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ISRM 2023 Abstract review process


The organisers of the 15th International ISRM Congress 2023, have provided details on the abstract review process — that can be downloaded here.

Please note, abstract submissions are due May 31, 2022.

IAEG Newsletter Issue 1, 2022


The most recent issue of the IAEG newsletter is available to download.

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Major flooding in Mozambique — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

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Latest articles of Issue 4 of the Bulletin listed — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

Call for abstracts — SA/NT Chapter 2022 Symposium


The South Australia and Northern Territory Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce its 2022 Symposium entitled “Sustainability, Innovation and Risk Management in Geotechnical Engineering”, which is to be held in late October 2022.

The symposium forms part of the continuing programme of events organised by the SA-NT Chapter of the AGS and aims to provide the engineering profession with insights into the importance of addressing sustainability through innovation, accounting for contingent risks, in geotechnical engineering in current times, with definitions, commentary and examples for a range of projects and technologies.

This year, the Symposium will include a Workshop in the middle part of the day that will focus on practical aspects of sustainability in relation to geotechnical considerations associated with a major local South Australian project.

The Event

In recent years, attention to climate change and global warming have influenced public perception of all forms of development, from mining to infrastructure, housing to industry, and energy to agriculture. In geotechnical engineering, we continue to be influenced by risk factors associated with ground conditions, reliance on past experience and the desire to provide sound geotechnical assessments and designs.

We are, however, increasingly confronted with the need to address sustainability. This opens the opportunity for innovation, although geotechnical risk management remains a key focus. Already there has been an identifiable trend toward addressing these factors, but there is undoubtedly much more that can be achieved as we turn our minds to alternative options to address future needs in the face of the recognition that we, as geotechnical engineers, can contribute to sustainability issues.

The Symposium’s objective is to bring together practitioners, academics and researchers, students and industry leaders from a range of backgrounds, to share and discuss their experiences on the topic of Sustainability, Innovation and Risk Management in Geotechnical Engineering.

Suggested Topics

The following points are suggested topics for presentation to the Symposium, but all submissions will be given due consideration in view of the breadth of potential subject matter:

  • What innovation solutions do we have for sustainable geotechnics at acceptable risk levels?
  • How can we harness emerging technologies, such as bio-solidification and geothermal piles?
  • Can we be more innovative by widening the appraisal of alternative options to address ground conditions and geotechnical risk?
  • Are there non-traditional methods available to resolve problem ground conditions?
  • Would the improvement of communicating geotechnical risk enable progress with innovation and sustainability?

We invite those wishing to make a presentation at this symposium to submit an abstract to Richard Herraman by close of business Friday 17 June 2022

Organisations wishing to sponsor this event are invited to contact Richard Herraman.

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IAEG Committee Reviews Statutes and Bylaws — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Sydney Chapter Young Geomechanical Professionals’ Night


The Sydney Chapter of AGS is calling for presenters for the Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Night on Wednesday 8 June 2022.

The best applicants (from industry and universities) will be chosen to give a 10-minute presentation on their preferred topic. Successful applicants will be selected based on a half-page abstract on the subject that they propose to present (deadline 9th May) and a one page CV. Following selection, final presentations would be due by 25th May 2022 for AGS review.

Talks need not be overly technical or theoretical but should reflect interesting and challenging aspects of the presenter’s work that would be of interest to the geotechnical community. Participation is open to industry participants under the age of 35 as of 30th September 2022.

Entries will also be reviewed for the potential to be presented at the AGS Symposium later in the year and shortlisted applicants may be invited to prepare a paper for the AGS journal. Applicants who are chosen to present at the YGP Night will be ineligible to apply for the 2022 AGS NSW Research Award on the same topic.

The breadth of the Sydney geotechnical community will be represented on the night. It will be an opportunity to showcase yourself and your work to the industry.

What’s in it for you?

  • $2,500 total prize value for participants
  • Papers may be published in the AGS journal
  • Get your work out there and build your professional portfolio
  • Contribute to the geotechnical community

For more information, please contact Navid Yeganeh via [email protected]

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3rd IAEG African Regional Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, October 2022 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

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Slope stability assessments in the flood-affected Northern Rivers region


The AGS has been approached by flood affected residents to complete slope stability assessments in the Northern Rivers region.

If you are interested and have suitable experience in the completion of such assessments, please contact the AGS National Secretary via [email protected], for contact details.

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IAEG joins IAPG in declaration — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector is available online.

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Severe flooding and landslides in Australia — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

Call for abstracts – 2022 AGS Victorian Symposium


The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce the 2022 AGS Victorian Symposium titled “Digital Geotechnics” to be held on 26 October 2022.

The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the Victorian Chapter of the AGS. The event will showcase recent developments in digital geotechnics and applications of digital geotechnics in practice.  This symposium will be held as a full-day face-to-face event in Melbourne. 

