Advancing Experimental Geomechanics
Experiments in need of theories and theories in need of experiments

The Sydney Centre in Geomechanics and Mining Materials was delighted to host the 2016 Advancing Experimental Geomechanics (AEG) Workshop. This was a three day event in Pokolbin, NSW, bringing together global leaders in the field of experimental geomechanics. The workshop was held from 31 October - 2 November 2016. The theme was: "Experiments in need of theories and theories in need of experiments".

The Proceedings of the event can be downloaded by clicking here.

As the event has now concluded, the remainder of this website is kept for historical context.

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We are delighted to announce that the following invited speakers will present at this workshop:

  • David Airey, University of Sydney, Australia — Dynamic compaction experiments: An experiment in need of a theory
  • Jose Andrade, Caltech, US — An Avatar for granular materials: taking computing and experimentation to the next level
  • James Baker, Manchester University, UK — Depth-averaged models for particle size-segregation and rheology of dense granular flows
  • Ha Bui, Monash University, Australia — Large deformation and failure modelling of geomaterials: How to bridge the gaps between numerical modelling and experiments?
  • Olivier Buzzi, University of Newcastle, Australia — Advanced and reliable micro/macro testing for unsaturated soils
  • Jelke Dijkstra, Chalmers University, Sweden — Making most of scattering techniques for capturing clay behaviour
  • Arcady Dyskin, University of Western Australia, Australia — Mechanics of instability of geomaterials: the concept of negative stiffness
  • Thierry Faug, IRSTEA, France — Standing jumps and bores in granular flows down inclines: back and forth between depth-averaged hydrodynamic-like theory and experiments
  • Yixiang Gan, University of Sydney, Australia — Saturated cluster distributions in wetted granular materials
  • Francois Guillard, University of Sydney, Australia — Earthquakes in puffed rice
  • Kristian Krabbenhoft, University of Newcastle, Australia — Bimodular elasticity: models and predictions
  • Mario Liu, University of Tübingen, Germany — GSH: from Hypoplasticity to Quasi-Elastic Behavior
  • Takashi Matsushima, University of Tsukuba, Japan — Why was Armstrong’s footprint so clear?
  • David Muir Wood, University of Dundee, UK — Stolen voids: modelling of fibre-soil mixtures
  • Ben Nadler, University of Victoria, Canada — Modeling granular hydrodynamics using second gradient fluids that explicitly accounts for Eddies
  • Guillermo Narsilio, University of Melbourne, Australia — Fluid flow and heat transfer: (particle scale) fundamentals and (engineering scale) applications
  • Giang Nguyen, University of Adelaide, Australia — Constitutive modelling of geomaterials: too much experimental data generated but too little used
  • Jean-Michel Pereira, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France — Adsorption-deformation couplings in coal samples in the presence of CO2: experiments and modelling
  • Osvanny Ramos, Université Claude Bernard Lyon, France — On the criticality and predictability of scale-invariant avalanches
  • Mark Randolph, University of Western Australia, Australia — Time and rate dependency of interface shearing
  • Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, UNSW, Australia — Discrete Element Simulations for Granular Physics versus Wave Mechanics Approaches for Solids: The need for experiments showing the Particle-Wave Duality of Structured Solids
  • Pierre Rognon, University of Sydney, Australia — Measuring granular vortices: needs and challenges
  • Adrian Russell, UNSW, Australia — The coexistence of compression and dilation during soil shear
  • Bjornar Sandnes, Swansea University, UK — When three worlds collide: Pattern formation at the gas/liquid/granular interface
  • Alexander Scheuermann, University of Queensland, Australia — Unconventional observation methods in experimental geomechanics: How can we look inside porous media during hydro-mechanical processes
  • Daichao Sheng, University of Newcastle, Australia — Freezer effect of impervious cover
  • Ioannis Stefanou, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France — Strain localization during rapid shearing of a saturated rock layer seen as a Cosserat continuum
  • Manolis Veveakis, UNSW, Australia — Introducing infrared thermography in geomechanical testing

Important Dates


To assist with planning your trip, an outline of the program is provided:

  Sunday 30/10 Monday 31/10 Tuesday 1/11 Wednesday 2/11
8:50 - 9:00   Opening    
9:00 - 10:30   Talks Talks Talks
10:30 - 11:00   Morning tea Morning tea Morning tea
11:00 - 12:30   Talks Talks Talks
12:30 - 14:00   Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Bus from Sydney Talks Talks + Panel discussion Talks
16:00 - 16:30 Afternoon tea Winery tour

Closing + Afternoon tea
16:30 - 18:00   Talks Bus to Sydney
18:00 - 19:00 Registration Poster session  
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome BBQ Dinner Dinner  

A bus to the workshop will pick up attendees at 1:45pm on Sunday 30 October outside YHA Central Sydney, on Rawson Place, just across the street from Central Train Station, which is easily accessible via public transport from around Sydney, as shown below.


Most visitors to Australia need to apply in advance for a visa. Please see here for more details.

The workshop will be held at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin, NSW. This is the in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, and surrounded by vineyards, restaurants and excellent golf resorts. Please see here for more information. The venue is approximately 150km from Sydney, with very few public transport options. There will be a bus taking people to the venue on the afternoon of 30 October and returning on the 2nd of November, otherwise we recommend renting a car to explore the lovely area. The average monthly temperatures in Pokolbin in November are a maximum of 27℃ and a minimum of 14℃.


Registration fees cover all lunches and dinners, plus workshop attendance, and are:

  • Standard registration - $900
  • Student registration - $500
  • Partner (All dinners) - $220

Registration has now opened. To register, please click here.


Special rates are available at the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens for workshop attendees. If you would like to book online please click here. If you would prefer to contact the hotel directly, please call them on +61 (2) 4998 2000 or via email at Please use the code SW0916 to access the special rates. Students have the option of sharing rooms for a reduced fare.

The discounted room rates are:

  • $153.00 per room per night single share
  • $84.50 per night twin share

Whilst we highly recommend staying with the rest of the attendees, there are several alternative hotels nearby, please see here for more information.


SciGEM acknowledges the provision of financial assistance and support from the New South Wales Government, acting through NSW Department of Industry.

NSW Government Sponsors