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Fred Baynes webinar

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The Fred Baynes webinar “Guidelines for the Development and Application of Engineering Geological Models on Projects”, recorded on October 7th, 2020 is now online and is being made free to all (public) to view on AGS website for next 30 days.

125th IAEG Connector

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Call for Abstracts for ARC 13 in Singapore in 2021 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector is available online.

9th AGERP Lecture

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The organising committee of the Lecture Series on Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) is pleased to invite you to the 9th installment of the Lecture series, which will be on Energy Geotechnics’. This is scheduled to be hosted on 16:00 – 18:30, 30th October 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 29th October 2020 (AEST).

The 9th Lecture will be delivered by Professor Marcelo Sanchez (Texas A&M University, USA) and Dr. Fleur Loveridge (University of Leeds, England).

Further info. and registration: https://www.age-rp.com

The flyer for the lecture is attached here: Link to Flyer   

124th IAEG Connector

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45 people killed in flood and landslide in Vietnam — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Webinar – Drilled Displacement Piles/Elements for Liquefaction Mitigation

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The Auckland Branch of NZGS are hosting an online presentation – Drilled Displacement Piles/Elements for Liquefaction Mitigation.

28th October 2020
Online 8.30am-10am

More information

Register here

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, October 2020

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The October 2020 issue of the ISSMGE News & Information circular is available online.

123rd IAEG Connector

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Prof. Heitfeld celebrates 96th birthday and Prof. Valdiya leaves incredible legacy — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

121st IAEG Connector

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YEG has new chair and new active agenda! — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

120th IAEG Connector

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Euroengeo 2020 now offers two types of submissions — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

HKGES webinar on Rock strengthening upon heating – FACT or MYTH?

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AGS members are invited to attend a HKGES webinar Rock strengthening upon heating – FACT or MYTH? by Dr Louis Wong, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.

The webinar will be held on 9th October 2020 (Fri), GMT+8 (HKT) 6:30pm.

Further details are available in the flyer.

Abstract

Most underground projects, such as geothermal energy extraction, nuclear waste repository and underground excavation for deep mining and caverns, are implemented at the depths ranging only from hundreds to thousands of meters where the temperature is far from reaching the high level for the sole operation of the thermal weakening factors. On the contrary, some experimental studies have reported that rock can be strengthened upon heating, rather than weakened in the mild temperature range from room temperature to 200 °C. Despite the profound scientific and practical significance in the geophysical and geological fields, whether rock will be strengthened or weakened in response to elevated temperature is elusive. We carry out a comprehensive literature review and find that the dual effects of three major mechanisms and their interplay may either increase or decrease rock strength in the mild temperature regime. Nevertheless, rock strengthening is more or less an intrinsic property depending on various factors. We also find that there exists a “transition period” at elevated temperatures from rock strengthening to weakening. This discovery is important for underground engineering projects, since the determination of a number of design parameters relies on the laboratory-measured rock strength. Misinterpreted temperature impact on rock strength in an engineering project potentially leads to structural and/or economical failure. For accurate evaluation of rock strength, future laboratory studies should concentrate on the mildly heated rock relevant to the in situ ground conditions.

118th IAEG Connector

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Incredible career of Prof. Peter Fookes, UK, comes to an end — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

7th Leture of the AGERP series: ‘Biogeotechnics’

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The organising committee of AGERP is pleased to invite you to the 7th instalment of the Lecture series, which will be on ‘ Biogeotechnics ‘.

This is scheduled on 3rd October 2020 (AEST).

Free mandatory registration for this lecture closes at 00:00,  2nd October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jason T. DeJong (University of California, Davis, USA) and Dr. Dimitrios Terzis (Managing Director, MeduSoil).

At the request of the lecturers, this session will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend the session live if you are interested.

Further information and registration (free but mandatory).

More information, please refer to the attached flyer.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular August 2020

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

117th IAEG Connector

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Richard Wolters nominations due Sept. 30, 2020 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Global Synthetics Lecture: Designing Composite Liners on Slopes

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Don’t miss your chance to hear Prof. Kerry Rowe talk about his latest unpublished research findings in a live webinar on Designing Composite Liners on Slopes Part 1: GCL.

Register online

AGERP lecture series: ‘Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering’

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AGERP has launched a lecture series ‘Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice’.

This lecture series is aimed at coupling the learnings from academia and industry on several key topics in the discipline of Geotechnical Engineering. There will be two talks on each lecture: one from an academician and one from a practitioner. The mode of delivery of the lectures is online to ensure a better reach. The lectures are free to attend, but registration is mandatory.

Information and registration is available via the AGERP website.

Flyers are available with information on the Panel Discussion and Lecture 6: Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils.

116th IAEG Connector

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IAEG Bulletin celebrates 50th year birthday! — the latest issue of the IAEG Connecter newsletter is available online.

Online Professional Certificate in Tailings Management

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AusIMM, in conjunction with leading tailings experts including David Williams, Peter Chapman and others, has developed an Online Professional Certificate Course in Tailings Management.  The Six-Module Course will cover an introductory overview, and geotechnical, geochemical and water, governance and surveillance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.
 
Upon successful completion of all six modules and assessments, a Professional Certificate in Tailings Management will be awarded.
 
The interactive, online format of the course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in a tailings community-based environment from wherever they are situated.
 
The course content for each module will be delivered over one week. Each module consists of:

  • A live, interactive 90-minute webinar featuring industry experts
  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring Q&As with global tailings experts
  • Interactive learning activities and group discussions
  • Multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Additional readings and case studies

The Course will run over six weeks, with Webinars on Wednesdays, starting from 2 September 2020, and Participants will have access to the course platform for two weeks per module and 10 weeks for all six modules, to enable them to complete the assessments.
 
For the Course pricing and more information please visit the AusIMM website via the link below:
 
https://ausimm.com/courses/tailingsmanagement/

Hong Kong Geotechnical Engineering Society Webinar

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Dr Mark Cottrell (Golder Associates (UK) Ltd, London) will be presenting a webinar titled: A DFN Framework with Application to Rock Engineering Characterisation, Analysis & Design for the Hong Kong Geotechnical Engineering Society and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

The webinar will take place 2nd September 2020 (Wed), GMT+8 (HKT) 6:30pm

Members of the AGS are invited to attend by registering online.

Further details, including an abstract, can be found on the webinar flyer.