Past Lectures

Lecture 8: Sensors and NDT Techniques in Geotechnical Engineering

Professor Kenichi SogaThe Donald H. McLaughlin Chair of Mineral EngineeringChancellor’s Professor, University of California, BerkeleyFaculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Geotechnical infrastructure sensing

Bio of the lecturer:Kenichi Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair and a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He obtained his BEng and MEng from Kyoto University in Japan and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge before joining UC Berkeley in 2016. He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers and is the co-author of "Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd edition" with Professor James K Mitchell. His current research activities are Infrastructure sensing, Performance based design and maintenance of underground structures, Energy geotechnics, and Geomechanics. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is the recipient of several awards including George Stephenson Medal and Telford Gold Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the chair of Technical Committee TC105 "Getechnics from Micro to Macro" of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the chair of the emerging technologies committee of ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division . He is a Bakar Fellow of UC Berkeley, promoting commercialization of smart infrastructure technologies. More details can be found at:

Time: 4 PM – 5 PM (AEST), 16th October 2020
Dr. Wayne MullerProduct Development Manager,CodedRADAR, Queensland, Australia

Rapid non-destructive assessment of transport infrastructure

Bio of the lecturer:Dr. Wayne Muller is a civil engineer and researcher with more than 20 years’ experience, having worked in various roles within government, research agencies, academia, and the private sector within Australia, the USA and UK. His areas of research interest primarily focus on real-world use of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods to assess the condition of roads and bridges. In particular, he has focused on the development and use of 3D and multi-offset ground penetrating radar (GPR) techniques; advanced surface imaging methods; and traffic-speed techniques of measuring pavement deflection. Dr Muller has received a PhD from the University of Queensland in the area of civil engineering, a BEng (Civil) degree from the University of Southern Queensland and is currently a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer within Queensland.

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (AEST), 16th October 2020

Lecture 7: Biogeotechnics

Professor Jason T. DeJongProfessor, Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of California, Davis, USA

Emerging opportunities in biogeotechnics

Bio of the lecturer:Jason T. DeJong is a Professor at the University of California, Davis. He received a B.S.C.E. from UC Davis and an M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After working at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jason moved back to his hometown of Davis, CA in 2005. Jason directs and coordinates research on biogeotechnics, soil and site characterization, earthquake engineering, and sustainability through the NSF ERC Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (w/ ASU, GT, NMSU), UC Davis Soil Interactions Laboratory, and UC Davis Center for Geotechnical Modeling. Results from his research program have been disseminated through more than 200 publications. Jason is also actively engaged with industry in implementing research advancements into practice. His contributions have been recognized through the ASTM International Hogentogler Award (2x), ICE TK Hsieh Prize, ASCE Huber Research Prize, ASCE Casagrande Professional Development Award, Prakash Research Award, ICE Telford Premium Prize, and as an ASCE Fellow.

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM (AEST), 3rd October 2020
Dr. Dimitrios TerzisManaging Director, MeduSoilScientist and Lecturer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL),Switzerland

The essentials for successful biogeotechnical practice

Bio of the lecturer:Dimitrios is a Scientist and Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and Managing Director of MeduSoil SA of Switzerland. He holds a PhD from EPFL and a Civil Engineering diploma from the Aristotle University (Greece). Since co-founding MeduSoil, two years ago, Dimitrios has led the design, development and application of bio-cementation systems and their integration into mainstream geo-technical and geo-environmental applications. In 2020 Dimitrios was included in the prestigious Forbes 30Under30 list in "Manufacturing & Industry" for Europe. He is the recipient of grants and awards which sum up to over USD 1 Million for supporting his research and technology transfer activities. Since 2019, he is in charge of the semester course "Innovation for construction and the environment" at EPFL which seeks to instill in its graduates the necessary skills to innovate.

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM (AEST), 3rd October 2020

Lecture 6: Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils

Professor Emeritus Delwyn G. FredlundProfessor Emeritus, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

An applied science for unsaturated soil mechanics

Bio of the lecturer:Delwyn G. Fredlund has spent over 50 years conducting research into the behavior of unsaturated soils. Most of his career was spent at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, where he organized the Unsaturated Soils Group for the study of all areas of unsaturated soil behavior. Del Fredlund obtained his B.Sc. degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon in 1962. In 1966 Del Fredlund joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1973 he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. Dr. Fredlund’s research studies have resulted in the authorship of two books, namely, “Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated Soils”, and “Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice” published by John Wiley & Sons. Dr. Fredlund published approximately 500 journal and conference research papers and has delivered many keynote lectures at conferences. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, amongst them the; Legett Award, 1999, the Terzaghi Lecture Award, 2005, and the Quigley Award, 2009. He is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Time: 9 AM – 10 AM (AEST), 29th August 2020
Dr. Murray FredlundStrategic Advisor (Geotechnical),Bentley SystemsSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Numerical modeling of unsaturated soils problems

