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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.

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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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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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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

ISRM2023 extension of abstract submission deadline

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Extension of abstract submission deadline

The deadline for submitting an abstract to the 15th ISRM International Congress 2023 is
extended to June 30th, 2022 (23:59:59).

The congress will be held in Salzburg, Austria. On the congress homepage, you can find information on the preliminary session topics and more: www.isrm2023.com

205th IAEG Connector

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ISRM 2023 Abstract review process

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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

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

201st IAEG Connector

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Call for abstracts — SA/NT Chapter 2022 Symposium

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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.

198th IAEG Connector

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