Third Edition of AGERP

24th - 26th May 2022 (AEST)

Session 1: 24th May 2022 (AEST)

Professor Harianto RahardjoProfessor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Professor Rahardjo has conducted extensive research on unsaturated soil mechanics to solve geotechnical problems associated with tropical residual soils. His research focus has been on rainfall-induced landslides; one of the major natural disasters occurring in many parts of the world. He has applied unsaturated soil mechanics principles to better understand the mechanisms of rainfall-induced slope failures especially in tropical residual soils. These research activities have led to the development of an advanced unsaturated soil mechanics laboratory at Nanyang Technological University and numerous comprehensive instrumented slopes. Professor Rahardjo and his team have developed Capillary Barrier System (CBS) for slope stabilization, GeoBarrier System (GBS) for a cover system and a retaining structure, Slope Management and Susceptibility Geographical Information System for Singapore. In addition, Professor Rahardjo has also applied unsaturated soil mechanics to soil improvement for tree stability, understanding the effects of rainfall on tree stability and developed instruments for tree inclinometer with the associated analytics. Professor Rahardjo is currently developing Advanced Moisture Sensing Technology for Urban Greenery and Monitoring of Slope Stability.Professor Rahardjo is the co-author of the first textbook on unsaturated soils “Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated Soils“, by D.G. Fredlund and H. Rahardjo, published by John Wiley in 1993, the second textbook “Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice”, by D.G. Fredlund, H. Rahardjo and M.D. Fredlund, published by John Wiley in 2012 and over 400 technical publications. He has also presented his research works in numerous keynote / invited lectures and short courses in various countries.
Title of the Talk: Application of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics to Slope Stability Time: 1 PM - 2 PM, 24th May 2022 (AEST)
Professor Adrian RussellProfessor and ARC Future Fellow,School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,University of New South Wales, Australia
Adrian Russell is a Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. As a Future Fellow he devotes 100% of his time to research on tailings liquefaction, having been relieved of his normal teaching and administration duties until mid-2025. His expertise is in laboratory element testing of soils and tailings, laboratory controlled CPTs and earthquake simulation, particle and pore geometry characterization, unsaturated soil mechanics and cavity expansion theory, and knowledge transfer to industry.His other research expertise includes: Applied unsaturated soil mechanics, the way unsaturated soils can be characterised using in situ tests like the CPT, and the way they interact with infrastructure; The modelling of soil behaviour, linking microstructure to large scale behaviour; Rock mechanics, focussing on failure mechanisms and microstructural deformation.He is an Australian representative on TC106 and TC221, which are International Technical Committees on unsaturated soil mechanics and tailings within the ISSMGE. He does expert review work on the stability of TSFs. In 2019 he spent a 6-month (0.4FTE) secondment with Pells Sullivan Meynink Pty Ltd, providing expertise on mine waste projects.He was awarded his PhD in 2005 and BE in 1998, each by UNSW Sydney. His first academic appointment was a lectureship at the University of Bristol in the UK (2003-2007). This was followed by a move UNSW Sydney where has been ever since.
Title of the Talk: Partial Saturation Influences on the Characterisation and Strength of Silty Tailings Time: 2 PM - 3 PM, 24th May 2022 (AEST)

Session 2: 24th May 2022 (AEST)

