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Call for Abstracts – 6th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization

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ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT! EXTENDED DEADLINE MARCH 31, 2019

We are pleased to announce, that the Mitchell Lecture at ISC’6 will be given by Fernando Schnaid from Brazil.

We can also announce, that we will be providing an opportunity for young researchers to give a plenary presentation within the framework of ISSMGE’s Bright Spark lectures.

(details of the application process will be announced later)

Main themes:

  • Equipment, Measuring Techniques, Sampling
  • Mechanical Testing (CPT, SPT, DMT, PMT, VST, PLT)
  • Geophysics in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Site Characterization, Case Studies, Uncertainties
  • In Situ Testing and Numerical Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Problematic Soils (e.g. gravels, volcanics, expansive, sensitive, intermediate, mine tailings)
  • Education

Authors may also apply for the Silvano Marchetti Award

The ISSMGE Technical Committee TC102 – Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests in cooperation with the University of L’Aquila, Italy has instituted the Silvano Marchetti Award (SMA) in memory of Professor Silvano Marchetti (1943-2016). The award is funded entirely by Studio Prof. Marchetti, Italy.

Are we overdesigning? – ISSMGE survey on geotechnical design practice

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The CAPG in association with other ISSMGE groups has prepared a survey on possible overdesign in geotechnical practice.

Motivation

At the XVI Danube European Conference (Skopje Macedonia, June 2018), the question was raised “Are we overdesigning?”. Although the question originated from the Asian Region, it is valid internationally where different countries and users of various testing techniques or design codes tend to follow local practice for geotechnical design.

This survey is intended to assess the consistency of calculation models and design methods for a variety of geotechnical structures and, where possible, to compare the results with full-scale tests and reliability analyses.

Outline

The survey is based on two soil profiles, one in clay and the other in sand. Soil test results, typical of those one would find in a geotechnical investigation report, are provided for each soil profile. The soil properties for the clay and sand profiles are given in Annexes A and B respectively. Excel spreadsheets are also provided with numerical data.

Ten specimen problems have been proposed, namely concentrically and eccentrically loaded spread footings, axially and laterally loaded piles, slopes and retaining structures (see Annex C). The idea is to keep the problems easy to analyse and representative of every-day geotechnical structures.

Some problems require the prediction of performance of the geotechnical structure (prediction problems) while others call for the design of the structure as it would be constructed (design problems). The prediction problems are aimed assessing the selection of parameters and calculation models. The design problems are aimed at assessing the provisions made for safety and serviceability in geotechnical structures.

You do not need to analyse all ten problems, although it would be appreciated if you did.

Please feel free to submit responses for only problems that are typical of the work you do on a day-to-day basis.

Instructions

  1. Analyse as many or as few problems as you wish. Partial solutions will also be accepted.
  2. Summarise the results on the reply sheets provided in Annex C.
  3. Please use the analysis methods and design codes that would typically be applied in a design office in your country. This is not a competition to see who can get the “right” answer. It is an assessment of the results given by design methods in common use.
  4. Please complete the “Details of Respondent” sheet and submit it with your reply sheets. Also fill in your country and occupation in the space provided on each reply sheet.
  5. Submit the result as a scanned .pdf document to [email protected].
  6. The closing date for submissions is Friday 2nd August 2019. Late submissions will be accepted but may not be included in the initial analysis of results for the Asian Regional Conference in October 2019.

Presentation of Results

The initial results of the survey will be presented at the Asian Regional Conference in Taipei, October 2019. A detailed analysis of the results will be presented at the ISSMGE International Conference in Sydney 2021.

2019 Sydney Symposium Call for Abstracts

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The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Sydney Chapter is holding its 23rd annual symposium on Friday 15 November 2019, on ‘Innovations in Geotechnical Construction and Design’.

Download the Call For Abstracts flyer.

Overview

The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the AGS Sydney Chapter. It aims to keep the engineering industry informed of recent innovations in geotechnical engineering design and construction, as well as the challenges and opportunities out there.

The symposium will showcase state-of-the-art practices, new research findings and case histories that demonstrate innovations in geotechnical design and construction. The organising committee invites papers on geotechnical aspects of transport infrastructure construction, site characterisation, numerical simulation, collapsed structures, reliability analysis and new insights into experiences, technologies and strategies.
The symposium presents an opportunity for professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students to meet and share their knowledge and experiences in geotechnical engineering. 

Suggested Topics

The following are some suggested topics for this symposium:

  • Geotechnical innovations in construction and quality control of transport infrastructure
  • New materials
  • Advances in geotechnical site characterisation and ground modelling
  • Advantages and limitations of numerical methods in geotechnical design 
  • Geotechnical lessons learnt from collapsed structures
  • Applications of reliability analysis in geotechnical engineering and engineering geology

Papers that have been previously published will not be accepted for the symposium.

Important Dates & Submission

Abstracts must be submitted by 23 April 2019, with papers to be completed by 23 July 2019. All papers will be peer reviewed and should be submitted in the Australian Geomechanics journal format (the details of which will be forwarded to authors at a later stage). The final version of the papers, after addressing any reviewers’ comments, must be submitted by 7 October 2019. 

All abstracts and papers should be sent to [email protected].

By submitting a paper for the symposium, the author(s) are giving permission for the AGS to publish the paper in the proceedings and other AGS national publications.

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)

In the covering email sent to the organising committee, author(s) must confirm that the abstract and the proposed paper have not been previously published.

