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IAEG Connector Top articles of 2021

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The IAEG have compiled a list of top articles from their e-Connector newsletter in 2021. You can read the list here.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular December 2021

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

183rd IAEG Connector

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Follow up of Melamchi Disaster, North of Kathmandu, Nepal — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Victoria PhD Research Award 2022 Call for Nominees

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The AGS Victoria PhD Research Award is presented by the Victoria Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society as part of its ongoing support of academic institutions and researchers and to foster increased collaboration between academia and industry. The award aims to provide a forum for PhD researchers to showcase their research to geotechnical profession. The award is presented biannually starting from 2022.

The Award

The winner will receive:

  • a token of appreciation; and
  • cash prize of $1,500 from the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Selection

Applications will be required to submit an abstract for review. Shortlisted candidates will be selected and required to prepare a technical paper for publication in Australian Geomechanics Journal and make a 15 minutes presentation at a meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society. Mentorship, by a representative of AGS Victoria committee, will be available to short- listed applicants. A judging panel will evaluate abstracts and review technical papers and presentations. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting and in Australian Geomechanics at the time of publication. Candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria with equal weighting given to paper and presentation:

  • Scientific quality;
  • Originality;
  • Innovation;
  • Standard of presentation; and
  • Practical significance.

How to apply

The entry should comprise:

  • An abstract for the proposed technical paper in the Australian Geomechanics journal format and limited to 500 words.
  • a completed and signed application form.
  • A support letter from the primary supervisor, briefly outlining why the work is considered prize-worthy, in pdf format.

Timeline

The award timeline is described below. The technical papers by shortlisted candidates will be published in the Q3 edition of the Australian Geomechanics journal in 2022.

  • 11 February 2022 – Deadline for abstract submissions;
  • 25 February 2022 – shortlisted candidates selected;
  • 10 June 2022 – Submission of technical paper. Review of technical paper is expected to be completed by July for publication in the Q3 edition of the Australian Geomechanics journal
  • 17 August 2022 – presentations by short listed candidates at a technical meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the AGS. The winner to be announced on the night.
  • September 2022 – publication of the Q3 edition of Australian Geomechanics with short listed candidate papers and announcement of the prize winner.

It is expected that candidates submitting for the prize in the year of the award will be suitably advanced in their research at the time of abstract submission to ensure that their paper submission is not delayed and the above timeline is met. Where candidates are unlikely to meet the above timeline they should consider submitting for the prize at a later time.

Applicants must be:

  • Undertaking PhD research at a Victorian university in the field of geotechnical engineering, geo- environmental engineering or engineering geology;
  • Nominees must be a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society and a resident of Victoria at the time of application; and
  • Nominees must also have their supervisor’s consent to apply for this award.

Please forward your submission to the Secretary of the Australian Geomechanics Society, Victorian Chapter, Daniel King via [email protected] australiangeomechanics.org

For queries, contact Yuqi Tan ([email protected])

IAEG Electronic Newsletter 2021 Issue No.3

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The latest issue of the IAEG Electronic Newsletter 2021 Issue No.3 can be downloaded here.

8th International Symposium for Geotechnical Safety & Risk

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8th International Symposium for Geotechnical Safety & Risk will be held in Newcastle in December 14-16, 2022. It will be highly appreciated if you can circulate the attached “call for abstracts” to AGS members.

More information can be found in the event flyer and at ISGSR2022.org.

178th IAEG Connector

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Highlights of IAEG Council meeting on October 7, 2021 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

177th IAEG Connector

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Speaker Announced for the 38th Manuel Rocha Lecture in Lisbon, Portugal — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE-TC202 and UTS-TRC hosted International Young Professionals Workshop on Transport Infrastructure

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Registrations are now open for the International Young Professionals Workshop on Road-Rail Infrastructure (Hybrid), 26th November 2021, SydneyThe early bird fee will end this Friday 29 October.

This hybrid event is organized by the Transport Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and is expected to attract a large virtual participation of international young professionals via ZOOM.

The updated workshop and registration information can be found on Humanitix.

The event is co-sponsored by the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS), ISSMGE TC202 – Transportation Geotechnics, and SMEC-Australia.

We are hoping that some of your young civil engineering staff and PhD students can attend.

176th IAEG Connector

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Farewell to Prof. Paul Marinos and FedIGS update — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

175th IAEG Connector

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Honorary President of IAEG, Professor Paul Marinos, Passes Away — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

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: [email protected] 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.