Delegates visit UOW for international conference

UOW’s Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering and the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) under the auspices of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), recently hosted the International Conference on Ground Improvement and Ground Control.

The conference, themed ‘Transport Infrastructure Development and Natural Hazards Mitigation’, was co-chaired by Professor Buddhima Indraratna and Patrick Wong.

There were over 200 full papers submitted for the conference, the first Ground Improvement Conference to be held in Australia.

Conference Chair Professor Buddhima Indraratna said the event aimed to promote ground improvement concepts and applications, predominantly in the fields of transportation geotechnology and natural hazards mitigation.

“This Conference acted as a platform to disseminate the most recent research and field advances to the geotechnical community around the globe,” he said.

“Outstanding keynote lectures, State of the Art presentations, heritage lectures and numerous technical discussions contributed to three days of scientific and technical discourse followed by an excursion encompassing the natural landscape of the south coast of New South Wales.”

The conference was officially opened by International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) President Professor Jean-Louis Briaud.

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper, Professor Indraratna and Uncle Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy also spoke at the opening ceremony ,with Professor Raper urging attendees to take in the beauty of both the University and Wollongong attractions and Uncle ‘Dootch’ Kennedy delivering the Welcome to Country.

In his address, Professor Indraratna thanked attendees for visiting UOW from all over the world.

“We certainly have three busy days ahead with a tantalising program and equally appealing entertainment to come. I hope that you do find the time to explore beautiful Wollongong, but more importantly that you enjoy the company of your geo-friends,” he told attendees.

  • Professor Buddhima Indraratna co-chaired Australia’s first International Ground Improvement Conference.

  • Uncle Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy delivers the Welcome to Country.

  • ISSMGE President Professor Jean-Louis Briaud, conference co-chair Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper and Uncle Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy.

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Judy Raper urged delegates to enjoy the University and the beauty of the area’s natural landscape.

  • ISSMGE President Professor Jean-Louis Briaud officially opens the ICGI conference.