Local Organising Committee Members

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Conference Chair

Professor John Carter

John Carter has more than 30 years experience in teaching, research and consulting in civil, geotechnical and offshore engineering. His research interests include analytical and numerical modelling, soil-structure interaction, rock mechanics, the behaviour of cemented and uncemented carbonate soils, soft soil engineering, tunnelling and offshore foundations. He is the author of several hundred refereed technical papers in geotechnical engineering and engineering mechanics, covering a diverse range of topics from theoretical mechanics to experimental applications. His research output includes a significant body of work on the engineering behaviour of seabed carbonate sediments. Because of the expertise acquired during his research career in geotechnics John Carter has been called upon to consult widely to industry on a range of geotechnical projects including soft clay foundations, offshore foundations, retaining walls and buried structures. He has also been retained as an expert consultant on numerous offshore foundation problems for a number of major oil and gas companies, including BHP, Esso, Woodside, Wapet, Bond Oil, Amoco and Exxon. John Carter's experience with engineering projects has required him to work in Australia, Britain and the USA. He has authored more than 60 major consulting reports for a range of clients, including mining companies, oil companies, other engineering consultancies and lawyers.

Conference Co-Chair

Mr Graham Scholey

Graham is a principal geotechnical engineer with over 25 years of experience providing geotechnical and applied geological consulting services, primarily for civil infrastructure projects such as ports, railways, roads, utilities and building developments.

Graham frequently takes the role of technical reviewer or project director for geotechnical investigation and design consultancy services

Graham’s particular technical interest is in the engineering implication of geological conditions and geotechnical risks to major infrastructure projects. Graham has provided geotechnical services for major infrastructure projects through all stages of development – feasibility, route selection, concept and detailed design, construction, operation and maintenance. The management of geotechnical risk by effective investigation, design and construction practices has been a key element of the types of services Graham provides. Graham has lead major geotechnical investigation projects throughout the world.

Scientific Program Chair

Professor Mark Jaksa

Professor Mark Jaksa is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has been an academic for more than 30 years, before which, he spent 4 years practicing as a consulting geotechnical and civil engineer in Adelaide and Canberra. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD, both from the University of Adelaide.

He has published more than 170 papers, chapters and reports on various aspects of geotechnical engineering research and teaching. His primary areas of expertise are in the characterisation of the spatial variability of soils, probabilistic analyses, artificial intelligence, ground improvement and enhancing learning in geotechnical engineering. He has received several awards recognising his contributions to learning and teaching in geotechnical engineering.

Mark is a former Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society and is the Immediate-Past Vice-President for Australasia and Treasurer of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is the past Chair of the ISSMGE’s Technical Committee, TC306, on Geo-engineering Education and a member of TC304, Risk Assessment and Management.


Ms Frances Badelow

Frances is the New South Wales Manager for Mott MacDonald, a US$2bn global engineering, management and development consultancy focused on guiding its clients through many of the planet’s most intricate challenges in the energy, transport, water, built environment, and general advisory sectors. Mott MacDonald employs over 16,000 people, delivering projects in Africa, Asia Pacific and Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and South Asia – 150 countries in all.

As State Manager Frances is responsible for the quality and delivery of Mott MacDonald’s services across NSW.

Frances has over twenty five years’ experience in the engineering consulting field and has a wide range of geotechnical experience including foundations, tunnels, roads, railways, marine structures, slope stabilisation and reclamation design. Frances has worked in the UK, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. She extensive leadership experience at both technical and corporate levels as well as extensive design and construction experience on major infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas.

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sukamar Pathmanandavel

Sukumar Pathmanandavel is Global Service Leader for Ground & Underground Engineering at Aurecon.

Sukumar leads an integrated team of geotechnical, tunnel and pavement specialists to drive knowledge sharing, shape future capabilities, and guide the use of new technologies.

Working closely with Global Director for Excellence and Expertise, Dr Kourosh Kayvani, Sukumar supports Aurecon’s eminence strategy by mobilising its talent pool to apply their skills, deep insight and professional passion to solving complex problems for their clients. Sukumar’s knowledge and experience has been gained by working on some of the most technically challenging projects around the world.

YGP Convenor

Mr Darren Paul

Darren is a Principal Engineering Geologist with 18 years’ experience. Holding degrees in both geology and civil engineering, he specializes in geotechnical investigations, ground model development and assessment ground related risk to buildings, roads, tunnels, railways, pipelines and other infrastructure.

Darren has specialist skills in geological and geomorphological mapping which he has used to undertake terrain evaluation and hazard identification studies in Australia, PNG and West Africa as well as slope stability assessments throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

Darren has received a number of professional awards including Victorian Young Engineer of the year 2008, Richard Wolters Prize (IAEG) 2010 and Australian Geomechanics Award for Best Paper, 2014.

Darren is past chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society and member of the IAEG technical commission on ground models. He is a teaching fellow at Monash University where he lectures in engineering geology.

AGS Secretary: Mr Peter Robinson ([email protected])

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  • Key Dates

  • Abstracts OpenDecember 2019
  • Abstracts Close30 November 2020
  • Presenters NotifiedDecember 2020
  • Registrations OpenDecember 2020
  • Paper SubmissionJune 2021
  • Early Bird Registration ClosesApril 2021
  • 7iYGEC Sydney29 April - 1 May 2022
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