Organising Committee

  • Ali Parsa, JK Geotechnics (Organising Committee Coordinator)
  • Sam Mirlatifi, John Holland (AGS-Sydney Chapter Chair/National Representative) 
  • Hadi Khabbaz, University of Technology Sydney
  • Adrian Hulskamp, JK Geotechnics
  • Cholachat Rujikiat-kamjorn, University of Wollongong
  • AHM Kamruzzaman (Zaman), RMS
  • Puvaneswary Rajarathnam, AECOM
  • Tony Gourlay, Mott MacDonald
  • Miren Barinaga, Bachy Soletanche

TC204 conference, Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground

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A call for papers has been issued by the Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground conference organisers. More information can be found in the “Call for papers” flyer.

Technical Committee 204 (TC204) is one of the major technical committees of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) first established in 1989 as TC28. The committee has made major commitments towards collecting information concerning the geotechnical aspects of the design, construction and analysis of deep excavations, tunnels and large underground structures in the urban environment and hence it is has served as a major platform for practitioners as well as academics to exchange experience and knowledge over the years.

The first two days of the symposium will consist of technical sessions with presentations of General Reports and individual papers. The third day will be dedicated to the technical visit to the work sites of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel project – this is a major tunneling scheme currently being undertaken in London (https://www.tideway.london/) which will be under construction at the time of the conference. Delegates joining the technical visit will enjoy a memorable trip to the project on a privately chartered boat on the River Thames in the heart of London. 

More information can be found on the conference website: is-cambridge2020.eng.cam.ac.uk

Call for abstracts – International Symposium for Offshore Geotechnics

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The Fourth International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics (ISFOG) will be held in Texas on 16-19 August 2020.

The symposium features the fifth McClelland Lecture and strives to continue providing a specialist forum for practitioners and academics to share solutions and new ideas that address the dynamic challenges of working in offshore design and installation. ISFOG 2020 will highlight emerging technologies related to data science and emphasizes the recent surges in offshore renewables development in the United States and globally.

A call for abstracts has been announced, and they may be submitted between April 1 and May 31, 2019.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to June 16, 2019

More information can be found in the call for abstracts flyer and on the Deep Foundations Institute website.

41st IAEG Connector

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The 41st IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular February 2019

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The February 2019 ISSMGE News & Information Circular is now available online.

Sydney YGP Call for Abstracts

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The Sydney Chapter of AGS is calling for presenters for the Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Night on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Four applicants (from industry and universities) will be chosen to give a 15-minute presentation on their preferred topic. Four to six applicants will be invited to display a poster on their preferred topic.

Successful applicants will be selected based on a one page abstract on the subject that they propose to present (due 22 March) and a one page CV. Following selection, a paper of four to six pages and/or an A1 poster would be required on the presentation subject, submission by 9 May for AGS review.

More information is available in the flyer.

36th IAEG Connector

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The 36th IAEG Connector newsletter is available online and coincides with the launch of a new IAEG website and welcome from the new IAEG president, Rafig Azzam.

Call for Abstracts ISC’6

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The 6th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization: “Toward synergy at site characterisation”, has called for abstracts.

The ISC (International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization) conferences are the major events in the life of ISSMGE’s TC102 (Technical Committee for Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests). Since 1998, it will be the 6th time that geotechnical engineers and geophysicists from all over the world will gather and share their knowledge and experiences.

Besides the conventional site characterization topics, the conference will also focus on some other recent challenges. As numerical modelling plays a more important role in geotechnical practice, there is an increasing demand for links between in situ test results and material model parameters. Some recent research projects in this field (e.g. sophisticated numerical analysis of in situ tests) are very promising, thus a proper forum for discussing those results may be an important starting point in these areas. A special session will be dedicated to this topic which aims to facilitate cooperation between specialists in both fields. Another important aim is to facilitate more active cooperation between geotechnical engineers and geophysicists. While the combined use of the two disciplines can be very beneficial, the use of geophysics in everyday geotechnical works is still limited. In addition to having a session for geophysical testing, we are planning another special session dedicated to potential benefits of cooperation between these two fields, where best practices are presented and discussed. Such a forum may be beneficial for both geophysicists and geotechnical engineers.

Main themes

  • Equipment, Measuring Techniques, Sampling
  • Mechanical Testing (CPT, SPT, DMT, PMT, VST, PLT)
  • Geophysics in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Site Characterization, Case Studies, Uncertainties
  • In Situ Testing and Numerical Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Problematic Soils (e.g. gravels, volcanics, expansive, sensitive, intermediate, mine tailings)
  • Education

Authors may also apply for the Silvano Marchetti Award. The ISSMGE Technical Committee TC102 – Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests in cooperation with the University of L’Aquila, Italy has instituted the Silvano Marchetti Award (SMA) in memory of Professor Silvano Marchetti (1943-2016). The award is funded entirely by Studio Prof. Marchetti, Italy.

AGS NSW Research Award 2019

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As part of their ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney and Newcastle Chapters of the Australian Geoechanics Society are offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology. The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to the wider Geotechnical Community.

More details are available in the flyer.

Important dates:

5th May 2019
Closing date for submissions

17th June 2019
Selection of three finalists

17th July 2019
Finalists presentation

IAEG Newsletter, 2018 Issue 4

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The IAEG Newsletter (2018 Issue #4), is now available to download.

ACIGS 2019 International Speakers Program

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ACIGS is pleased to announce the first International Speakers Series for 2019 on geosynthetic applications in Transport Infrastructure and Mining Applications.

For more information, download the flyer.

Geosynthetics In Transport Infrastructure

February 19th, 2019
Engineers Australia,
600 Bourke Street, Melbourne
8.30AM – 12.30PM
Tuesday 19 February 2019

Register for Geosynthetics in Transport Infrastructure

Geosynthetics in Mining Applications

February 22nd, 2019
Rydges Hotel,
9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
8.30AM – 12.30PM

Register for Geosynthetics in Mining Applications


ISSMGE News & Information Circular January 2019

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The January 2019, ISSMGE newsletter is available online.