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Geotechnical Systems that Evolve with Ecological Processes Course

2 September 2019 | Perth, Western Australia

Geotechnical systems are required to perform safely throughout their service life, which can span from decades for levees to in-perpetuity for TSFs. The conventional design practice by geotechnical engineers for these systems utilises the as-built material properties to predict its performance throughout the required service life. The implicit assumption in this design methodology if that the soil properties are stable through time. This is counter to long-term field observations of these systems, particularly where ecological processes such as plant, animal biological and geochemical activity is present. This course presents an integrated perspctive and new approach to this issue; considering ecological, geotechnical and mining demands and constraints.


Course Presenters

Professor Andy Fourie
Professor of Civil
Mining Engineering The University of Western Australia

Mark Tibbett
Professor Mark Tibbett
Professor of Soil Ecology
University of Reading, UK
Click to view the preliminary programme (subject to change)
8:30Session 1
Introducing concepts and purpose
Geotechnical principles and good practice for soils and post-mining landscapes
An introduction to the biology of the soil (part 1)
10:30Morning break
11:00Session 2
An introduction to the biology of the soil (part 2)
Differing perspectives: ecology versus engineering
13:30Session 3
How biology colonises and changes soil
Soil property and parameter change through time
Participant discussion
15:00Afternoon break
15:30Session 4
Managing an evolving engineered land system: towards an integrated geo-ecological approach
Closing discussion
17:00Wrap-up and course close