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23 January 2019: Never stop learning. Continuous development and training being delivered to engineers by engineers at Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea. We’ve learnt a lot in PNG and elsewhere abroad, and we’re only too happy to share our experiences.

Rock Mechanics Lectures at Lihir Island, PNG.

23 November 2018: GG was delighted to be a finalist in the ‘proven innovation category’ in the 2018 Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards for the Q-slope method for rock slope engineering. For more information, click here.

2 October 2018: Past and present GG team members and associates attended the ARMS10 international rock mechanics symposium in Singapore. Dr Senaka Welideniya presented a paper on void management in open pit mines. Other papers included challenges associated with ground characterization and 3D limit equilibrium analysis for coal and iron ore mines.

31 August 2018: Gecko Geotechnics is proudly sponsoring the Seminar on Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics in Perth, Western Australia on 31 August 2018. For more information, and to RSVP go to the Australian Geomechanics Society website You can also download the flyer.

25 April 2018: Gecko teams up with 3GSM – the experts in 3D acquisition and assessment of rock, terrain and object surfaces using digital imagery and computer vision. Their state-of-the-art ShapeMetriX UAV software is the fastest, highly accurate single-package tool for acquiring, processing and analyzing engineering geological data from UAV photographs. They cater for classic photogrammetry, only in a more elegant, user-friendly way. Additionally 3GSM have developed a very useful drill & blast package – BlastMetriX. For more information, click here.

15 January 2018: Red Rock and Gecko team up to address the challenges of dealing with anisotropic rock slopes in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia in a publication for the Australian Geomechanics Journal.

This work follows collaboration between Gecko Geotechnics and RocScience throughout 2017 pertaining to their new 3D limit equilibrium analysis software, Slide3. For more information, click here.

31 August 2017: First online publication for the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering journal: ‘The Q-slope Method for Rock Slope Engineering’  in collaboration with Dr Nick Barton of Nick Barton & Associates (Norway). For more information about the project, click here.

10 March 2017: Gecko in collaboration with NML presents a case study on risk management for the interaction of concurrently operating open pit and sub-level caving mines at Eurock 2017 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. For more information about the project, click here.

31 May 2017: Knowledge is power: Gecko and Prime Geotechnics are pleased to share their experiences at the 4th World Landslide Forum (WLF4) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. More than 500 participants from over 50 countries were present – a great and productive event!

Norbert Baczynski & NB at WLF4
4th World Landslide Forum in Ljubljana, Slovenia

10 March 2017
: Gecko is pleased to announce the completion of a pit expansion study for Telfer gold mine that is anticipated to increase mine life by about 5 years. For more information about Telfer, click here.

1 January 2017: Happy new year from the growing Gecko team! We are pleased to announce that Mr Sihaba Mbano and Dr Senaka Welideniya joined the team in 2016 and bring in over 30 years experience in rock mechanics and slope stability.

Mr Sihaba Mbano
Mr Sihaba Mbano, BSc MEng
Dr Senaka Welideniya
Dr Senaka Welideniya, BEng, MEng, MSc, PhD

2 October 2016: Gecko Geotechnics presented several papers and participated in the 2016 ISRM International Symposium (Eurock 2016 in Cappadocia, Turkey) and the XV Symposium on Engineering Geology and Geotechnics (DGEITS in Belgrade, Serbia). Topics included Q-slope in saprolitic and highly weathered rocks, slope deformation monitoring in erosive environments, modelling anisotropy in limit equilibrium models and rock fall modelling. To view the available papers, click here.

15 August 2016: The Gecko Geotechnics team was proud to support and participate in the North Queensland Mining Association Gold Panning event in Mareeba. Great fun all round!

NQMA Gold Pan Event Mareeba - Finding the Gold!
NQMA Gold Pan Event Mareeba – Finding the Gold!

29 June 2016: Gecko Geotechnics presented a paper titled ‘Empirical slope design for hard and soft rocks using Q-slope’ at the 50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium in Houston, Texas. Now with data from 4 continents, Q-slope offers a quick and effective tool assessing the stability of slopes in the field. For a copy of the paper, click here.

5 April 2016: Q-System mobile phone application released – for designing ground support in tunnels and underground excavations! This application provides interactive input menus, background reading, and graphical outputs (Q-support chart & Modulus and Support Pressure chart). It also allows for emailing of automatically generated reports. Click here for more information, or to download the application, visit the google play app store.


30 March 2016: Gecko Geotechnics is pleased to announce its participation at the upcoming 50th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium in Houston, USA (ARMA 2016) and 2016 ISRM International Symposium in Cappadocia, Turkey (EUROCK 2016). Look forward to seeing our geotechnical and rock engineering colleagues abroad!

3 February 2016: Q-slope mobile phone application released for Android mobiles and tablets! Click here to find out more.

15 October 2015: In collaboration with Nick Barton & Associates, Gecko Geotechnics is pleased to announce the introduction of a new empirical method for slope design: Q-slope. Presented by Dr Barton at the Eurock 2015 conference in Salzburg, Austria, Q-slope offers a simple yet powerful method to enable engineers to derive appropriate slope angles in the field in a similar way to designing ground support in tunnels using the Q-system.

5 July 2015: The AusIMM Bulletin: Erosion-driven slope instabilities article published. For further reading click here.

20 February 2015: Gecko Geotechnics Capability Statement released.

15 January 2015: Gecko Geotechnics Pty Ltd commences business.

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