Bay of Plenty and Waikato YGP Symposium

The first Bay of Plenty & Waikato Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Symposium is happening on Thursday 27 February 2020.

For further details please refer to the flyer here.

Due date for submissions is Friday 24 January 2020

To register you need to provide a 100 to 200 word summary of a geotechnical topic which you can commit to making a 10 minute presentation on at the event. The topic should be something that your peers can learn from. This could be:

  1. A project in which you have learnt something
  2. An original investigation or examination of a topic
  3. A resource or paper you find valuable for your work
  4. An item of research
  5. Other – it just needs to be something geotechnically relevant that others can learn from.

The presentation should be at your level. We want to hear from graduates as well as those who are almost no longer “young”!

No written paper is required. There will be a short question time after each presentation.

Please register your interest by submitting your presentation summary to bopygp@gmail.com

Bay of Plenty and Waikato YGP Symposium

The first Bay of Plenty & Waikato Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Symposium is happening on Thursday 27 February 2020.

For further details please refer to the flyer here.

Due date for submissions is Friday 24 January 2020

To register you need to provide a 100 to 200 word summary of a geotechnical topic which you can commit to making a 10 minute presentation on at the event. The topic should be something that your peers can learn from. This could be:

  1. A project in which you have learnt something
  2. An original investigation or examination of a topic
  3. A resource or paper you find valuable for your work
  4. An item of research
  5. Other – it just needs to be something geotechnically relevant that others can learn from.

The presentation should be at your level. We want to hear from graduates as well as those who are almost no longer “young”!

No written paper is required. There will be a short question time after each presentation.

Please register your interest by submitting your presentation summary to bopygp@gmail.com

2nd NZGS Auckland Branch Xmas Symposium

Event details

Email:  auckland@nzgs.org

What you need to know:

  • The cost is likely to be in the order of $50 for the symposium, and $25 for the evening meal (excluding drinks)
  • The location will be in or around the Auckland CBD
  • The date will be Friday 6 December 2019, 
  • It will be one afternoon of short presentations with food and drinks to end

Information for presenters

If you would like to present your work at the symposium, you have the following options:

  • Standard presentation. Eight minutes of presentation (PowerPoint format), with three minutes of questions. Ideal for longer topics..
  • Quick-fire presentation. Five minutes of presentation, PechaKucha style. Ideal for brief case studies or for discussion-starter talks.
  • Supporting documentation. Each attendee may submit up to six pages of supporting documentation, such as test results. This is intended to enable the sharing of good quality data which may form the basis of further discussions about typical soil parameters. We are enthusiastic to start compiling the results of testing on Auckland soils, including construction tests such as pile capacity, soil nail pull-out etc.
  • Papers. All attendees will be given the option to submit a paper. For those who don’t want to present but do want their information to be available we will allow submission of up to six pages as a paper. Papers will be shared on DropBox.
  • Posters. All attendees will be welcome to bring posters along on the day to put up on the wall.

We are looking for approximately 15 to 25 short presentations. If there are more requests to present than we have allowed for in the programme, we’ll consider one of the following options:

  • Extending the programme into the morning.
  • Limiting the numbers of presentations, based on the abstracts submitted.

Our aim with the event is to focus on topics directly relevant to the Auckland region. Presentations will be prioritised based on how relevant they are to the Auckland regions, as well as how they:

  • Focus on practical issues relevant to the industry
  • Highlight systematic problems
  • Support the sharing of knowledge around local geotechnical parameters or behaviours
  • Balance geological and geotechnical information

21st NZGS National Symposium – Dunedin 2020

UPDATE:  THIS EVENT IS POSTPONDED AND WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN MARCH 2021

Symposium theme

The theme of the Symposium is inspired by the profound changes currently experienced internationally and in New Zealand:

  • Natural disasters associated with climate change effects, are becoming increasingly frequent and severe.
  • The learnings from the recent Canterbury and Kaikōura seismic events are shifting our thinking in New Zealand with respect to the way we perceive and address the seismic risk.
  • Increasing urbanism and growth of population around the cities create more needs for capacity and resiliency of lifelines.
  • The fragile international economy is limiting available resources, and potential changes in insurance practices and cover policies require a different approach in achieving resilience for our communities.

These are pressing future challenges for the geotechnical profession, but also great opportunities. The profession is playing a key role in achieving sustainability of our built environment and communities.

At the same time, new technologies, such as intelligent real time remote monitoring systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and computer power create new capabilities. New wireless communication technologies enable dissemination of knowledge and collaboration, without geographical or other barriers. New regulation and guidelines framework provide an invaluable tool for benchmarking geotechnical engineering practice.
Our past failures and achievements can provide invaluable learnings and assist us prepare for the future challenges and make the most of the future opportunities.

Symposium purpose and format

The Symposium aims to attract the most recent developments in geotechnical engineering, and associated disciplines in New Zealand and internationally. We look for stimulating technical discussions and out-of-the-box ideas in the fields of engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, seismology, geophysics, new technologies.

The Symposium will comprise a pre-symposium half-day workshop, one-day field study, and two days of technical talks and discussions. We will use a range of formats: keynote speakers, plenary special technical sessions and discussions, speaker presentations, and poster exhibitions.

Collaboration and communication with structural and infrastructural engineering will be key component of our technical sessions.

First Wellington Young Geotechnical Professionals (YGP) one-day Symposium

The first annual Wellington Young Geotechnical Professionals’ (YGPs) one-day symposium is scheduled to occur on Tuesday 6 August 2019.

This is the perfect opportunity for Wellington based YGPs to gain experience presenting a project or area of research to their peers in a supportive environment while learning from each other’s experiences and networking.

This year, the mini Symposium will be combined with the one-day NZGS course on “Geotechnical Engineering in Residual Soils” that will be held in Wellington on Monday 5 August 2019. The cost of the Symposium is $250 plus GST. For those who register for both the YGP Symposium and the one-day short Course, the course will be offered at a special price of $180 plus GST. Initial information on the one-day short course can be found here: http://www.nzgs.org/event/geotechnical-engineering-in-residual-soils-2/ .

If you are under the age of 35 or has less than 10 years of work experience as of midnight on 31 December 2019, and keen to take part, please submit an abstract (limited to 200 words) of your proposed presentation to https://forms.gle/ZsiB9pAjiCk8KxTn8. The deadline for this submission is Monday 8 July 2019. Priority will be given to YGPs in the Wellington region, but other regions will also be considered.

There will be a vote for the top three presentations. The top three presentations will be awarded a prize. The top presentation will be presented in a special YGP session in the 2020 NZGS Symposium “Good grounds for the future” that will be in Dunedin between 15 and 17 October 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact the symposium organisers via email (wgtnygp@gmail.com) if you have any further questions regarding this exciting event!