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The Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering and the Australian Geomechanics Society under the auspices of ISSMGE will be organising the International Conference on Ground Improvement and Ground Control: Transport Infrastructure Development and Natural Hazards Mitigation. The Conference will be held at the Innovation Campus of University of Wollongong, Australia, during October 30 - November 2, 2012. The Conference will be aimed at promoting ground improvement concepts and applications predominantly

in the fields of transportation geotechnology and natural hazards mitigation. This Conference will act as a platform to disseminate the most recent research and field advances to the geotechnical community around the globe and is expected to be the biggest Ground Improvement conference to be held in Australia. Outstanding keynote lectures, State of Art (SOA) presentations, heritage lectures and numerous technical discussions will contribute three days of scientific and technical discourse followed by attractive excursion encompassing the natural landscape of the south coast of New South Wales.

We cordially invite all to attend the conference in Wollongong in 2012.

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna (Chair, ICGI 2012)
Professor of Civil Engineering and Research Director,
Faculty of Engineering
Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering
University of Wollongong,
Wollongong City, NSW 2522, Australia
Tel: (61 2) 4221 3046; Fax: (61 2) 4221 3238

Poster Presentations

*Posters will be displayed for the whole duration of the Conference. All authors are asked to be alongside their poster during this time. The Poster Session is marketed as an opportunity for delegates to approach the author of the poster and ask questions or discuss any element of the information displayed.

*Posters must be no larger than A1 (841 mm high x 594 mm wide) portrait and poster presenters must provide their own Velcro ‘hooks’ to display the posters.

* Presenters must bring their poster with them to the Conference and advise the registration desk when they arrive.


Registration Pricing

Early Bird Ends 1st of July 2012.

Type Price EarlyBird
Member Registration* AUD 850 AUD 650
Non-Member Registration AUD 950 AUD 750

*Member rates will be granted for membership in the following associations:

*Includes all scheduled activities during ICGI 2012, banquet and welcome reception.

Type Price EarlyBird
Student Registration** AUD 500 AUD 450

Banquest and Welcome Reception Included.

*CD version of the conference proceedings only*

**Delegates registering at the student rate must submit a letter from their supervisor defining their student status.

Additional Banquet dinner ticket: AUD 120.

Cost of additional proceedings (with CD): AUD 150.

Supported By :

International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)

ISSMGE - Technical Committee 211: Ground Improvement (TC 211)

ISSMGE - Technical Committee 303: Geotechnical Engineering for Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Rehabilitation (TC 303)

ISSMGE - Technical Committee 202: Transportation Geotechnics (TC 202)

International Geosynthetic Society (IGS)

Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)

Geo-Institute (G-I)



The extended versions of selected papers from ICGI 2012 will be published in a special issue(s) of the Ground Improvement Journal in 2013


Sample of "Special Presentations"

Prof. Jean-Louis Briaud, Texas A&M University College Station, USA
Title: Soil compaction: recent developments

Prof. Kerry Rowe, Queen's University, Canada 
Title: Use of geosynthetics to aid construction over soft soils – successes and cautions

Prof. Sarah M. Springman, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, Switzerland
Title: On the design of ground improvement for embankments on soft ground

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka, Tokyo University of Science
Title: Geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures for transport in Japan.

Prof. Anand J. Puppala, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Title: A Review on Problematic Sulfate Levels in Expansive Soils

Prof. Dennes Bergado, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Title: Behavior of MSE wall/embankment with geogrid and metallic reinforcements on hard foundation

Prof. Jie Han, The University of Kansas, USA
Title: State of the Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Column-Supported Embankments over Soft Soils

Prof. Pedro Pinto, LNEC, Portugal
Title: Applications of Ground Improvement Techniques to Embankment Dams

Prof. Marcio Almeida, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Title: Soft clay improvements in Brazil: experiences with stone columns, vertical drains and soil injection

Prof. Chu Jian, Iowa State University, USA
Title: State of the Art Report on Soft Soil Consolidation and Improvement

Mr. Serge Varaksin, Ménard Soltraitement, France
Title: Ground Improvement Case Histories and Advances in Practice

Prof. George M. Filz, Virginia Tec, USA
Title: Integration of Design, Construction, and QC/QA for Deep Mixing Support of Levees and Floodwalls

Dr. Abir Al-Tabbaa, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Title: Soil Mix Technology for Integrated Remediation and Ground Improvement: Design & Field Performance

Prof. Chai Jin-Chun, Saga University, Japan
Title: Some case histories of vacuum consolidation in Japan

Dr. V R Raju, Keller Foundations (SE Asia) Pte Ltd
Title: Singapore Drilling & Grouting for Tunnelling Projects

Prof. Askar Zhusupbekov, Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan
Title: The Stability of Hillslides at Construction with High Seismicity

Prof. M R. Madhav, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU, HYD), India
Title: Perspectives in Granular Piles/Stone Columns Engineered Ground

Prof. Maosong Huang, Tongji University, China
Title: Soil Arching in Composite Embankments with Long and Short Piles

Prof. Jian-Hua Yin, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Title: Hong Kong Settlements of Soils with Creep

Prof. Mohamed A. Sakr, Tanta University, Egypt
Title: Salvation of HIBIS temple, El-Kharga – Egypt

Prof. Mounir Bouassida, National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT), Tunisia
Title: Design of Column Reinforced Foundation

Dr. Mohamed Shahin, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Title: Modelling of Ground Improvement by Prefabricated Vertical Drains in Highly Variable Soils

Mr. Kenny Yee, Menard Geosystems Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Title: Ground Reinforcement in Deep Water in Southeast Asia

Prof. Roger Frank, CERMES (ENPC – LCPC), France
Title: Some lessons learnt from ‘FOREVER’: the French national research project on micropiles

Prof. Ennio Marques Palmeira, University of Brasília, Brazil
Title: Geosynthetic Reinforcement in Transport Infrastructure

Prof. Kenichi Soga, University of Cambridge
Title: Mechanics of compensation grouting in clays and sands

Dr. Deepankar Choudhury, Indian Institute of Technology (IITB) India
Title: Modern Design Techniques of Reinforced Soil-Walls to Mitigate Seismic and Tsunami Hazards

Prof. C F Leung
Title: Ground Improvement Techniques for Land Reclamation - Singapore Experience

A/Prof. Jayantha Kodikara, Monash University, Australia
Title: New practical framework for predicting compacted soil behaviour

Geoff McIntosh, Douglas Partners, Australia
Title: Construction of a Buddhist university on a derelict landfill

Kim Chan, GHD Geotechnics, Australia
Title: Designing Columnar Inclusions to Control Horizontal and Vertical Displacements

Prof. Robin Chowdhury, University of Wollongong
Title: Geotechnics of Slopes for the 21st Century–Dealing with Uncertainties and Hazards

Dr. Patrick Wong, Coffey Geotechnics, Australia
Title: Planning of Ground Improvement for Transportation Projects

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna, University of Wollongong 
Title: Ground Improvement for transportation infrastructure in Australia

Prof. Michael Davies, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Title: Plant Root Reinforcement of Slopes

Prof. Serge Leroueil, Laval University, Canada
Title: Soft clay consolidation and remarks on implications to Ground Improvement


Final Program



Important Dates

Abstract Due:
15 August 2011

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:
1 September 2011

Receipt of papers for review:
10 February 2012

Notification of Paper Acceptance:
1 April 2012

Receipt of camera-ready papers:
1 May 2012

Conference Date:
30 October 2012

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