The following is a list of suggested topics:

  • Data capture techniques (drone survey, LIDAR, InSAR etc.) enable improved design/operation outcomes.
  • Data management and integration to identify the geotechnical information gap.
  • Digital twins of infrastructures.
  • 3D geological/geotechnical modelling.
  • Advanced numerical analysis.
  • Construction/operating phases instrumentation and monitoring (settlement, deformation, pore pressure etc.) enabling improved project outcomes.
  • Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in geotechnical engineering.
  • Machine learning in geotechnical engineering.
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) in geotechnical engineering.
  • Geoprobabilistic modelling (spatial variability of ground, geotechnical site investigation, geohazard risk assessment etc.).
  • Other relevant topics to the digital geotechnics theme.

For more information on the event and the submissions process, please see the event page.


The organising committee is interested in hearing from potential sponsors of the symposium; interested parties should contact Alireza Mohammadinia ([email protected]) by 13 May 2022.

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Call for nominations for IAEG — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, March 2022


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AGS SA-NT Chapter 2022 event schedule


The SA-NT Chapter have announced a preliminary schedule of upcoming events for 2022:

  • Late March — Engineer and Student Speed Networking Event, presented by AGS and ICE
  • Late April — Ovimgham Grade Separation, presented by Michael Kipreou (McD)
  • May 22 — Piling for the New Joy Baluch Bridge Duplication at Port Augusta, presented by Matthew Duthy (GHD) & Maria Pham (Aurecon)
  • Late July — Parameters in Soil Strengthening, (TBD) Richard Herraman
  • Late October — AGS SA-NT Chapter Symposium – Topic TBD
  • Late November — Social Event: Popeye Cruise Field Trip

As more details come available the events will be listed on the AGS website.

Sydney Symposium 2022: call for abstracts


The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Sydney Chapter is holding its 26th annual symposium on Friday 11 November 2022, ‘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 encourage ideas and discussions about one of the key aspects of design which is becoming more prevalent in industry and academia.

The organising committee is now calling for abstracts.

Suggested Topics

Reliability-based analysis is a design approach to quantify and incorporate uncertainty into geotechnical analysis using probabilistic techniques. The following are some suggested topics for this symposium:

  • Reliability-based assessments for geotechnical site investigations and interpretation
  • Reliability-based assessments in the derivation of geotechnical design parameters
  • Reliability-based design for cuttings and embankments
  • Reliability-based design for buildings and underground structures
  • Reliability-based design for transport infrastructure

Papers that have been previously published will not be accepted for the symposium.

Further Information

Download the flyer.

More information about the submission process, formats, and important dates, can be found on the Sydney Symposium 2022 event page.

14th NZGS/AGS Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference


Update: The organising committee have extended the deadline for abstract nominations for the 14 ANZ YGP conference to Friday 8th April

The New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) and the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) are excited to invite our young geotechnical professionals to attend the 14th Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference (14YGPC) in Rotorua New Zealand from the 2nd to the 5th November 2022. 

The 14YGPC is for geotechnical professionals under 35 years old with 10 or fewer years of experience in the geotechnical field. All attendees are required to present a technical paper on any topic of interest / experience relating to the field of geomechanics or geotechnical engineering or engineering geology. 

Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity, adventure tourism, and Maori culture with world class mountain biking, geyser activity, and spectacular scenery. Come and join us for some fun by the lake, the chance to network with your peers, get some valuable mentoring advice, and learn about the unique engineering challenges in a volcanically active area. 

Abstracts and Nominations

Nominations of delegates must be supported by a senior mentor and include an abstract of 250 words on a topic that is related to geotechnical practice or research. 

Positions are limited to approximately 50 attendees. Successful nominations will be selected based on the quality and relevance of the abstract.

All successful nominations will be required to submit a technical paper prior to the conference, which they will then present at the conference. The Don Douglas Youth Fellowship Award and the Young Geotechnical Professional Fellowship will be awarded to the best Australian paper and the best New Zealand paper, respectively, during the conference.

Nomination form

To be submitted to [email protected] by Friday 8th April


The cost of this three-day event is anticipated to be approximately NZD$1,500. 

This cost covers registration to the conference, three nights’ accommodation in Rotorua, the welcome reception, one conference banquet, the dinner, and a 1-day field trip to discover the unique setting of the Rotorua area. 

Travel to and from Rotorua is not included.

Important Dates

  • 8 April 2022 – Nominations and abstracts due
  • 14 April 2022 – Notice of acceptance
  • 30 July 2022 – Full papers due
  • 9 September – Notice of full paper acceptance
  • 30 September 2022 – Registrations close
  • 2 November 2022 – Welcome Reception
  • 3-4 November 2018 – Conference presentations
  • 5 November 2018 – Field trip

Covid Policy

Vaccine Passports will be required to attend this event.

This event may be postponed or even cancelled if international and/or regional travel is restricted and/or there is concern regarding COVID transmission. The committee will review the current COVID restrictions in mid-October and may decide to postpone for a later date or even cancel the event, depending on the circumstances at the time.

Further Information

Please contact organising committee through [email protected]