Lecture Series on Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice
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 3rd lecture of the 2nd Edition of AGERP’21, which will be on ‘Geotechnics of Tailings Dams’. This is scheduled to be hosted in two sessions on 12:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 18:00, 28th May 2021 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 27th May 2021 (AEST).
The 3rd Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Scott Michael Olson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) and Mr. Michael Jefferie (Consulting Engineer, UK).
Rock Hazard Seminar on May 21, 2021 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.
ISSMGE News & Information Circular
The May 2021 issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available online.
Call for abstracts – 2nd International Geomechanics Symposium
The 2nd International Geomechanics Symposium will be held on 1-3 November 2021 in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Co-hosted by the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA), the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS), and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and endorsed by the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the conference is a multi-disciplinary, multi-society summit.
The hybrid event will provide both in-person and virtual platforms for operators, technology developers, services providers, academicians, and provide world-class geomechanics training to young professionals and students.
The symposium has announced the website and Call for Abstracts. The technical topics cover a wide range of geomechanical applications:
Rock and in-situ stress characterization including lab and field measurements, rock physics and geomechanics, seismic geomechanics and borehole geophysics, and integrated multi-disciplinary approach.
Natural fracture characterization and interaction with hydraulic fracture
Drilling geomechanics in naturally fractured reservoirs
Hydraulic fracturing including in highly stressed tight and unconventional rock, across differential depleted units, completion optimization, diagnostics integration, planning, preventing, and mitigating casing deformation, production, and recovery.
Reservoir geomechanics for well planning and design, including depletion effect
Carbonate geomechanics for field development
Underground storage and CO2 sequestration
Geomechanics in geothermal energy
AI Geomechanics modeling and applications (artificial intelligence & machine learning)
Please submit your abstracts online. The deadline is 24 May 2021. Representing over 42 international organizations, the organizing committee welcomes and invites you to join us in November.
9th YEG Webinar Series
AGS member are invited to register for the 9th e-YEG webinar series with invited talks from Prof. Jordi Corominas Dulcet (Spain) & Dr. Anika Braun (Germany) on Rock Hazard and Future Considerations.
Topic: Rock Hazard and Future Considerations
Path: search for YEG IAEG’s Zoom Meeting or subscribe to IAEG YEG on YouTube.com
The conservation of monuments and historic sites is one of the most challenging problems facing modern civilization. It involves, in inextricable patterns, factors belonging to different fields (cultural, humanistic, social, technical, economical, administrative) and the requirements of safety and use appear (and often are) in conflict with the respect of the integrity of the monuments.
The complexity of the topic is such that a shared framework of reference is still lacking among art historians, architects, structural and geotechnical engineers.
This is proved by the fact that, although there are exemplary cases of an integral saving of any structural component with its static and architectural function, as a material witness of the culture and the construction techniques of the original historical period, there are still examples of uncritical confidence in modern technology which lead to the replacement of previous structures with new ones, which only preserve an iconic appearance of the original monument.
The possibility of finding in practice an acceptable equilibrium is linked to the development of a shared culture. For this reason, the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering promoted over 30 years ago an ad hoc Committee (on Preservation of Monuments and Historic Sites), as suggested by Jean Kerisel and Arrigo Croce. Since that founding period, a number of international and regional symposia have been organised, and in recognition of his pioneering work a honour lecture has been dedicated to Jean Kerisel. The first Kerisel Lecture was delivered at International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE) in 2013 in Paris; the second one at the ICSMGE in Seoul in 2017, and the third one will be offered during next International Conference of the TC301, which is now announced and will be held in Naples in June 2022, following the successful tradition started with the previous ones in 1996 and 2013.
Moving from general principles and maintenance strategies of conservation, the conference is addressed not only to geotechnical engineers but also to professionals from other disciplines to debate what is worth preserving and how is it possible. The contribution of investigation and monitoring, performed to reach a deep knowledge of the monument and its construction history, a prerequisite of any maintenance strategy, is a corollary theme of the conference.
In addition to basic requirements regarding the safeguarding and preservation of a single monument, a further very important task to be debated concerns the compatibility of demand of modern civilization with the preservation of historic sites and heritage. There is a need of expanding the reference terms, by considering the effects of urban developments and tunnelling on built heritage, as well as considering the preservation of “diffuse heritage”, i.e. problems related to the scale of a urban environment (slope stability, natural and man induced subsidence, underground infrastructures).
Dynamic identification analyses, effects of local soil condition and influence of soil-structure interaction are further demanding themes to be addressed in relation to seismic risk and mitigation measures.
Belarus is declared IAEG’s newest national group — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.
Extended deadline for submission of papers for Australian Geomechanics special issue
As noted previously in the Australian Geomechanics (AG) journal and on the AGS website, a special issue of AG is planned for December 2021 publishing a collection of papers written by female geotechnical professionals (as the main author or a co-author).
The response to the call for papers has been fantastic. Multiple requests have been received asking for an extension to the deadline for paper submissions, so this has been changed to the 31st of May 2021.
We look forward to receiving a wide range of technical papers containing contributions from female geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists.
149th IAEG Connector
Three major volcanic eruptions in one week! — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.
ISSMGE News & Information Circular
The April 2021 issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available to read online.
146th IAEG Connector
Abstract Deadline of March 31, 2021, for the Euroengeo2021 Conference — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.
NZGS Symposium 2021
NZGS wishes you could join us in person at the 2021 Symposium but appreciates that your circumstances may have been affected by COVID. Therefore for this year’s Symposium a selected virtual option has been put together to give you access to a portion of each day’s programme.
Courtesy of Sponsor rocscience, the virtual keynote recordings will be made available to NZGS members after the event concludes through the NZGS website.
The below options give you live time access to the keynote sessions with live Q&A as well as some special sessions. With the virtual registration, you will be able to be part of the event by interacting through the Symposium App! The live Q&A system, allows you to ask questions to speakers during their presentations and they will be answered at the end of the session. You can sign up for just one day or both days. As an individual or as a company office.
Those registered will receive access to the event stream a day prior to the Symposium.
Day 1 Virtual registration option – Thursday 25 March
9.00 – 9.45: Virtual Keynote: Dr Sissy Nikolaou “Functional Recovery: Design Utopia or Elective Reality?” Chaired by Eleni Gkeli
10.45 – 11.45: Misko Cubrinovski & Mike Stannard “Update on Finalisation of the MBIE / NZGS Geotechnical Guidelines” Sponsored by MBIE – Chaired by Ross Roberts
13.26 – 14.08: Virtual Keynote: Prof Ross Boulanger “Modeling slope instability due to undrained creep in clays and plastic silts” Introduced by Major Sponsor Ground Investigation (Marco Holtrigter) – Chaired by Philip Robins
Individual – Thursday
Company – Thursday (one office)
Company – Thursday (each additional office)
Day 2 Virtual registration option – Friday 26 March
8.30 – 9.20: Day 2 Welcome followed by Virtual Keynote: Dr George Gazetas “Seismic Performance of Caisson & Multi-Block Gravity Quay-Walls” Introduced by Major Sponsor Stantec (Ioannis Antonopoulos) – Chaired by Sally Dellow
10.30 – 11.40: Panel Discussion “Soil / Structure Interaction & Collaboration between Geotechnicaland Structural Engineers” Sponsored by EQC – Chaired by Ayoub Riman
12.40 – 13.22 Virtual Keynote: Dr Chris Haberfield “Temporary Support of Deep Basement Excavations in Rock” Chaired by Martin Larisch