Professor Xiong ZhangProfessor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering,Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
Dr. Xiong Zhang is a professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Before he joined in the Missouri S&T, he worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Cincinnati for 10 years.Dr. Zhang has been teaching and conducting research in the field of geotechnical engineering since 1992. His studies focus on development of advanced laboratory techniques to rapidly characterize geomaterials, constitutive modeling coupled hydro-mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils, numerical modeling of climate-soil-structure interaction, slope stability analysis, soil stabilization and ground improvement, and frozen ground engineering. He recently received the 2016 International Innovation Award in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics from TC106 Committee on Unsaturated Soils within the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.Dr. Zhang is currently serving as editorial board member of Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Cold Region Engineering. He also serves as a chair of ASCE GI Shallow Foundation Committee and committee member of several nationwide technical committees such as ASCE GI Committee on Design of Residential Structures on Expansive Soil Standards, ASCE GI Pavement Committee, TRB AFP60 Committee on Engineering Behavior of Unsaturated Soils, and TRB AFS20 Committee on Soil and Rock Instrumentation.
Title of the Talk: A Modified State Surface Approach for Constitutive Modelling of Unsaturated Soils Time: 11 PM - 12 AM, 24th May 2022 (AEST)
Emeritus Professor Sandra HoustonEmeritus Professor,School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment,Arizona State University, USA
Sandra Houston is Emeritus Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. Professor Houston’s contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering focus on unsaturated soils and arid region problem soils, including in particular collapsible and expansive soils and unsaturated flow. Sandra has served in numerous leadership positions in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Geo-Institute (GI), and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). She is a recipient of the 2017 ASCE Terzaghi Award and the 2004 William H. Wisely American Society of Civil Engineers Award, past president of the Geo-Institute, and past chair of the ASCE Board-level Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She served as the formational Chair of the GI Committee on Unsaturated Soils, and served many years as a USA representative and secretary of the TC106 Committee on Unsaturated Soils. Sandra was awarded the first Distinguished Lecturer for the Pan-American Unsaturated Soils Conference Series by the TC106 Unsaturated Soils Committee. Title of the Talk: Assessment of Stress Path Strategies for Applied Unsaturated Soil Mechanics Using the Modified State Surface Approach Time: 12 AM - 1 AM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Session 3: 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Professor Ning LuProfessor,Civil and Environmental Engineering,Colorado School of Mines, USA
Ning Lu has been working on fundamental concepts of effective stress and soil suction in the past two decades and made some breakthroughs. He has unified soil’s effective stress under both saturated and unsaturated conditions, moving beyond the classical Terzaghi’s and Bishop’s effective stress representations. For his seminal work on unification of effective stress, he received ASCE Norman Medal twice; first in 2007 for conceptualization of suction stress, and second 2021 for formulation of a practical closed form effective stress equation. He further defines a general thermodynamics-based pore water pressure in soil under both saturated and unsaturated conditions. In the past two decades, he has formulated a new paradigm for slope stability under variably saturated conditions, which has been bestowed by ASCE for its 2017 R. B. Peck Award. He has published two widely used textbooks: Unsaturated Soil Mechanics (Lu and Likos, 2004, John Wiley and Sons), and Hillslope Hydrology and Stability (Lu and Godt, 2013 Cambridge U. Press). Title of the Talk: Unsaturated Soil Mechanics: Fundamental Challenges, Breakthroughs, and Opportunities Time: 11 AM - 12 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)
Professor Alexander ScheuermannProfessor and ARC Future Fellow,School of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Alexander Scheuermann received his diploma degree in civil engineering specialising in geotechnical engineering in 1998, and his PhD degree in 2005 on the topic“Transient seepage through quasi homogeneous dykes”, both from the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. In 2012, he gained his Habilitation from the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, on the topic “Time domain reflectometry (TDR) in geohydraulics and geomechanics”. Since January 2010, he is working at the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland, Australia. He was awarded in 2012 a Queensland Science Fellowship on the further development of spatial TDR, and in 2018 the ARC Future Fellowship on using geophysical methods for monitoring erosion processes in embankments. For more than 10 years, Professor Scheuermann, with scientists from different disciplines, has been developing, modifying and applying electromagnetic measurement methods such as TDR for different questions in geohydraulics and geomechanics. His current research interests involve multi-phase and multi-scale processes underlining important questions on erosion, hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils and soft soils, and their application in dam engineering.Professor Scheuermann has advised in excess of 10 PhD, several masters and bachelor degree students and is the recipient of an outstanding HDR supervisor award from the University of Queensland. He is an editor for the international journal Acta Geotechnica, and a member of TC213 (scour and erosion) of ISSMGE. Title of the Talk: Revealing Some Mysteries of the Soil Water Retention Curve and Preferential Flow Time: 12 PM - 1 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Session 4: 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Dr. Josip PeranićPostdoctoral researcher,Faculty of Civil Engineering,University of Rijeka, Croatia
