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GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING CENTRE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND. Enquiries: Professor David Williams Golder Professor of Geomechanics & Centre Director Email: D.Williams@uq.edu.au. Geotechnical Engineering Centre. New Geotechnical Engineering Programs @ UQ. 2.

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geotechnical engineering centre at the university of queensland

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING CENTRE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Enquiries: Professor David Williams

Golder Professor of Geomechanics & Centre Director

Email:D.Williams@uq.edu.au

Geotechnical Engineering Centre

new geotechnical engineering programs @ uq
New Geotechnical Engineering Programs @ UQ

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

  • Commenced February 2012
  • Funded by Golder Associates, Rio Tinto, AngloGold Ashanti and BHP Billiton, in partnership with UQ
    • Industry Partners each contributing ~$150,000/year
    • Matching funding from UQ
    • Total funding of $6 million over 5 years
    • 3 new academic appointments, making a total of 7:
      • Professor of Rock Mechanics (to be appointed)
      • Lecturer in Rock Mechanics (appointed)
      • L/SL in Hydrogeology (to be appointed)
    • Plus supporting PostDocs
the university of queensland
The University of Queensland

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

UQ is among top few universities in Australia, and ranks in top 100 worldwide

UQ performs very well in both Teaching and Research, and is among leading universities nationally in Teaching Awards and competitive Research Funding

Within EAIT, the School of Civil Engineering is noted for its Water Resources Centre and Geotechnical Engineering Centre

the gec vision
The GEC Vision

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

  • New Civil & Geotechnical Engineering and Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Programs will produce:
    • Civil and Mining Engineering graduates with a specialisation in Geotechnical Engineering, unique in Australia! (Canada has 5 or 6 such programs, e.g., making their graduates much sought after by Australian companies)
    • Graduates in high demand from Geotechnical and Mining Engineering Consultants, Mining Companies, and Civil and Mining Contractors
    • New Programs will have ~60 graduates/year
civil geotechnical engineering 4 year program
Civil & Geotechnical Engineering4-Year Program

NEW

NEW

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NEW

2 (6%) Soil Mechanics

Courses → 10

(31%) Geotechnical

Engineering Courses

(in Green)

EXISTING

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

mining geotechnical engineering 4 year program
Mining & Geotechnical Engineering4-Year Program

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

EXISTING

5 (15%) Mining

Geomechanics

Courses → 12 (38%)

Geotechnical

EngineeringCourses

(in Green)

EXISTING

EXISTING

EXISTING

EXISTING

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

undergraduate enrolments
Undergraduate Enrolments

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

Civil & Geotechnical Engineering:

Mining & Geotechnical Engineering:

undergraduate enrolments1
Undergraduate Enrolments

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

Combined Geotechnical Engineering:

Geotechnical Engineering Enrolments:

Geotechnical Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships (4/year) + Postgraduate Top-Ups

postgraduate research students
Postgraduate Research Students

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  • PhD students in Geotechnical Engineering:
    • Currently 16
    • Rising to over 20 by 2013
  • Research topics include:
    • Mine tailings water cycle
    • Effectiveness of liners for water storage ponds
    • Settlement of high coal mine spoil
    • Flow in coal seams
    • Behaviour of screw auger piles in clay
    • Problematic clay-rich coal mine tailings
    • Mining below the groundwater table
    • Erosion of granular structures
    • Computational geomechanics
    • Development and application of spatial Time Domain Reflectrometry
research collaboration and funding
Research Collaboration and Funding

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

uq computational geomechanics alliance
UQ Computational Geomechanics Alliance

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

  • Four themes:
    • Coal Seam Gas (through new Coal Seam Gas Centre):
      • Masters in Petroleum Engineering
      • Research on CSG water management, fraccing, potential for fault mobilisation and induced seismicity, production, etc.
    • Deep Mining (Deep Open Cuts, Deep Underground Mines, and Super Caves):
      • Involving numerical modelling and field monitoring of increasingly high stress regimes
    • Heap and In Situ Leaching:
      • Modelling and monitoring of leachate flow and ore breakdown
    • Data Scale-Up and Field Monitoring, including Remote Sensing
cpd postgraduate courses
CPD & Postgraduate Courses

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Geotechnical Engineering Centre

  • Continuing Professional Development, with future conversion to Postgraduate credit:
    • Coal Mine Geomechanics courses (given by Dr Ross Seedsman) commenced June 2010 (2-year cycle):
    • Mine Waste Management courses (with Golder) under development
    • Geotechnical Engineering being considered
    • Courses will only be given by experts (academic and industry)
  • Interested practitioners are welcome to request approval to attend undergraduate lectures – Contact David in first instance