AGS Sydney Symposium 2023

Sustainable Geotechnics in Design, Materials, Construction and Maintenance

The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Sydney Chapter is holding its 27th annual Symposium on Friday 10 November 2023, ‘Sustainable Geotechnics in design, materials, construction and maintenance’. The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the AGS Sydney Chapter. It aims to encourage ideas and discussions about one of the key aspects of design, construction and research which are becoming more prevalent in industry and academia.


The symposium will showcase state-of-the- art practices, new research findings and case histories that demonstrate sustainable design, construction and development.

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.

Keynote/Invited Speakers

Nilo Cesar Consoli

Prof. Nilo Cesar Consoli Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Reuse of Iron Exploitation Waste as a New Binder for Tailings Stabilisation in Dry Stacks: Circular Economy Approach

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna University of Technology of Sydney (UTS)

Innovative Use of Recycled Rubber Elements for Sustainable Rail Infrastructure

Prof. Hadi Khabbaz University of Technology of Sydney (UTS)

Exploring Impacts of Abundantly Available Sustainable By-Product Materials in Australia on Stabilizing Expansive Soils

Nasser Khalili

James Ng and Nasser Khalili State Asphalt NSW and UNSW

Sydney’s First Road Made with Recycled Coffee Cups


Prof. Ernesto Villaescusa Chair of Rock Mechanics, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University

Investigation of a Calcinated Clay Product for Shotcrete Support

Saman Zargarbashi Principal Geotechnical Engineer, WSP

Opportunities for Sustainable Geotechnical Engineering Practice: Two Case Studies from Australia

Jessica Dalton Principal Geotechnical Engineer, WSP

Case Study Comparing Embodied Carbon Emissions in Two Road-Over-Rail Bridge Foundation Designs

Jason Hellmuth Technical Director, GHD

Sustainable Choices in Geotechnics – a Case Study of Quarry to Parkland Conversion

Hamid Mortazavi Bak Associate Geotechnical Engineer, Beca

Study on Shear Response of Biopolymer-MICP Treated Soil-Steel Interface

Sahyouni Adnan Geotechnical Engineer, Menard

Repowersting of Wind Turbines Supported by CMC

Jonathan Cheng Graduate Engineer, Arup

Embodied Carbon Assessment of Geotechnical Works

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship packages and opportunities are available for the symposium. More information is available in the Sponsorship Opportunities flyer.

Potential sponsors are invited to contact Saman Zargarbashi via [email protected]

Organising Committee


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Author (non-presenter)
$150.00 inc. GST
AGS Member
EA Member
$550.00 inc. GST
$675.00 inc. GST
AGS Student Member
Non-Member Student/Concession
$200.00 inc. GST

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