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E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture Call for Nominations

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This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that were the central focus of his research were the application of the theory of elasticity to foundation deformation and the theory of plasticity to stability. He also made a major contribution to the theory of consolidation of clay soils. Ted Davis was always extremely conscious of the link between theory and practice, the relationship between the idealised and the real material, and the engineering significance of his work.

Basis of the Award

The lecturer is a person selected by the National Committee as having made a distinguished recent advancement to geomechanics knowledge in Australia.

Nomination

Nominations should be made through the Chapter Committees, or by individuals, to the secretary of the National Committee, following a call for nominations in Australian Geomechanics. Determination of the award is by a subcommittee of the National Committee. The nominee is expected to be a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Selection

The Chairman of the National Committee shall promulgate a sub-committee of 3 members of the National Committee to consider nominations for the award.

Presentation

In the first instance, the Lecturer’s presentation is made separately to a meeting of members of the Sydney Chapter and the Victorian Chapter of the Society.
At one of those meetings, the award memento will be presented by the National Committee, or as otherwise arranged. The memento consists of a framed certificate and a glass plaque. The Lecture may be presented

at other Chapter meetings, subject to individual arrangements.

Submission Deadline

30th Nov 2021

To make a nomination for the E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture Award please download the nomination form and forward your submission to the secretary of the Australian Geomechanics Society, Peter Robinson via: secretary@ australiangeomechanics.org

174th IAEG Connector

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Euroengeo meeting this week in Athens — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is now available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular October 2021

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The October issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is now available online.

173rd IAEG Connector

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3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will happen next week! — The latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

172nd IAEG Connector

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Volcano in Canary Islands Erupts — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is online.

NZGS Climate Change Symposium

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The New Zealand Geotechnical Society in partnership with Engineering New Zealand, The Sustainability Society and MBIE will host a symposium to discuss the role of geotechnical engineers in climate change.

The NZGS Climate Change Symposium was originally intended to take place on 30th September and have in-person attendance at regional hubs.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns across the country, we have decided to move the symposium online, and instead of being run as a full day event, we will be splitting this up into 3 sessions of 2-3 hours on consecutive days. Each session will be 2pm – 4pm. 

The symposium will engage the geotechnical industry in New Zealand and start discussions on how our industry can reach the carbon emission goals set by the New Zealand government. What does it mean for the geotechnical industry in New Zealand? Where do we need to stretch, collaborate and re-invent ourselves to meet the targets? Regardless if you work as a consultant, contractor, academic or policy maker, we are looking for a broad range of different opinions as this topic is important for all of us and collaboration, innovation and transformation are critical to start the process.

We hope to spark your interest and stimulate many constructive discussions about this topic and we want to hear different opinions and approaches how to overcome some of the current barriers. Collaboration is the key to reach these targets and help building a more sustainable future.

Cost

Online                     $25.00 incl. GST
Online (Student)     $15.00 incl. GST

Registration

Register online at Engineering NZ.

C25 Workshop on Engineering Geological Models

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Join EUROENGEO in a virtual workshop to discuss the First Draft of the C25 Guidelines for the Development and Application of Engineering Geological Models on Projects.

Wednesday 6th October 0900 – 1230 Athens time (UTC/GMT +2 hours)

Registration Form

The draft can be downloaded here.

171st IAEG Connector

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Iceland volcano bulging – will it erupt? — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

170th IAEG Connector

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1st IAEG South American Regional Conference This Week — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular

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The September 2021 issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available online.

AS2159 Survey

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You may recall that you were recently invited to share your views on the need for revisions to AS2159-2009 and AS3798-2007. The Piling and Foundations Specialist Federation are also seeking similar feedback.

AGS has been approached by the PSFS to see if our members would like to provide a more detailed response. So if the AS2159 is near to your heart and you would like to have a greater say in its future, please take the opportunity to complete the PFSF’s survey at AS2159 Code Committee Survey Link.

6th AGERP’21 lecture on Design of Foundations

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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 and the members of AGS to the 6th lecture of the 2nd Edition of AGERP’21, which will be on ‘Design of Foundations‘.

This is scheduled to be hosted in two sessions on 17:00 – 18:00, 23rd September 2021 (AEST) and 17:00 – 18:00, 24th September 2021 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 22nd September 2021 (AEST).

The 6th Lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor Harry Poulos(University of Sydney, Australia).

