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1 Geotechnical Engineering Centre GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING CENTRE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND Enquiries: Professor David Williams Golder Professor of Geomechanics & Centre Director CRICOS Provider No 00025B Geotechnical Engineering Centre

2 New Geotechnical Engineering UQ 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 2Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B

3 Geotechnical Engineering Centre The University of Queensland 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 Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 3

4 Geotechnical Engineering Centre The GEC Vision 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 Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 4

5 Geotechnical Engineering Centre Civil & Geotechnical Engineering 4-Year Program 2 (6%) Soil Mechanics Courses → 10 (31%) Geotechnical Engineering Courses (in Green) EXISTING NEW Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 5

6 Geotechnical Engineering Centre Mining & Geotechnical Engineering 4-Year Program 5 (15%) Mining Geomechanics Courses → 12 (38%) Geotechnical Engineering Courses (in Green) EXISTING NEW Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 6

7 Geotechnical Engineering Centre Undergraduate Enrolments Civil & Geotechnical Engineering: Mining & Geotechnical Engineering: YEAR1234 GraduatingEnd 2015End 2014End 2013End 2012/Mid-2013 Male223142/9 Female3811/- Sub-Totals TOTAL63 (61%) YEAR1234 GraduatingEnd 2015End 2014End 2013Mid-2013 Male82351 Female22-- Sub-Totals TOTAL41 (39%) Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 7

8 Geotechnical Engineering Centre Undergraduate Enrolments Combined Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering Enrolments: Geotechnical Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships (4/year) + Postgraduate Top-Ups YEAR1234 GraduatingEnd 2015End 2014End 2013End 2012/Mid-2013 Male /10 Female /- Sub-Totals TOTAL104 1/12 COURSECIVL3210CIVL4250CIVL4270MINE4000MINE3121MINE4120MINE4122ERTH1501 Enrolment Geotechnical Engineering Centre 2/12 COURSECIVL2210CIVL4230CIVL4280ERTH2004ERTH3250 Enrolment CRICOS Provider No 00025B 8

9 Geotechnical Engineering Centre Postgraduate Research Students 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 CRICOS Provider No 00025B 9

10 Geotechnical Engineering Centre Research Collaboration and Funding YEARSRESEARCH PROJECTGRANTING AGENCYCASH ($) Tailings water cycleCosmos Mine with Golder200, Effectiveness of linersARC Linkage with QGC and Golder322, Settlement of high spoilACARP427, Flows in coal seamsACARP with Golder377, Screw auger piles in clayARC Linkage with Piling Contractors, Golder and Insitu Geotech Services 330, Clay-rich coal tailingsACARP226, Flows in coal seamsARC Linkage with ACARP and Golder595, Mining below groundwater2011 UQ CIEF with Rio Tinto and Golder90, Erosion of granular structuresARC Discovery490, Computational geomechanicsDECRA180, Spatial TDRQueensland Smart Futures Fellowship360,000 TOTAL>$3,598,000 Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 10

11 Geotechnical Engineering Centre UQ Computational Geomechanics Alliance 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 Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 11

12 Geotechnical Engineering Centre CPD & Postgraduate Courses 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 Geotechnical Engineering Centre CRICOS Provider No 00025B 12


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