Bio of the lecturer:Dr. Fredlund received his training from the University of Saskatchewan and Texas A&M University and has published over 50 research papers on topics related to database design, finite element modeling, and unsaturated soil knowledge-based systems. In 1997 he started SoilVision Systems Ltd. with a database software product called SoilVision which could be used to estimate unsaturated soil behavior. He has since directed the development of eight finite element software packages covering areas of groundwater flow, contaminant transport, geothermal analysis, air-flow analysis, stress / deformation, and slope stability.More recent work has involved supervising the development of the 2D/3D SVSLOPE slope stability software and the SVDESIGNER conceptual modeling software. This work has continued with the expansion of 3D slope stability analysis into the areas of mining such as the analysis of open pits, tailings dams, power dams and performing landslide risk analysis. If you would like to hear more about soilvision, you can do so by reaching out to Bentley in the following link:

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (AEST), 29th August 2020

Lecture 5: Geohazards

Professor Sarah SpringmanProfessor of Geotechnical Engineering,Rector, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland

Rainfall-induced slope processes and failures

Bio of the lecturer:Sarah Springman has been Professor for Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich since January 1997 and Rector of the university since January 2015. She studied engineering sciences at Cambridge University. She then worked for five years as an engineer on several geotechnical projects in England, Fiji, and Australia before returning to Cambridge, where she earned her PhD in soil mechanics in 1989 and established an academic career. Her main interest in research is soil-structure interaction and the geotechnical aspects of natural hazards, in particular landslides and melting permafrost. She uses geotechnical modelling to develop solutions that can improve the design of structures. Professor Springman has published numerous journal articles and monographs, as well as co-editing and reviewing submissions for a range of scientific publications and has given many keynote lectures. She has supervised two dozen doctoral students, and has inspired many young women to take up studies in engineering and science. As Rector of ETH Zurich and within the Executive Board, she is responsible for education and as such for 22,000 students. She is in charge of admissions to study programmes at all levels and for the organisation and management of study-related matters.
Time: 5 PM – 6 PM (AEST), 14th August 2020
Dr. Barnali GhoshTechnical Principal (Seismic),Mott MacDonald, LondonVisiting Professor Geoseismic Engineering,Cambridge University, England

What do we learn from seismic geotechnical failures?

Bio of the lecturer:Dr. Barnali Ghosh is a Technical Principal at Mott MacDonald (London) and a Royal Academy visiting professor at Cambridge University . She was recently selected for the top 50 Women in Engineering awards (2020) by WES. She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering through her PhD at Cambridge University. During her career, she has acted as a seismic designer and reviewer for high-profile projects around the world. Formerly, honorary lecturer of University College London she now teaches earthquake courses across Europe, contributing to professional excellence.

Time: 6:30 PM– 7:30 PM (AEST), 14th August 2020

Lecture 4: Design of Pile Foundations

Emeritus Professor Malcolm BoltonSchofield CentreGeotech. and Environmental Research GroupDepartment of EngineeringUniversity of Cambridge, England

The performance-based design of bored piles (drilled shafts) in clay

Bio of the lecturer:Malcolm graduated in Engineering from Cambridge in 1967 with a leaning towards Civil Engineering. While pursuing research and teaching in both structures and soil mechanics at Manchester University he picked up the “bug” of centrifugal modelling from Andrew Schofield, assisting him in establishing the UK’s first geotechnical centrifuge in 1969. He returned to Cambridge in 1980 as a lecturer, later becoming Professor of Soil Mechanics, Director of the Schofield Centre for Geotechnical Process and Construction Modelling, and Head of the Geotechnical and Environmental Group. He retired from the University in 2013.He is an author of 250 publications covering both the fundamental mechanics of granular materials and a wide variety of civil engineering applications from pipelines to tunnels, from foundations to embankments, and from earthquake effects to landslide hazard reduction.He was the founding chairman of the ISSMGE Technical Committee Geomechanics from Micro to Macro (GM3) dedicated to the practical application of a granular approach to soils, and the founding President of the International Press-in Association (IPA) dedicated to the hydraulic pressing-in of tubular piles for walls and foundations.Professor Bolton holds various prizes from the UK Institutions of Civil Engineers and Structural Engineers: a British Geotechnical Association Prize, a Telford Premium, the T K Hsieh Award (twice), an Oscar Faber Award, and the Sir Benjamin Baker silver medal. He delivered the 52nd Rankine Lecture (2012) and the 1st Schofield lecture (2014).
Time: 5 PM – 6 PM (AEST), 24th July 2020
Dr. Chris HaberfieldPrincipal Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Pty Ltd., AustraliaAdjunct Research Associate, Monash University, Australia

