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Invitation to AGERP lecture series (update)

The AGERP – Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: from Research to Practice – Organising Committee invites you to a lecture series which aims to disseminate the coupled learnings from academia and industry on some of the key topics in geotechnical engineering. It is a pro bono initiative, and the lectures are free to attend.
More information at: https://www.age-rp.com/

The organising committee of AGERP is pleased to invite you to the 9th installment of the Lecture series, which will be on ‘Energy Geotechnics’. This is scheduled on 30th October 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 29th October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Marcelo Sanchez (Texas A&M University, USA) and Dr. Fleur Loveridge (University of Leeds, England).
Further info. and registration (free but mandatory): https://www.age-rp.com/registration



The second lecture, titled “Geophysics for Geotechnical Engineers“, will take place on June 25, 2020 (flyer).

The third lecture will be delivered by Prof. Catherine O’Sullivan from Imperial Collage, UK and Mr. David Wines from Itasca Australia Pty. Ltd. The lecture will be on ‘Advanced Numerical Methods and Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering’. This is scheduled on 9th July 2020 and registrations (free and mandatory) close one day before the lecture (flyer)

The fourth lecture of AGERP series which will be delivered by Em. Prof. Malcolm Bolton from Uni. of Cambridge, UK and Dr. Chris Haberfield from Golder Associates Pty Ltd., Australia. The lecture will be on ‘Design of Pile Foundations’. This is scheduled on 24th July 2020. Registration (free and mandatory) opens at 18:00, 09th July 2020 (AEST) and closes at 00:00 23rd July 2020 (AEST).

The 5th lecture will be on ‘Geohazards‘ and will be delivered by Professor Sarah Springman from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland and Dr. Barnali Ghosh from Mott MacDonald, London, UK. This is scheduled on 14th August 2020.

The 6th lecture will be on ‘Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils’ and will be delivered by Professor Em. Delwyn Fredlund from University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Dr. Murray Fredlund from Bentley Systems, Canada. This is scheduled on 29th August 2020. Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 28th August 2020 (AEST). For further information, please refer to the attached flyer.

The 7th installment will be on ‘Biogeotechnics‘. This is scheduled on 3rd October 2020 (AEST). Registration closes at 00:00, 2nd October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jason T. DeJong (University of California, Davis, USA) and Dr. Dimitrios Terzis (Managing Director, MeduSoil).
Further info. and registration (free but mandatory): https://www.age-rp.com

The 8th installment will be on ‘Sensors and NDT Techniques in Geotechnical Engineering’. This is scheduled on 16th October 2020 (AEST). Registration closes at 00:00, 15th October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Kenichi Soga (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Dr. Wayne Muller (CodedRADAR, Queensland, Australia).
Further info. and registration (free but mandatory): https://www.age-rp.com

Seminario telematico organizzato dal Politecnico di Bari: Dr. Adrian Mifsud, 28 ottobre 2020

Cari Colleghi,

il prossimo mercoledì 28 ottobre, dalle 15:30 alle 17, il Dr. Adrian Mifsud, ricercatore presso l’Università di Malta, Msida, terrà un seminario telematico dal titolo:

The Middle Globigerina Limestone, Malta: A study into the geotechnical characteristics with reference to engineering situations“.

L’evento è organizzato dal gruppo di ricerca di Geotecnica del DICATECh, Politecnico di Bari, e si terrà sulla piattaforma Microsoft Teams. Non è necessario registrarsi, per partecipare è sufficiente cliccare sul link riportato in alto nella locandina allegata: Locandina_webinar_Bari_politecnico

Seminario in modalità telematica – Non-invasive seismic test – Prof. S. Foti – Università dell’Aquila – 21 ottobre

Il 21 ottobre p.v. alle ore 9:20 si terrà, nell’ambito del corso di “Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering” dell’Università dell’Aquila, un seminario in modalità telematica dal titolo “Non-invasive seismic test” tenuto dal Prof. Sebastiano Foti del Politecnico di Torino. In allegato la locandina del seminario, primo di una serie di seminari organizzati nell’ambito del summenzionato corso e collocati tra le attività formative del Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Civile, Edile-Architettura e Ambientale dell’Università dell’Aquila.

Si invitano tutti gli studenti interessati a partecipare gratuitamente all’evento, registrandosi mediante la compilazione del seguente modulo: https://forms.gle/hjJGY6EJ9uQBQeyy8


Postdoctoral position at GeoRessources laboratory, Nancy, France

The Multiscale-Hydro-Geomechanics group of the GeoRessources laborarory, Nancy, France, welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Position for 12 months.

The research involves the study and modeling of hydromechanical couplings during gas migration in saturated clayey rocks at mesoscopic scales. The position is funded by a CNRS post-doctoral contract and is part of a larger EU project (EURAD) that aims to mobilize academic research on major nuclear-related issues.

Please find further details in the attached file:

Post-Doc position at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France)

Hydro-mechanical instabilities in low permeability geomaterials

The topic deals with the experimental identification of quantitative interactions between the micro-structure of low permeability geomaterials, the heterogeneous fluid flow through them and their deformation. In particular coupled hydro-mechanical instabilities, say couplings between fluid fingering and strain localization, will be quantitatively investigated. The study is developed within the framework of the ANR project called «STOWENG» underground STOrage of reneWable ENergies in low permeability Geomaterials.

