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Call for nominations — AGS Practitioner Award and D.H. Trollope Medal

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The Australian Geomechanics Society is calling on members for nominations for the AGS Practitioner Award and the D.H. Trollope Medal.

AGS Practitioner Award

This biennial award recognises contributions of the highest order over an extended period with a commitment to the geotechnical profession in Australia and the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Nominations

Nominations should be made by at least three persons (not necessarily members) to the Secretary of the National Committee of the Society following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics. Nominations must be accompanied by a comprehensive supporting document.

AGS Practitioner Award Nomination Form

D.H. Trollope Medal

The Trollope Medal is awarded to the author of an outstanding paper on either theoretical or applied geomechanics. The work reported in the paper must have been undertaken in Australia by an author under 35 years of age and can have been published anywhere in the world in the previous four years. The nominated author must have been primarily responsible for the work and would normally be the principal author of the paper.

Nominations

The nomination can be made by any member of the Society. The nomination requires the approval of the author and should be accompanied by two copies of the paper. The nomination is to be accompanied by an electronic (disk or USB) copy of the Doctoral thesis, which will be returned following the selection process.

The nominations should be forwarded to the Secretary of the National Committee following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics Journal. Nominations will be called every two years, normally in the alternate year to the EH Davis Memorial Lecture.

D.H. Trollope Medal Nomination Form

129th IAEG Connector

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Chile Applies for Newest National Group Status — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is now available online.

Vale Gavin Alexander

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The former NZGS Chair and NZGS Life Member, Gavin Alexander, passed away on 19th November 2020 after a battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.

Gavin served on the NZGS management committee for a decade taking on the roles of Treasurer, Chair and more recently the ISSMGE Vice President for Australasia.

During Gavin’s tenure as Chair the NZGS was awarded the Outstanding Member Society of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in recognition of the impact that the Society was having under his stewardship.

He also took a leading role in managing the Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering Practice Modules, guiding their delivery in a way that has resulted in a very significant improvement in performance across the  geotechnical discipline.

Further information, along with a link to an online memorial book, is available on the NZGS website.

128th IAEG Connector

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Professor Ulusay Retires as editor of the Bulletin — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

127th IAEG Connector

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Abstracts due on December 4, 2020, for IAEG Meeting in Argentina, 2021 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector is available online.

ISRM Technology Invention Award

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In 2019 the ISRM approved the ISRM Science and Technology Awards, which have the following two categories to be conferred on alternate years:

  • Science Achievement Award;
  • Technological Invention Award.

In 2021 the ISRM Technological Invention Award will be conferred on ISRM corporate members in recognition of one or more of the following contributions to the progress of applied rock mechanics and rock engineering:

  • development and application of a new equipment or testing system;
  • development and application of a new testing method;
  • development and application of a new technology;
  • development and application of a new material.

A complete description of the nature and objectives of this Award, as well as of the nomination procedure, can be found in the “GUIDELINE for the ISRM Science and Technology Awards”.

Nominations for the award shall be by the chairs of the ISRM National Groups, which are kindly asked to spread this announcement through their members and to coordinate the nomination procedure.

The deadline for submission of nominations for the ISRM Technology Invention Award 2021 is 20 March 2021.

126th IAEG Connector

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7.0 earthquake in Turkey/Greece causes many deaths — The latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, November 202

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The latest news and information circular from the ISSMGE is available online.

See the ISSMGE website for full details of all ISSMGE activities.

10th AGERP Lecture

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The organising committee of the Lecture Series on Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) is pleased to invite you to the 10th instalment of the Lecture series, which will be on ‘Improvement of Soft Soils with special reference to Transport Infrastructure’. This is scheduled to be hosted on 17:00 – 19:30, 13th November 2020 (AEST).

Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 12th November 2020 (AEST).

The 10th Lecture will be delivered by Professor Buddhima Indraratna (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and Dr. AHM Kamruzzaman (Transport for NSW, Australia) .

Further information and registration

The flyer for the lecture is available here

Vale John Neilson

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John L Neilson passed away on 17th October 2020 at the age of 90, following a 5-year battle with illness.

John’s funeral service will be live-streamed on Monday 02 November at 2pm. John’s family has provided the following link https://bit.ly/2TdzMfG for his friends and colleagues to join this celebration his life.

Members are also invited to leave comments and tributes on the memoriam page. Comments will be collated and shared with John’s family.

IAEG Electronic Newsletter Issue No.3 October 30, 2020

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The 2020 IAEG Newsletter Issue No.3 can be downloaded at this link.

The Australia and New Zealand Geotechnical Design Challenge 2020

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The Australia and New Zealand Geotechnical Design Challenge is part of an international survey intended to assess the consistency of calculation models and design methods for a variety of geotechnical structures and, where possible, to compare the results with full-scale tests and reliability analyses. The survey includes ten common geotechnical design problems, such as shallow and deep foundations, slope stability and retaining walls, in clay and sand soils.

Harry Poulos gave a briefing regarding the design challenge on 14 October 2020. The briefing is now publicly available to watch.

For those interested in participating in the survey, please follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the ISSMGE Survey web page
  2. Download the soils data:
  3. Submit your answers via GoogleForms

You are welcome to answer as few or as many questions as you wish.

Please submit your queries regarding the design challenge to [email protected]

Fred Baynes webinar

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The Fred Baynes webinar “Guidelines for the Development and Application of Engineering Geological Models on Projects”, recorded on October 7th, 2020 is now online and is being made free to all (public) to view on AGS website for next 30 days.

125th IAEG Connector

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Call for Abstracts for ARC 13 in Singapore in 2021 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector is available online.

9th AGERP Lecture

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The organising committee of the Lecture Series on Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) is pleased to invite you to the 9th installment of the Lecture series, which will be on Energy Geotechnics’. This is scheduled to be hosted on 16:00 – 18:30, 30th October 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 29th October 2020 (AEST).

The 9th Lecture will be delivered by Professor Marcelo Sanchez (Texas A&M University, USA) and Dr. Fleur Loveridge (University of Leeds, England).

Further info. and registration: https://www.age-rp.com

The flyer for the lecture is attached here: Link to Flyer   

124th IAEG Connector

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45 people killed in flood and landslide in Vietnam — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Webinar – Drilled Displacement Piles/Elements for Liquefaction Mitigation

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The Auckland Branch of NZGS are hosting an online presentation – Drilled Displacement Piles/Elements for Liquefaction Mitigation.

28th October 2020
Online 8.30am-10am

More information

Register here

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, October 2020

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The October 2020 issue of the ISSMGE News & Information circular is available online.

123rd IAEG Connector

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Prof. Heitfeld celebrates 96th birthday and Prof. Valdiya leaves incredible legacy — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

121st IAEG Connector

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YEG has new chair and new active agenda! — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

120th IAEG Connector

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Euroengeo 2020 now offers two types of submissions — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.