The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE) will pioneer new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia’s energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation’s major export industries.
The provision of physical infrastructure for energy and transport is now a central theme of governments worldwide, and is of critical importance to Australia’s future prosperity. The largest private investments in new infrastructure are being made in the energy sector. The offshore liquefied natural gas industry has seen huge recent investments, most notably with the $43 billion Gorgon project initiated in September 2009 ("In capital expenditure terms, the single largest resource project in Australia’s history", ABARE, 2009) and the $12 billion Pluto project that is due to make its first shipment in early 2011.
Over the next five years, approximately $250 billion will be spent on the provision of roads, railways, offshore oil and gas production facilities, renewable energy facilities, ports, pipelines, tunnels, and mining operations. To guide these billions of dollars of public and private investment, a new body, Infrastructure Australia, has been charged with developing an Infrastructure Priority List. As indicated in the State and National report cards prepared by Engineers Australia, our current standard of infrastructure ranks poorly across most sectors with the transport sector being seriously deficient (see www.infrastructurereportcard.org.au/).
Professor Paul W. Mayne is presenting a workshop titled 'Geocharacterization in the year 2013 and beyond: Enhanced in-situ testing with emphasis on CPT and its derivatives (CPTu, SCPTu)'
This geocharacterization workshop provides a quick coverage on conventional as well as new methods of drilling & sampling, then a broader overview on common in-situ geotechnical tests (SPT, CPT, CPTu, DMT, PMT, VST) and geophysical methods (Refraction, CHT, DHT, SASW).
The workshop will be held on Monday 17 June 2013. For more information, check out the Workshop Flyer.Postgraduate Scholarships Available in Computational Geomechanics Laureate Professor Scott Sloan, University of Newcastle was invited to give the 51st Rankine Lecture UWA oceans engineer named Early Career Scientist of the Year Professor Buddhima Indraratna, University of Wollongong receives Double Honour elected as Fellow of ATSE and recipient of Engineers Australia Transport Medal 2011 Professor Mark Randolph elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society Geotechnical Research Medal awarded to Professor Christophe Gaudin, Associate Professor Britta Bienen and Winthrop Professor Mark Cassidy Download a copy of the 2012 Annual Report Download a copy of the 2011 Annual Report