Pile design in practice

Bio of the lecturer:Dr Chris Haberfield is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with Golder Associates Pty Ltd. He is internationally recognised for his work on foundation structure interaction and soft, weak and weathered rock and in particular the analysis, design, laboratory and field testing, construction techniques and response of engineering works (e.g. foundations) in these materials. Chris has extensive experience in piled foundation design and analysis, numerical (including advanced finite element) and analytical modelling, laboratory and field testing of geo-materials, stress analysis, ground structure interaction problems and slope stability analyses.Chris has high level engineering skills and technical knowledge and provides a practical approach which has been developed through 30 years of research and teaching and high level consulting to industry as an academic followed by 20 years as a consultant solving high level technical issues for a wide variety of projects. Chris has been responsible for value engineering, engineering design, analysis, construction and testing advice for numerous low to high rise commercial and residential towers, deep basements, road/rail separations, bridges, embankments, tunnels, mines and other developments and infrastructure projects in a wide range of ground conditions from soft soil to hard rock. Some examples include many high rise and/or deep basement developments in Melbourne, SE Queensland and the Middle East (including the 1.2 km high Nakheel tower in Dubai and numerous 20 m to 30 m deep basements in Melbourne and Brisbane), tender design for the Gateway Bridge duplication, Middleborough road – rail grade separation and the tender and final design for the New Royal Adelaide Hospital.Chris has published over 150 refereed papers many of them dealing with ground structure interaction problems, pile performance and analysis. Chris was awarded the EH Davis Memorial Lecture (2007) by the Australian Geomechanics Society, Gregory Tschebotarioff Lecture (2017) by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and is an awardee of the Inaugural Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Geomechanics Society (2020).

Time: 6:30 PM– 7:30 PM (AEST), 24th July 2020

Lecture 3: Advanced Numerical Methods and Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering

Professor Catherine O'SullivanProfessor of Particulate Soil MechanicsDepartment of Civil and Env. EngineeringFaculty of EngineeringImperial College London, England

A particle-scale perspective on Dam engineering

Bio of the lecturer:Catherine O’Sullivan is a Professor in Particulate Soil Mechanics at Imperial College London. Originally from Ireland, she obtained her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. Since arriving at Imperial College in 2004 she has continued to develop research that examines soil behaviour focussing on the particulate scale.Catherine has authored a textbook on the use of discrete element modelling in geomechanics and has authored/co-authored over 80 contributions to international journals. In 2015 she delivered the Géotechnique lecture. Funding for her post-graduate studies and research has been provided by the Fulbright Programme, the O’Reilly Foundation, the IRCSET, the EPSRC, the ICE, the Leverhulme Trust and ARUP. Catherine was a member of the Géotechnique Advisory Panel 2010-2012 and is currently a member of the editorial boards of Soils and Foundations, Computers and Geotechnics, Granular Matter and an Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. She served on the BGA Executive Committee from 2009-2012 and is currently a member of the committee of the British Dam Society.
Time: 6 PM – 7 PM (AEST), 09th July 2020
Mr. David WinesPrincipal Geotechnical Engineer and Director Itasca Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

Numerical modelling for slope stability analysis

Bio of the lecturer:David is a Principal Engineer and Director with Itasca Australia. He has a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from RMIT University and a Master of Mining Engineering from Curtin University. He also has the status of Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia. David has over 20 years of experience in geotechnical investigation and analysis for both mining and civil projects, including operational and consulting roles. Since joining Itasca 13 years ago, David has undertaken numerical back analyses and forward analyses for numerous open pit operations around the world.

Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (AEST), 09th July 2020

Lecture 2: Geophysics for Geotechnical Engineers

Professor J. Carlos SantamarinaProfessor, Energy Resources and Petroleum EngineeringAssociate Director, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research CenterKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi ArabiaGroup website:

Geophysical properties of soils

Bio of the lecturer:J. Carlos Santamarina (Professor - KAUST) graduated from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and completed graduate studies at the U. Maryland and Purdue U. He taught at NYU Polytechnic, U. Waterloo and at Georgia Tech. before joining KAUST.His team explores hydro-chemo-thermo-mechanical coupled processes and advances innovative characterization techniques for soils and fractured rocks, with applications in energy geoengineering and deep-sea mining. The team’s research results are summarized in two books and more than 300 publications. Former team members are faculty members at more than thirty universities, researchers at national laboratories, or practicing engineers at leading organizations worldwide. Dr. Santamarina is a frequent keynote speaker at international events, a member of both Argentinean National Academies, and has participated in several Committees of the USANational Academies. He is the recipient of two ASTM Hogentogler Awards, was the 2012 British Geotechnical Association Touring Lecturer, and delivered the 50th Terzaghi Lecture in 2014.
Time: 3 PM – 4 PM (AEST), 25th June 2020
Dr. Andreas A. PfaffhuberChief Executive OfficerEMerald Geomodelling, Norway
Mr. Craig W. ChristensenVice President (Technology)EMerald Geomodelling, Norway

Airborne geoscanning: combining artificial intelligence and airborne geophysics for more efficient site investigation

Bio of the lecturers:Pfaffhuber has extensive leadership experience in innovation, research, project management, business development and scientific consulting. Pfaffhuber is the visionary behind airborne geo-intelligence. He introduced airborne geophysics to NGI in 2007 initially for resource exploration and later for the unique application in geotechnical projects. Pfaffhuber established the NGI Geosurveys section in 2012 based on a strategic research project. Geosurveys develops, adapts and implements geophysical, remote sensing and GIS methods in NGIs advanced geotechnical projects. For one year he contributed with Business Development to NGIs newly established daughter company in Perth, Australia. Pfaffhuber holds a PhD in Applied Geophysics from Bremen University (2006) and an MSc in Applied Geoscience from Technical University Berlin (2001).
Just like EMerald Geomodelling, Craig Christensen has a talent for bridging the gaps between seemingly disparate fields within applied geoscience. In his MSc thesis, he combined geophysical measurements and geomorphological observations to analyse patterns in mountain groundwater distribution. Likewise, at both EMerald Geomodelling and NGI, he has led development of geostatistical algorithms that model bedrock topography using both geophysical data and borehole data. Christensen started his career at NGI as a summer intern in 2013 and completed his MSc in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary (2017). He also holds a BScE in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University (2014). His talents have been recognized by major academic awards from (among others) the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Queen’s University.
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (AEST), 25th June 2020

Lecture 1: Mining Geotechnology

Professor David WilliamsDirector, Geotechnical Engineering Centre,School of Civil Engineering The University of Queensland

Learnings from the Brumadinho tailings dam failure

Bio of the lecturer:Professor David Williams is Professor and Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre within the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. David obtained a BE with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering from Monash University and a PhD in Soil Mechanics from Cambridge University. He worked for the Victorian State Road Authority and for Golder Associates before joining The University of Queensland in mid-1983. He has an international reputation in the application of geomechanics principles to mine waste management and mined land rehabilitation, and associated issues. He has made important contributions to the development and implementation of pumped co-disposal of coal mine washery wastes, store and release covers over potentially contaminating waste rock dumps in semi-arid climates, capping soft tailings, the hydrology of waste rock and tailings storage facilities, the settlement of high coal mine spoil piles, understanding problematic clay-rich coal mine tailings, and risk assessment and cost-effectiveness analysis applied to mining.
Time: 5 PM – 6 PM (AEST), 8th June 2020
Mr. Mark RynhoudSr. Engineering Geologist Project Manager, Hidden Valley Hamata TSF Construction Project (PNG)KCB Australia Pty Ltd.Australia

Design and construction of the Hamata tailings dam, Hidden valley mine, Papua New Guinea

Bio of the lecturer:Mark is a senior engineering geologist who has twelve years geotechnical experience in Australia and the Pacific, and in excess of fifteen years earth-science and environmental experience in South Africa. Mark has practised in the fields of engineering and environmental geology and has provided earth-science input for a broad client base. The Australasian and Pacific experience includes field work in remote locations under challenging conditions, including varying proficiencies with geotechnical and hydrogeological field programmes. Mark currently provides engineering geological direction to major mining engineering projects and has been involved in senior project management.

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM (AEST), 8th June 2020