Letter from the Chairman
On behalf of the Bid Committee I cordially ask for your support of the Australian Geomechanics Society’s bid to host ICSMGE Sydney 2017, A Geotechnical Discovery Down Under. We offer the warmth of our magnificent city, graced with iconic engineering symbols and reflected in the world’s finest natural harbour. Enjoy our famous Australian hospitality and friendliness and sample fine food and wine in world class restaurants.
As the most active of the member societies of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the Australian Geomechanics Society has a reputation for excellence in delivering world class technical events. GeoEng2000 lives in the memory of our profession as an outstanding showcase of technical excellence, supported by the highest standard of visitor hospitality. Along with our sister society in New Zealand, our region has over 2,200 members, the highest per capita membership of any of the international societies.
We are the lucky country. The ancient geology that forms our land is rich in the natural resources so important to fuel the insatiable appetite of the industrial world. Our geotechnical engineers are at the forefront of technical challenges of extracting and transporting such large quantities of natural resources. Our academic institutions are leading cutting edge geo-engineering research to find solutions to respond to the new challenges spurred by the rapid pace of mining, oil and gas and associated urban and civil infrastructure development.
Support our bid to bring the biggest event of our profession to Sydney in 2017. Come to Sydney in 2017 and Discover Innovation, Discover Technical Excellence, Discover the Future.
Sam Mackenzie National Chair,
Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)
Australia’s biggest, oldest, most cosmopolitan and exciting city has natural beauty, inspiring arts and culture, a dynamic dining scene, exuberant spirit and near perfect climate, Sydney is one of the world’s most unforgettable places to explore.
Add to this the fact that Sydney is the gateway to Australia, a true hub of geotechnical industry knowledge in the Asia Pacific. The Australian industry community, is active, engaged and innovative with over 60 members per million people in Australia, compared to 1 member per million in Europe. If successful in their bid, the AGS invites you to connect and collaborate Down Under, as new technical, knowledge and social horizons await to be explored.
Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct and Darling Harbour
There are billions of dollars of exciting developments underway or recently completed in the harbour city. Whether it’s the new lifestyle property, The Star, the eagerly anticipated Barangaroo development on the harbour foreshore or the new restaurants that pop up every month, Sydney is a city on the move.
One major development shaping the Sydney landscape, and one to be considered for the 2017 event, is the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centre. Due for completion in late 2016, the 20 hectare integrated precinct will offer world-leading design, infused with the latest technology and flexible meeting and entertaining space, all in the heart of the vibrant Darling Habour.
Darling Harbour is a hub of dining, entertaining and shopping options located a short walking distance from the Sydney CBD. Wander the boardwalk as you browse for the cuisine of choice, catch a movie at IMAX Sydney, visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or simply soak in the atmosphere – the options are endless. The accommodation in Darling Harbour and surrounding areas is diverse and caters for all tastes and budgets.
10 must-dos in Sydney
- Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a BridgeClimb experience, for a stunning 360-degree view of the harbour city.
- Take a tour of the Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes look at this World Heritage-listed marvel or enjoy a star-studded performance.
- Stroll along the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, taking in the spectacular views of beaches, parks and carvings by the local Indigenous people. Take the plunge at Bondi Beach, the most celebrated beach in Australia with its golden sands, great surf and stylish restaurants.
- See Australia’s native animals as well as rare and endangered species from around the world at Taronga Zoo, positioned right on the harbour.
- Shop up a storm – Sydney offers a decadent mix of luxury labels, surfwear and cutting-edge creations by local designers.
- Take a seaplane flight to lunch and admire the city’s stunning harbour and the awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs along the coastline, from the air.
- Experience a guided walking tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, where the original inhabitants of Sydney gathered ingredients for food and medicine.
- Enjoy dining out by the harbour on the freshest produce cooked to perfection by the stars of Australia’s internationally acclaimed cuisine.
- Explore the waterways of Sydney Harbour on a yacht, jet boat or leisurely ferry ride, taking in the world’s largest natural harbour.
- Check to see what festivals or events are happening in town, including the dazzling Vivid Sydney festival, the delicious Crave International Food Festival or a number of exhilarating sporting events.
Sydney: the gateway to … Australia and the Pacific
Sydney is Australia’s international and national gateway and is serviced by over 37 passenger airlines operating over 566 scheduled services per week. Major international airlines operate direct or one-stop services from major hub cities including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Los Angeles, New York, Johannesburg and Santiago.
Australia’s other national assets such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock) are all just a convenient short flight away.
Travelling to Australia also presents a great opportunity to explore other leading international destinations located close by, such as New Zealand and the Pacific Islands en-route pre or post event.
Just outside Sydney
Sydney is just the start – the regions of New South Wales are within easy reach of the city – by car, train or plane.
Part of a World Heritage area, the vast sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains offers bushwalking, delightful gardens and fine guesthouses.
A favourite escape for Sydneysiders, this region is endowed with magnificent beaches, coastal resorts, lakes, waterways and national parks.
Here, visitors can experience quintessentially Australian settlements founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers and loved by visitors today for their old-world ambience and friendly welcomes.
A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale-watching and playful dolphins. Artists, writers and musicians perform at local festivals across the region.
This is a region of grand horizons, adventure, emus and opal mines. You’ll find some real Australian characters. Outback pubs quirkily decorated and built to quench legendary thirsts, are full of welcoming locals and memorable stories.
The unspoilt beauty of the southern coastline unfolds in a series of pristine beaches and bays backed by a hinterland of more than 30 national parks.
The Hunter Valley and Newcastle
At the Hunter Valley, indulge in great wines, gourmet delights plus a host of activities from hot-air balloon flights, championship golf courses and pampering spas. The city of Newcastle offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan ambience with its emerging restaurants, bars and cafés.
Year round, the Snowy Mountains provides a great choice of activities. Winter sports of skiing and snowboarding give way to a raft of warmer weather activities such as kayaking, rafting and mountain hiking.
Wollongong and Illawarra
Unwind at your own pace at idyllic seaside villages and beautiful beaches scattered amongst spectacular coastal scenery, all accessible via the Grand Pacific Drive.
Support our bid
AGS hopes you support their bid to bring ICSMGE to Sydney for the first time in the event’s history. Let’s make 2017 a geotechnical discovery Down Under!