Engineers Australia

WA Symposium 2021: Geotechnics in Mining & Infrastructure

The Western Australia (WA) Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a one-day symposium titled “Geotechnics in Mining & Infrastructure” which is to be held on 15 October 2021. The event will be held as an in-person event in Perth, forming part of the continued program of events organised by the AGS WA Chapter. It aims to keep the engineering industry informed of recent geotechnical advances in mining and infrastructure industries, as well as challenges and opportunities.


Western Australia’s mining and construction industries are currently booming with growing investments in public infrastructure and mining projects. Geotechnical engineering forms a crucial foundation for the success of these industries. This symposium will present overviews of current state of-the-art practices, innovation and new research relating to geotechnical engineering within mining and infrastructure environments.

The symposium will bring together Western Australian professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators, and students to share and discuss their experiences in mining and infrastructure geotechnics.

Suggested Topics

The relatively broad theme for this event is to encourage talks related to any aspect of geotechnical engineering in a mining or infrastructure environment. The following are a few suggested topics:

  • Geotechnical design in complex ground conditions
  • Technological advances in data collection and monitoring
  • Numerical modelling
  • Geotechnical risk assessment and management
  • Geotechnical design of public infrastructure (rail, road, water, energy, etc)
  • Rock mechanics in underground or open pit mining
  • Geotechnical design of nearshore and onshore mine infrastructure
  • Mine waste engineering
  • Retrofitting, rehabilitation and restoration of geotechnical structures
  • Project case studies

Important Dates & Submission

Abstracts must be submitted by 30 July 2021.

Abstracts will be selected based on their quality and relevance to the topic of the symposium with the successful authors invited to give a presentation at the symposium.

Completed abstracts should be submitted to Megan Walske via email at before 30 July 2021 for consideration by the organising committee.

Abstracts should be prepared in accordance with the abstract submission guidelines below. Successful submissions will be confirmed by the end of August 2021.

Submission of a paper is not required however we encourage you to prepare a supporting paper that will be considered for publication in our Australian Geomechanics journal.

Abstract Format

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

  • Title of presentation (font/style: Times New Roman Bold, font size: 14, alignment: centre)
  • Authors’ full names (font/style: Times New Roman Bold, font size: 12, alignment: centre)
  • Authors’ full affiliation and address including position, name of company/university, email address and contact number (font/style: Times New Roman Italic, font size: 10, alignment: centre)
  • Underline the presenter’s name (only one presenter)
  • Main body text (font/style: Times New Roman regular, font size: 12, alignment: justified)
  • Page layout with 20 mm margins (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Abstract should also include a relevant and interesting graphic e.g. annotated photograph, graphically presented data, schematic etc.

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.