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ATS2020 Call for Papers


On behalf of the Australian Tunnelling Society (ATS), the ATS2020 Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for the Australasian Tunnelling Conference to be held in Melbourne in 2020. The conference will be held over 3 days in late November, providing a unique opportunity for you to showcase your knowledge and experience to a regional audience.

The theme for the conference is 2020 Vision – Innovating the next 50 years, and your contribution will be aligned with one of the following technical streams:

  • Future Proofing through Project Development and Delivery;
  • Major Projects – Case Studies;
  • Innovative Construction;
  • Challenges for Ground Support and Permanent Lining of Large Excavations;
  • Worlds Best Practice in Health, Safety, Risk, Training and Education;
  • Growth of Digital Engineering and Tunnel Data Systems;
  • Improvements in Tunnel Ventilation and Fire Life Safety;
  • Sustainable Tunnel Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation

To celebrate the 50th year since the first Australian Conference on Tunnelling, the organising committee would like to hear from some of our more senior tunnelling practitioners willing to reflect upon some of the achievements of the tunnelling industry in Australia in the last 50 years. To balance the ledger there will be a technical session that provides a forum for our youngest industry members to present on their tunnel industry experiences. The 50th birthday themes are thus:

  • Tunnelling in Australia – the last 50 years;
  • Young Members – the future of our industry.

If you don’t think your contribution will fit into one of the above technical or birthday streams, but you still have a tunnelling story to share, please submit your abstract for consideration by the conference organising committee.

We all know that ATS Tunnelling Conferences generate a successful mix of high quality technical presentations with great networking and social opportunities, and are a great chance to catch up with your industry colleagues. The 2020 event promises to be no different!

Our industry wants to hear from you, so please submit your abstracts by the due date so that you can be a part of our great industry event.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All abstracts due by 20 December 2019

Go to for submission details.

A flyer is also available.

ISC’6 Early bird registration deadline October 31st


We cordially invite you to the 6th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization to be held in Budapest between 7-11 September, 2020.


Early bird registration has been opened, if you wish to take advantage of the early bird registration fee (deadline October 31st), please head over to our registration site to register to the conference and book your accommodation. Day tours and excursions are also available, detailed information can be found here. Should you require any assistance with your registration, please feel free to contact our organizing partner, Tensi Congress. They can assist you in matters of registration, travel, accommodation, etc. Tensi Congress will also provide a Lufthansa group access code, which you will be able to use to book discount tickets at any Lufthansa group airline. Details will be posted on our website soon. Registration details can be found on the website.

Keynote addresses

We are working tirelessly on arranging conference sessions and keynote speakers, we can currently confirm the following keynote addresses already:

Kenneth H. Stokoe: The Increasing Role of Seismic Measurements in Geotechnical Engineering

Jason DeJong: Integrated Site Characterization: Current Practices, Emerging Opportunities & Research Needs

Helmut Schweiger, Marcos Arroyo: New Advances in Numerical Modelling of CPT

Mitchell Lecture: Fernando Schnaid: On the geo-mechanics and geo-characterization of tailings

Silvano Marchetti Lecture will be delivered by winner of the 1st Silvano Marchetti Award

Silvano Marchetti Award

The 1st Silvano Marchetti Award will be awarded at ISC’6 in memory of Professor Silvano Marchetti. This award will be granted to an author with a publication concerning the dilatometer (DMT and/or SDMT). Full details of the award and information on the application process may be found on our website.

Travel information

Our organizing partner, Tensi Congress secured a discount code for air travel with the Lufthansa Group and their partners. Conference attendees, accompanying persons, exhibitors and guests may use the discount code on our website to book their plane tickets. For more information please visit this page on our website.

Short courses and workshops

The Local Organizing Committee, working together with International Advisory Board, the ISSMGE Technical Committees and colleagues form around the world to fill Monday’s agenda with relevant short courses and workshop. If you are interested organizing a short course, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].


Not only does ISC’6 provide an opportunity to the geotechnical and geophysical communities to share their latest findings and exchange ideas, but it also offers the opportunity for our corporate partners to showcase the latest developments and advancements in field and laboratory testing, data evaluation and processing. A full list of current exhibitors and sponsors can be found on our website. If you are interested in exhibiting, please feel free to contact our organizing partner, Tensi Congress at [email protected].