Josip Peranić received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering (Croatia) in 2019 on the topic "Importance of geotechnical cross-section unsaturated zone for landslide occurrence in flysch deposits". His main research topics are rainfall-induced landslides and the behaviour of unsaturated soils. He has published his research results in several international journals and at many national and international conferences. He received recognitions from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering, for his research achievements in 2019 and 2020. During the 4th Regional Symposium on Landslides in the Adriatic-Balkan Region (ReSyLAB), held in Sarajevo (BiH) in October 2019 under the auspices of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), he was awarded for the best PhD thesis in the field of landslides completed in the last five years. He is involved in several international and national research projects and is the leader of the IPL-256 research project of the ICL's International Programme on Landslides. He is an active member of the Croatian Landslide Group, World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction of the ICL. He served as a guest editor of a special issue of the journal IJERPH and as editor of the Proceedings of the 5thReSyLAB (Rijeka, 2022). He is a lecturer in several undergraduate and graduate courses and has received several recognitions and awards from the University of Rijeka for his commitment to teaching. He is a member of several national and international scientific and professional associations and a board member of the Croatian Geotechnical Society. Title of the Talk: Monitoring the Hydrological Response of Small-Scale Slope Models Time: 3 PM - 4 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)
A/Prof. Chaminda GallageAssociate Professor,School of Civil & Environmental Engineering,Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Dr Chaminda Gallage is an associate professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He received MEng and PhD degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Within Geotechnical engineering research, he has focused on pavement technology, transport geotechnics, unsaturated soil mechanics, rainfall-induced slope instability, mining geotechnics and geotechnical instrumentation. In the last ten years, Assoc. Prof. Gallage has published over 120 refereed journal/conference papers, supervised 20 Higher Degree research students (PhD /MEng) to completion and received over $1.5M research funding from the Australian research council and industry research partners. Currently, he leads the "Use of smart geosynthetics for long-lasting and resilient pavements" project under ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub (SPARC hub) (IH180100010).
Title of the Talk: Model Tests on Rain-Induced Embankment Failure to Investigate the Failure Initiation and the Effects of Slope Angle Time: 4 PM - 5 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Session 5: 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Professor David TollProfessor of Engineering and Co-Director,Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience,Durham University, UK
David Toll is Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University. He is Chair of the British Geotechnical Association and has just completed an 8-year term as Chair of the Technical Committee on Unsaturated Soils of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has been carrying out research into unsaturated and tropical soils for over 35 years. The main applications of his research are in the impacts of climate change on infrastructure slopes, rainfall-induced landslides and use of naturally occurring materials in road construction. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Nature journal, Geotechnical & Geological Engineering and has served as a member of the Editorial Boards for Géotechnique and Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. Title of the Talk: Unsaturated Soil Parameters Time: 7 PM - 8 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)
Dr. Partha Narayan MishraAdjunct Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Partha Narayan Mishra obtained his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, prior to which he graduated from National Institute of Technology Rourkela, with a dual degree (B.Tech. Hons. In Civil Engineering and M.Tech. in Geotechnical Engineering).Partha's research interests are in the arenas of improvement of soft soils, behaviour of unsaturated soils, electromagnetic characterisation and monitoring of soil processes, biomediated geotechnical engineering and clay barrier systems in hazardous waste disposal facilities. Outcomes of his research have been summarised in 30+ technical articles in top tier international journals, conferences, and book chapters. As a practicing engineer, he has worked on several projects pertaining to tailings storage facilities (TSFs) in Australia and overseas, both as a consulting engineer and as an engineer in owner's team.Partha is a fellow of the higher education academy, UK; member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE); executive committee member of the Australian Geomechanics Society, Queensland Chapter; member of the Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) and executive committee members of the unsaturated soils and ground improvement subcommittee of the Geo Institute of ASCE.Partha is a recipient of several distinct recognitions, such as: an international award for early career researcher by the Technical Committee-106 (Unsaturated soils) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), UK in 2018, an young geotechnical engineer award by the Indian Geotechnical Society (IGC) in 2017, International Education and Training (IET) excellence awards (research) by the Queensland Government, Australia in 2017. Title of the Talk: Evolution of Soil State Variables During Evaporative Dewatering Time: 8 PM - 9 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)
Professor Sai K. VanapalliProfessor, Department of Civil Engineering,University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Sai Vanapalli currently serves as a professor of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Since receiving his PhD in 1994 from the University of Saskatchewan, he has been actively involved in research and teaching activities related to the mechanics of unsaturated soils and its application in geotechnical engineering. Dr. Vanapalli has authored or co-authored more than 400 research papers and has presented 28 keynote addresses in several national and international conferences. Throughout his research career, he has received and been nominated for teaching, research and service awards. Most notably, he received the Stermac Award in 2010, awarded for outstanding service contributions to the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and the George S. Glinski Award for Canada. Excellence in Research in 2015 from the University of Ottawa. He is TC6 (Unsaturated Soils) and TC206 (Interactive committee) member representing Canada. Dr. Vanapalli's research focuses primarily on developing simple techniques to interpret and estimate several properties of unsaturated soils that are useful for implementing the mechanics of unsaturated soils into engineering practice applications. Title of the Talk: Tensile Strength of Unsaturated Soils Time: 9 PM - 10 PM, 25th May 2022 (AEST)

