Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) held a seminar on Geotechnical Near Misses and Failures on 16 September 2011 at Curtin University. In continuation of its support of AGS and geotechnical engineering, as last year, GFWA became the gold sponsor of this year’s seminar as well. Rob Simpson, the managing director of GFWA was an invited keynote speaker of the event and shared his experience with the Seminar’s more than 70 participants. Other keynote speakers were Emeritus Professor John Atkinson from City University (London) and John Foster who began practicing engineering in 1966. Babak Hamidi, GFWA’s marketing manager, was on the Seminar’s organizing committee and presented a paper on liquefaction mitigation by ground improvement. Rob and Babak’s presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the below links.