ISSMGE News & Information Circular October 2019


The October 2019 ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available online.

Sponsorship opportunities for AGS Victoria 2019 AGM & Annual Dinner


The Victoria Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society invites you to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wed. 4th of December 2019, followed by its Annual Dinner.

The Sponsorship Package includes:

  • having your company logo and name on the event webpage
  • the opportunity for a 3-5 minute presentation before dinner
  • the opportunity to have a banner in the venue
  • the opportunity to distribute small items of marketing material
  • registration for the event for two nominated persons


To be included as a sponsor for the event, you will need to complete the sponsorship form and send to the AGS Secretary, Peter Robinson.

You will also need to provide a high resolution (EPS or PDF format) logo of your company for use in marketing and presentation materials.

In considering offers of sponsorship, AGS Victoria will seek a balance in industry type and therefore do not guarantee to accept all offers. region.

69th IAEG Connector Newsletter


The latest IAEG Connector, the newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world, is now available online.

ISSMGE News & Information – September 2019


The ISSMGE News & Information circular for September 2019 is available online.

Call for Abstracts – Symposium on Construction Resources for Environmentally Sustainable Technologies


On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to announce that the first International Symposium on Construction Resources for Environmentally Sustainable Technologies (CREST2020) will be held from March 10 to 12, 2020 in Fukuoka, Japan.(Nishijin Plaza, Kyushu University)

The purpose of this symposium is to disseminate information and exchange ideas on issues related to natural and man-made disasters, and to arrive at solutions through the use of alternative resources, towards building a sustainable and resilient society from geotechnical perspectives.

The symposium aims to bring together scientist, researchers, engineers and policy makers throughout the world under one umbrella for debate and discussion. The symposium will be focusing on sustainability, promotion of new ideas and innovations in design, construction and maintenance of geotechnical structures with aim of contributing towards climate change adaptation and disaster resiliency.

It is hoped that through active participation of all the stake holders (industries, government and academia), the symposium will be able to inculcate some changes to the existing perception of dealing with problems, faced by the humankind in this ever challenging world.

Call for Abstracts

The Organizing Committee of 1st International Symposium on Construction Resources for Environmentally Sustainable Technologies (CREST) Engineering calls for abstract  submissions .

Abstracts must be prepared using following instructions and submitted only via the online submission system of the symposium before September 15, 2019 .

  • Abstracts must be between 100 to 400 words.
  • Abstracts must represent the name of the topic to which the paper is being submitted.
  • Abstracts must include the full names, credentials, affiliations and email addresses for all authors.

At least one author of each accepted paper should register for the conference, in order to be invited to make a presentation (oral or poster) in the technical program.

In order to submit your contribution authors must register in submission system. Upon the registration , authors will acquire a registration username and password.

AGS Tas Chapter field trip to Tasmania’s Southern Midlands


On Thursday 15 August 2019 the AGS Tasmanian Chapter hosted a field trip to Tasmania’s Southern Midlands, to the north of Hobart. We learnt about a wide range of geological units and processes which helps build up our understanding of how these can impact on engineered structures:

  • Rockfall hazard in steep cuts in colluvium on the East Derwent Highway.
  • Landforms associated with periglacial conditions at Baskerville.
  • Road cuttings and bridge foundations associated with the Brighton Bypass road project.
  • Periglacial landformsat Constitution Hill (Dysart) causing challenges for road design and maintenance.
  • Tertiary diatreme at Little Den Hill and nearby landslides impacting Highlands Lakes Road.
  • Hypothesized stream piracy in the upper reaches of the Jordan River catchment at Oatlands.
  • Geo-heritage lunettes caused by aeolian processes from Lake Tiberias which is a deflation basin.
  • Strongly jointed dolerite adjacent to its lower contact causing small landslides impacting the railway line.

The trip was well-attended with 26 participants from a range of sectors of industry and government. Particular thanks goes out once again to Mike Vicary and Colin Mazengarb of Mineral Resources Tasmania who put a lot of work into preparing field notes for the trip. We hope to continue these field trips as an annual Chapter event and invite suggestions from members on other potential itineraries.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular – August 2019


The ISSMGE News & Information Circular for 2019 is available online.

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