Short Course on Ground Improvement

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Short Course on Ground Improvement

This course is designed to introduce you to a range of ground improvement techniques and to help you to identify improvement methods appropriate for a variety of soil conditions. The course provides the most recent findings from research and the state‐of‐practice to both expert practitioners and novices in the use of ground improvement techniques. The course is offered by a team of experienced engineers that will provide a unique combination of experiences from research, engineering practice and installation. From the geotechnical design engineer's viewpoint, ground improvement is associated with the improvement/modification of the soil engineering properties. From the contractor’s standpoint; ground improvement is related to a reduction in construction time and costs. Both views are valid reasons to consider the use of ground improvement techniques and will be strongly emphasised in this course. Following an overall introduction on ground improvement (including functions, applications and selection), the course material then focuses on the discussions of a range of ground improvement techniques, the principles governing their performance and the way they work and the construction processes. You will also be introduced to the principles of design, where relevant. 

Who Should Attend?

Geotechnical Engineers, Construction engineers, Contractors, Structural engineers, Owners


Dr A (Malek) Bouazza is a Professor in Civil Engineering at Monash University, Australia and Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, China. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (FIEAust). His research has been recognised by a number of awards including, recently, the 2017 Telford Premium Prize, from the Institution of Civil Engineers, U.K, the 2015 R.M. Quigley Award (honourable mention) from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the 2013 E.H. Davis Memorial Award from the Australian Geomechanics Society, among many others.  In addition to his academic commitments, Malek engages extensively with industry and regularly conducts peer reviews, third-party reviews and expert consultation for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental engineering projects

Dr Joel Gniel is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at Golder Associates, Melbourne, Australia. He is a chartered engineer (CPEng) with 18 years of experience as a consultant. He works on a wide range of local and overseas projects focusing on road and rail infrastructures and land development. Joel is a specialist in foundation design and ground improvement, has a PhD in the area of stone columns ground treatment and is a teaching fellow at Monash University.

Dr Daniel King is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Golder Associates, Melbourne, Australia. His PhD research investigated the behaviour and performance of geosynthetic reinforced column supported embankments (GRCSE) and involved the instrumentation and monitoring of an embankment constructed in North Melbourne as part of the Regional Rail Link project in 2012.  This study is part of an on-going Golder-Monash research project investigating GRCSEs.  The findings of this research have been published in a number of journal and conference papers and applied to the design of GRCSEs in Australia and overseas. 

Mr Derek Avalle is a Geotechnical Engineer at KELLER Australia, Sydney, Australia. He has over 40 years’ experience in geomechanics and environmental engineering, specialising in ground improvement works for a wide range of residential, commercial, mining and infrastructure developments in all states and territories of Australia and elsewhere in the world. His work in ground improvement contracting over the last 15 years is complemented by his prior experience in consulting and teaching. His professional career has spanned Australia, South Africa and the UK, and he has undertaken project work in several other countries.

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Tuesday 29 May 2018


Monash Conference Centre

Level 7, 30 Collins St

Melbourne VIC 3000


The number of places is limited to 35 and will be filled in order of receipts of registrations. Participants are encouraged to register in advance by using the online registration form. CPD is 8 hours.


The fee for registration is $545 (GST inclusive). 

The registration fee includes the course, reference material, lunch and refreshments.


Refunds, less a handling fee of $100, will be made in the event of cancellation, provided notification is received in writing 5 days before the event. For cancellations received after this date, no refund will be given, but substitute delegates are welcome.

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