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Next week in Perth, 10 WSP speakers from around the country will make their mark on the discussion around geotechnical best practice at the 13th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics in Perth.

 

The event features a strong line-up of speakers, including Paul Hewitt and Sudar Aryal, WSP’s Geotechnics Technical Executives, who will be separately presenting on Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade, providing insight into the application of soft ground instrumentation and the role of the geotechnical engineer in the Delivery Partners’ teams.

 

Other speakers include Robert Kingsland, Geotechnics Technical Executive, who will take the stage to share his insights on what to do when settlement exceeds expectations, using a case study of the Hunter Expressway.

 

Stuart Ellis, WA Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society and WSP Team Manager, Geotechnics & Tunnels says, “This year’s conference offers a diverse range of themes including foundations and retaining structure, ground improvement and offshore and nearshore geotechnics.

 

“It is a chance to discuss lessons learned in the broader geomechanics community, which will keep driving new innovations and practices forward.

 

“More importantly, it is a great opportunity to collaborate with industry thought leaders, showcase our extensive knowledge and explore emerging directions in geotechnics.”

 

WSP speaking sessions:

Date Time Topic Presenter
Monday
1 April
 2.30pm  Soft ground instrumentation and data management for Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade
Paul Hewitt
Technical Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels
Monday
1 April
 2.30pm  Application of Li and Selig railway formation design method to expansive soils
Vincent Blanchet
Team Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels
Monday
1 April
 2.45pm  Stress distribution in multi-layered railway formation and subgrade Li Ang Yang
Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnics & Tunnels
Monday
1 April
   3.45pm  Ground treatment of brownfield and compressible subsurface materials for residential redevelopment in Port Adelaide, South Australia using a performance-based design Michael Lee
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Monday
1 April
 4.00pm  Design of retaining walls in expansive clay for the Darlington upgrade project in Adelaide
Shan Tom Wong
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Tuesday
2 April
 9.55am  Structural solution for the stabilisation of a major highway slope – a case study from regional New South Wales
Sudar Aryal
Technical Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Tuesday
2 April
 10.25am  Investigation of shallow mine workings for the proposed Newcastle light rail project
David Knott
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Tuesday
2 April
 2.50pm  Geotechnical investigation and design of pavements for a remote aerodrome in Australia
Stuart Ellis
Team Manager, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Tuesday
2 April
 4.50pm  The Hunter Expressway Buchanan soft soil problem – what to do when settlement exceeds expectations
Rob Kingsland
Technical Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Tuesday
2 April
 5.20pm  Lessons learned from the geotechnical design and construction of a temporary bridge on soft ground
Henry Zhang
Technical Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels

Wednesday
3 April
 11.25am  Role of the geotechnical engineer in a delivery partners’ team delivering a major infrastructure project
Sudar Aryal
Technical Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels

 

 

The conference is the joint major national event for the Australian Geomechanics Society and the New Zealand Geomechanics Society, as well as the regional event for the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

 

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