Session 6: 26th May 2022 (AEST)

Professor Olivier BuzziProfessor,School of Engineering (Civil Engineering),The University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Olivier Buzzi graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, one of the most prestigious public institutions of higher education and research in France. After obtaining his Agrégation of Civil Engineering in 2000, he completed a Master on rock joints (in 2001) and PhD on the hydromechanical behaviour of contacts between geomaterials in the context of nuclear waste storage (completed in 2004) at the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.Moving to Australia in 2005 to take up a post-doctoral position was the first step in Olivier’s career at the University of Newcastle. He began lecturing at the University in 2007, became a senior lecturer in 2009, an Associate Professor in 2012 and a Professor in 2018.Olivier’s research interests span from rock mechanics (hydromechanical response of rock joints, rockfall) to soil mechanics (expansive soils, unsaturated soil mechanics, soil microstructure) with a long history of successful industry collaboration and a taste for challenging problems such as dynamic fragmentation of rocks and mining geotechnics. Olivier combines experimental, theoretical and numerical approaches to conduct his research.Olivier served as an Editorial Board member of Computers and Geotechnics, was an Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal and is a current Associate Editor of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, all highly recognised journals of the field.
Title of the Talk: Swelling and Shrinkage of a Compacted Expansive Soil: A Microstructural Insight Time: 1 PM - 2 PM, 26th May 2022 (AEST)
Professor Tadikonda Venkata BharatProfessor,Department of Civil Engineering,Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Dr. T V Bharat is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Guwahati. He has received both his M.Sc. (Eng.) and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He worked as a visiting fellow and post-doctoral fellow during 2009 – 2012 at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He started his teaching career as Assistant Professor and, subsequently as, Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati from 2012 – 2021. Dr. Bharat has nearly 20 years of research experience and 12 years of teaching experience in India and Canada.Dr. Bharat has published over 60 peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference papers. He has received numerous awards in India and abroad for his contribution to computational Geomechanics and Geoenvironmental research. Dr. Bharat is the editorial board member of the Indian Geotechnical Journal and is an active reviewer of over 25 peer-reviewed journals.Dr. Bharat’s research interests are Waste management, Mitigation of rainfall-induced landslides, and Geotechnical and Architectural aspects of Heritage structures.
Title of the Talk: Hydraulic Characteristics of Partly Saturated Clays Time: 2 PM - 3 PM, 26th May 2022 (AEST)
Dr. Vittoria CapobiancoProject Engineer,Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Norway
Vittoria Capobianco received her PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Salerno (Italy) in 2018 on "The effects of roots on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated pyroclastic soils", where she carried out an experimental study at lab scale. Part of her PhD research was conducted at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she improved her knowledge on soil bioengineering techniques and conducted an experimental study on the effect of nutrients in soil on plant growth and the induced soil hydraulic response.Her main research topics are root-soil interaction in unsaturated slopes and soil-water bioengineering as mitigation measure for rainfall-induced shallow landslides. The results of her research are published in several international journals and national and international conferences. She is project engineer at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, where her main activities are related to applied research on EU and national research projects related to nature-based solutions for natural hazards mitigation, as well as geotechnical consulting projects. Since 2021, she is the convener of the session entitled " Vegetation as nature-based solution for mitigating hydro-meteorological geohazards on slopes and streambanks" at the annual conference of the European Geoscience Union (EGU). She will be the chair of the 3rd workshop organized by the Joint Technical Committee on natural slopes and landslides (JTC1) on "impact of global changes on landslide hazard and risk", to be held on the 7th-10th June 2023 in Oslo (Norway) -
Title of the Talk: Plant-Soil Interaction Effects on the Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of Unsaturated Slopes Time: 3 PM - 4 PM, 26th May 2022 (AEST)