Society News

Registration Open — TRC- National Workshop on Transportation Geomechanics and Ground Improvement

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National Workshop on Transportation Geomechanics and Ground Improvement organised by the Transport Research Centre, UTS will be held on 24 Nov 2022, at Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney. The details of the Workshop program including speakers and registrations can be found using the link below.

https://events.humanitix.com/trc22workshop

The early Bird Discount rate deadline is on 24 October 2022.

Workshop Chair:

Distinguished Prof Buddhima Indraratna

Email: [email protected]

Technical Program Coordinator:

Dr Trung Ngo (for all technical enquiries)

Email: [email protected]

IAEG Connector, 6 month round-up

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I encourage everyone who does not subscribe to our incredible journal to see the list of articles that we have posted for the past 6 months!

There have been lots of geo-disasters around the world this week! Some parts of the world are having incredible droughts while others are having abundant rainfall. Most of the news items are a result of rain like the debris flows in Wellington, New Zealand and Pakistan, and the landslides in Skagway, Alaska (USA), Devon (UK), and Colombia (South America).

A collection of articles published in the last six months by the IAEG can be read online.

AGS Sydney Symposium 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

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The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Sydney Chapter is holding its 26th annual Symposium on Friday 11 November 2022, on ‘Reliability-based Design: Advances, Innovation and Experiences’. The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the AGS Sydney Chapter.

It aims to provide an opportunity to inform geotechnical engineers on reliability-based design and some of the advances, innovation and experiences. The symposium also provides a forum to present the state-of-the-art practice and recent geotechnical advancements made in the practice.

Sponsorship

What sponsorship will do for you

  • Significantly increase your visibility and impact at the Symposium
  • Promote your organisation to hundreds of senior-level decision- makers in the industry, and
    nearly 2500 readers of Australian Geomechanics spread throughout Australia
  • Establish name and product recognition
  • Demonstrate to colleagues and clients that you support the industry.
  • Sponsorship is a direct line to customers who may never come to you
  • Sponsorship is a targeted, cost effective marketing opportunity

Benefits of sponsorship

  • Ability to upload a video (2 minutes long ) to play during the symposium, and/or provide LinkedIn – link for each level of sponsorship
  • Recognition of your sponsorship at the Symposium and to readers of Australian Geomechanics
  • There will be three levels of sponsorship – Platinum, Gold and Silver.

1. Platinum Sponsor

(one only) – By tender (Minimum $3,000 inc GST)

The Platinum Sponsor will be entitled to acknowledgement on the presenter’s podium and in the Symposium proceedings, and to have their brochure included in the proceedings.

The sponsors will also have their company name on the badge of every symposium attendee and receive a full page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings Promotional benefits include recognition of company name on signage, acknowledgement in program and sponsorship of the bar.

The Platinum Sponsor will be able to set up a booth at the symposium to distribute promotional material to attendees.

Three of the Platinum Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to free admission to the Symposium.

Due to the demand for this sponsorship level, Platinum sponsorship will be by a tender process to provide a fair and equal opportunity for all potential sponsors at this level.

Non-winning bids will be provided the option of Gold or Silver sponsorship.

2. Gold (Major) Sponsors

$2,500 (including GST)

Gold Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Gold Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, and will receive advertisement during the Symposium.

The Gold Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to two physical admissions.

3. Silver Sponsors

$1,500 (including GST)

Silver Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Silver Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, and will receive advertisement in the online Symposium.

Further Information

To apply to be a sponsor, or for further information about sponsorship opportunities, view the Call for Sponsors flyer, or contact Saman Zargarbashi via [email protected]

216th IAEG Connector

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Richard Wolters Candidates Announced — the latest edition of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

17ARC – Abstract submission deadline has been postponed to August 20, 2022

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Please be informed that Abstract submission deadline for 17ARC – the 17th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 2023 in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) has been postponed to August 20, 2022.

Abstracts need to be uploaded to the website. The templates for the Abstracts and Full Papers are available at https://17arc.org/abstracts-papers/.

Full Paper deadline is September 1st, 2022.

To submit your Abstract please register first, after confirming the authorization link in your email, please login to your personal account and submit your Abstract by 20 August and your Full Paper by 1st September.

If you don’t get the authorization email — please email to [email protected]

​​​​​​We look forward to welcoming you to our 17ARC conference in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in 2023.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, August 2022

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The latest issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available to read online.

214th IAEG Connector

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List of IAEG Officers for Upcoming Election Released — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

213th IAEG Connector

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Special messages from IAEG’s President and Secretary General — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

17ARC Abstract Submission Deadline

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The abstract submission deadline for the 17ARC for ATC7 members is August 1st, 2022.

Author can submit, for each author, 3 papers.

Registration and abstract submission can be done via the 17ARC website: https://17arc.org/

Templates for the Abstracts and Full Papers are available at https://17arc.org/abstracts-papers/

To submit your Paper please register first at https://17arc.org/registration/, after confirming the authorisation link in your email, please login https://17arc.org/wp-login.php your personal account and submit your Abstract.