Further information and registration (free but mandatory): https://www.age-rp.com
The flyer for the lecture is attached here.

169th IAEG Connector

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3rd European IAEG Conference in Athens, Greece, in October goes hybrid — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories

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The Case Histories Journal is pleased to announce that Issue #2 of Volume 6 has been published and all papers are available in open access.

The Case Histories Journal is a peer-review journal on the geotechnical engineering practice with a focus on careful documentation of case histories with and emphasis on observations and data collected during and after project construction. Papers are reviewed by a distinguished international Editorial Board and a selected number of reviewers. All paper published in the journal are accompanied by electronic data for better documentation of each case history.

Volume 6, Issue #2 Table of Contents

View Issue

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, August 2021

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

Highlights include: elections of the ISSMGE President 2022-2026, 20ICSMGE / 7iYGEC dates, the ISSMGE Time Capsule Project, a new webinar, and a call for proposals for the 3rd Hutchinson Lecture.

International Young Professionals Workshop on Rail-Road Infrastructure (YPWRI)

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The Transport Research Centre (TRC), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is delighted to welcome you all to attend the International Young Professionals Workshop on Rail-Road Infrastructure (YPWRI), to be held in hybrid (combining a physical event in Sydney, Australia with an online option) on 26 November 2021.

The workshop receives unreserved support from the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track (ITTC-Rail), the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) through TC 202: Transportation Geotechnics.

This full-day workshop will provide young professional engineers and research students useful exposure to current and future industry trends, national priorities and current developments in transport infrastructure, and to learn and share their knowledge and experience through networking with peers. The wide array of presentations will focus on R&D outcomes of significant industry impact, state-of-practice in national and international mega projects as well as technological innovations which will be of interest to a broad audience.

Please see the event brochure containing more details and complete registration via this link: https://events.humanitix.com/trc .

Early bird registration now  open until 29 October 2021.

164th IAEG Connector

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Three major landslides and floods this week — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector Newsletter is available to read online.

Bright Spark Lecture Award

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Please note that the deadline for award nominations has been extended to 30 September 2021.

The International Young Professionals Workshop on Railroad Infrastructureis proudly sponsored by the Transport Research Centre (TRC), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track (ITTC-Rail) will be held on Friday 26th November 2021. The workshop receives unreserved support from the Australian Geomechanics Society and International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering through TC 202: Transportation Geotechnics. Under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Director of TRC UTS, the workshop will showcase the recent advancement in the field of Transport Infrastructure with special reference to ground engineering and construction materials. HDR students and young professionals will present on a range of emerging themes and advances in the areas of Transport Geotechnics such as innovative R&D outcomes, practices, technological applications and case studies. It will provide young professionals exposure to the industry, to further their careers, and network with peers and industry leaders.

The Conference Organising Committee wishes to invite all ISSMGE member societies to nominate their most promising young geotechnical engineers as candidates to speak at the International Young Professionals Workshop on Railroad Infrastructure on 26 November 2021 held by Transport Research Centre at University of Technology Sydney. Two young engineers will be chosen based on their research track record or industry experience. They will have the opportunity to present their work as the recipient of the ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture Award.

The awardees will be invited to give a 15-20 minute keynote presentation at the workshop. The Bright Spark award will go to the young geotechnical engineer that exemplifies mature research or practice and epitomises what the ISSMGE is looking for in engineers of tomorrow.

The Award criteria are as follows:

Age 36 or under on the last day of the workshop (26 November 2021)

Deadline of 30 August 2021 for nominations.

Deadline of 30 Sep 2021 for nominations.

Please submit the application form online and providing the CV and referee letters of the applicants via ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture award Application Form.

Please contact Christine Smith via email christine.smith-1@uts.edu.au for issues and questions.

Special offer on Geotech Books

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Special offer for AGS members from Whittles Publishing!

With the forthcoming publication of Environmental and Engineering Geology by Prof. James S. Griffiths and Prof. F.G. Bell the publisher is pleased to extend the offer of 15% discount which also applies to all their geotechnical list such as Soil and Rock Description in Engineering Practice, 3rd edition and two books featuring Professor Alan W. Bishop, soil mechanics pioneer. 

Just enter WPAGS15 at checkout to receive the discount.

163rd IAEG Connector

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41 new articles in Volume 80, Issue 8 of the IAEG Bulletin — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.