.

All abstracts and papers should be sent to Ali Parsa.

By submitting a paper for the symposium, the author(s) are giving permission for the AGS to publish the paper in the proceedings and other AGS national publications.

Abstract Format

One-page abstracts should be submitted in the following format:

  • Title of presentation (font type: Times New Roman Bold, font size: 14, alignment: centre)
  • Authors’ full names (font type: Times New Roman Bold, font size: 10, alignment: centre)
  • Authors’ full affiliation and address including position, name of company/university, email address and contact number (font type: Times New Roman Italic, font size: 10, alignment: centre)
  • Underline the presenter’s name (only one presenter)
  • Abstract’s text, maximum 500 words (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10, alignment: left justified)
  • Page layout with 20 mm margins (top, bottom, left and right)
  • In the covering email sent to the organising committee, author(s) must confirm that the abstract and the proposed paper have not been previously published

Organising Committee

  • Ali Parsa, JK Geotechnics (Organising Committee Coordinator)
  • Sam Mirlatifi, GHD
  • Hadi Khabbaz, University of Technology Sydney
  • Adrian Hulskamp, JK Geotechnics
  • Cholachat Rujikiat-kamjorn, University of Technology Sydney
  • AHM Kamruzzaman (Zaman), TfNSW
  • Puvaneswary Rajarathnam, AECOM
  • Kourosh Kianfar, SMEC
  • Saman Zargarbashi, Arup
  • Mehdi Tamadon, Avopiling

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.