Starting date: 2021-01-01

More information in the attached file: PostDoc_ECN_2021

Webinar: SANISAND-F: A fabric-based sand constitutive framework within anisotropic critical state theory (University of Liverpool – 13 October 2020)

The University of Liverpool Division of Civil Engineering invites to the following webinar:

SANISAND-F: A fabric-based sand constitutive framework within anisotropic critical state theory
by Dr Alexandros Petalas, Imperial College

Tuesday 13 October 2020 12.00 BST (13.00 CET)

Details of how to register can be found at the following link

Workshop-Webinar “Sicurezza delle Infrastrutture”, Perugia, 15-16 ottobre 2020

Si invitano tutti i Ricercatori interessati a partecipare al Workshop sul tema della “Sicurezza delle Infrastrutture”, organizzato dal Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Università di Perugia, nei giorni giovedì 15 ottobre (dalle ore 9:00 alle ore 13:00) e venerdì 16 ottobre (dalle ore 9:00 alle ore 13:00).

Il Workshop si svolgerà in modalità teleconferenza via Windows Teams.
Per ricevere l’invito a partecipare al Workshop è necessario scrivere una e-mail a manuela.cecconi@unipg.it entro martedì 13 ottobre p.v.

Allegatoprogramma Webinar_Sicurezza_15_16 ottobre_2020

3rd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure, 22 – 24 June 2021, Athens (Greece)

La terza International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC2021) è prevista per il 22-24 giugno 2021 ad Atene (Grecia).

Il Comitato Scientifico ricorda che la scadenza della call for abstracts è il 25 ottobre 2020, nell’auspicio che la conferenza si tenga come da programma a giugno 2021 ad Atene o venga tutt’al più rinviata al 2022 in caso di impedimenti dovuti al COVID-19.

Locandina/Call for abstractsAbstracts_flyer_ICONHIC2021

Per maggiori informazioniiconhic.com/2021

Founded in 2016, the conference emerged in response to the ever-growing need for a landmark event that will gather together a broad field of expertise, aiming to prevent and reduce the risk of extreme natural events and their aftermaths on infrastructure. Sponsored by international industrial partners and institutions, who worked hand-in-hand with the academia to deliver an event that fosters collaboration between different stakeholders, ICONHIC2016 and ICONHIC2019 attracted a large number of attendees from all over the world, coming from exceptionally diverse technical or business backgrounds, with one overarching goal: to prepare within the constantly changing and highly uncertain environmental conditions and develop future-ready societies, able to reduce risk & manage disruption.

Following its evolution philosophy, the ICONHIC 2021 edition ventures the step forward: to build upon facilitative dialogue and strong synergies and propose an informed and realistic course of action against catastrophic natural events.

XIII International Symposium on Landslides – Cartagena (Colombia) – from presential to virtual

In addition to our previous communication in which we announced the postponement of the XIII International Symposium on Landslides – XIII ISL for the week of February 22nd to 26th – 2021, taking into account how the Covid-19 pandemic has been evolving, with great severity in the American Continent, in common agreement with JTC1 and the authorities of ISSMGE, ISRM, IAEG and FedIGS, it has been decided to change the modality of this important event from presential to virtual.

The virtual event includes the presentation of the ten illustrious Keynote speakers originally invited, who have reaffirmed their support, and the participation of most of the authors of the short articles presented by colleagues from more than 30 countries around the world.

The corresponding program, including the detail of its activity, will be available on the Symposium’s website in the coming days. We look forward to your participation.

Symposium website: http://www.scg.org.co/xiii-isl/index.html

Borsa di dottorato presso University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – UK

Title: Micromechanics of cracking of clay subjected to air drying and/or gas breakthrough
Duration: 3 years
Start date: from 01/10/2020 to 31/12/2020
Stipend: £1270/month
Eligibility: Applications from UK/EU applicants only, First Class Honours (or equivalent)
Where: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Supervisors: Dr Matteo Pedrotti (https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/pedrottimatteomr/) and Professor Alessandro Tarantino (https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/tarantinoalessandroprof/)
Contact: matteo.pedrotti@strath.ac.uk

Project summary
This 3-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will focus on investigating the mechanisms at the micro/particle scale underpinning the process of crack formation in clay associated with air drying and/or exposure of the clay interface to gas at high pressure.
The research will mainly be experimentally-based and the PhD candidate will make use of state of the art technologies for the investigation of the clay microstructure including X-Ray Computed Tomography, Environmental Scanning Microscopy, and Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry.
Despite 100 years of research on the macro-mechanical behaviour of clay, we are still largely ignoring underlying mechanisms at the particle scale. Clay micromechanics involves the understanding of the configuration of elements (particles) and the forces controlling the kinematics of such elements. Clay micromechanics (including the evolution of particle configuration in clays when subjected to mechanical loading) has rarely been investigated explicitly and is a young and rapidly growing discipline in the field of soil mechanics.
Besides joining a vibrant geotechnical community at Strathclyde, the candidate will join the International Research Centre For Clay Micromechanics (https://www.irccm.net ) which will provide the opportunity for international collaborations and to spend a period abroad in one of the partner universities (i.e. Chalmers University of Technology – Sweden, University of Twente – The Netherlands, Université Grenoble Alpes – France, University of Brasilia – Brazil, Politecnico di Bari – Italy, Technical University of Denmark – Denmark) .
Industrial contacts will be mainly focused, but not only, towards the Carbon Storage and Sequestration sector.


Il GNIG (Gruppo Nazionale di Ingegneria Geotecnica) si propone di promuovere il coordinamento delle attività di ricerca e di formazione nel Settore Scientifico Disciplinare ICAR07 – 08/B1 ‘Geotecnica’, di curare le relazioni con gli altri Settori Scientifico Disciplinari, con gli Organi di Governo dell’Università e con le Associazioni Scientifiche e Culturali del Settore.

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