Registration Open — ISGSR 2022

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The 8th International Symposium for Geotechnical Safety & Risk will be held in hybrid mode, December 14-16, 2022 in the University of Newcastle’s landmark education precinct in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD.

The registration for ISGSR 2022 is now open at: isgsr2022.org

  1. Early-bird registration deadline is October 31, 2022 (firm, will not be extended).
  2. We have negotiated discount rates for accommodations. Please visit the ISGSR accommodation page for more details.

212th IAEG Connector

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The latest IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world, is available to read online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, July 2022

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The latest edition of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular, for July 2022, is available to read online.

211th IAEG Connector

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Engineering Geology Disasters all over the world! — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

210th IAEG Connector

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Volcanoes showing some life around the world — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

Call for abstracts, WA 2022 Symposium

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The Western Australia Chapter of the AGS invites geotechnical professionals to submit abstracts for possible inclusion in the upcoming 2022 Symposium.

More information can be found on the event page.

The Western Australia (WA) Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a one-day symposium titled “Engineering Geology and Geotechnics of Western Australia” which is to be held on 17 November 2022. The event will be held in Perth, forming a part of the continued program of events organised by the AGS WA Chapter. It aims to bring together geotechnical professionals to share and discuss their knowledge and experiences related to the engineering geology and geotechnical characteristics of the ground on which we build in Western Australia.

Suggested Topics

  • Engineering geology of WA
  • Geotechnical practices in WA
  • Case studies
  • Geotechnical testing and numerical modelling
  • Recent technological advancements in geotechnical and geological engineering
  • Geotechnics and geology of offshore WA
  • Geotechnical risk management
  • Geotechnical design of infrastructure (rail, road, water, energy, etc)
  • Geotechnical design of offshore, nearshore and onshore mine infrastructures
  • Geology and geotechnical engineering in mining

Important dates and Submissions

Abstracts must be submitted by 13 September 2022.

Abstracts will be selected based on their quality and relevance to the topics of the symposium, with the successful author(s) invited to give a presentation at the symposium.

Abstracts should be prepared in accordance with the abstract submission guidelines below. Successful submissions will be confirmed by the end of September 2022.

Final abstracts should be submitted to Harun Meer via email at [email protected] before 31 October 2022.

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

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)
  • Abstract should also include a relevant and interesting graphic e.g. annotated photograph, graphically presented data, schematic etc.

209th IAEG Connector

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Extended Deadline for Nominations for IAEG Officers — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, June 2022

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The latest issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular, for June 2022, including a link to the latest ISSMGE Bulletin, is available online.

207th IAEG Connector

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IAEG loses good friend, Prof. Keith Turner — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

206th IAEG Connector

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Latest articles in the Bulletin for May, 2022 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Treatment of geotechnical reports under the DBP legislation

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Fair Trading has recently had queries from industry regarding the treatment of geotechnical reports under the Design and Building Practitioners legislation.

This is to clarify that regardless of the fact that there is a design practitioner category for geotechnical engineering, only work which fits the definition of a “regulated design” – that is, a plan, a specification, or a report detailing a design relating to a ‘building element’ for ‘building work’ (as defined by the Design and Building Practitioners Act) — needs to be declared and lodged on the NSW Planning Portal.

Advice relied upon by a design practitioner but which is not itself a “regulated design” does not need to be declared as a regulated design; but should be acknowledged as “specialist advice” on the design declaration form.

A design from a registered design practitioner-geotechnical engineering generally becomes a regulated design if it is a design in an “area of geotechnical engineering” for a building element  (i.e. a load-bearing component of a building that is essential to the stability of the building).    

The dictionary to the DBP Regulation states:

“area of geotechnical engineering means an area of engineering that involves the mechanics of soil and rock and the application of the mechanics to the design and construction of foundations, retaining structures, shoring excavations and ground bearing structures for buildings and other systems constructed of, or supported by, soil or rock, but does not include activities involving only geology or earth science.”

In many cases the geotechnical engineer doesn’t design the load-bearing component of a building that is essential to the stability of the building and instead provides a report on the geology including the loadbearing capacity of the foundation material and the hydrology of the site.

If the geotechnical engineering report is limited to the geology or earth science and doesn’t include a design (eg.for the construction of footings, retaining structures, shoring excavations and ground bearing structures for buildings) the report isn’t a regulated design.

However, a structural engineer, when designing the construction of footings, retaining structures, shoring excavations and ground bearing structures for buildings, may rely on geotechnical engineering reports to ensure the foundation material (i.e. so the ground beneath the footings can withstand the loads of the footings, retaining structures etc). In this case the design of the footings or any of the named structures above, is a regulated design declared by the registered design practitioner-structural engineering.  The geotechnical report relied on for these designs should be declared as specialist advice by the structural engineer.

A geotechnical engineering report would, for example, become a regulated design when the geotechnical engineer includes in their report information describing how to construct the footing or retaining walls or shoring that sits on top of the foundation material.

The full Cert Alert is available here: https://comms.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/link/id/zzzz6286f6d443c8f482Pzzzz6131c1a38bd77001/page.html