Cutting Edge Geotechnical Symposium

Jun 27, 2013

As New South Wales, Australia, gears-up for an unprecedented level of major transportation infrastructure projects, Golder Associates took a lead in providing a relevant, industry-focussed symposium to showcase innovative solutions to manage ground engineering challenges and realise new opportunities.

Four of Golder's leading technical experts presented examples of successfully applied real-world solutions from pertinent local and international projects. The technical topics ranged from appropriate tunnel design, complex ground modelling and interaction with existing structures, to cost-effective ground improvement and the application and future direction of information management.  Top tier law firm, Allens, provided an insightful legal perspective on minimising the impact of geotechnical issues on major project completion.

An informed debate was sparked through the concluding panel discussion, with presenters, and both public and private sector representatives well engaged.

Positive feedback has been received from attendees, who were grateful for the innovative content and for improving their understanding of geotechnical issues on major transport projects. Some of the feedback received includes:

"Well done, it was a great presentation." Business Development Manager, Tier 1 Contractor

"You guys have done a really good job and it was definitely worth the time." National Design Manager, Tier 1 Contractor

Symposium Presenters:

Les McQueen - Engineering Geologist and Principal at Golder Associates. "Contemporary Rock Tunnel Design - Modelling, Innovating and Benchmarking", covering aspects of fractured rock data analysis, interaction of rock with tunnel support, modelling and simulation for tunnel design and mining geomechanics.

Dr. Gary Chapman - Principal at Golder Associates (Geotechnical Practitioner of the Year - Australian Geomechanics Society). "Innovations in Ground Improvement and Deep Foundations", highlighting improvements in the design and application of ground treatments and piled rafts. Project examples illustrated benefits of innovative approaches over conventional fully piled foundations.

Tom Henderson - Director at Golder Associates (Hong Kong). "Geotechnical Risk in Transport Projects - Recent Experiences from Hong Kong and Australia", identifying and managing ground risk is a critical success factor during underground urban projects. Using international project examples, Tom explored how geotechnical data can benefit during project delivery and how collaborative approaches to risk sharing compare when used in target cost and alliance type procurement models.

Dr. Chris Meikle - Senior Engineering Geologist at Golder Associates. "Remarkable Innovations in Geotechnical Information Management", exploring emerging technologies and applications to provide innovation and differentiation when visualising design concepts and presenting spatial and subsurface information to stakeholders.

Brian Millar - Partner at Allens, "Mitigating Adverse Geotechnical Conditions - A Legal Perspective", provided a legal and commercial perspective on mitigating the impact of encountering adverse geotechnical conditions on the successful completion of major projects including risk allocation, effective contract delivery and minimising the impact of disputes.

About Golder Associates

As a global, employee-owned organisation with over 50 years of experience, Golder Associates is driven by our purpose to engineer earth's development while preserving earth's integrity. From more than 180 offices worldwide, our over 8,000 employees deliver solutions that help our clients achieve their sustainable development goals by providing a wide range of independent consulting, design, and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy.

For more information contact:

Golder Associates Pty Ltd
Craig McKiernan, National Manager, Client Development
Tel: [+61] 8 9213 7600
Email: cmckiernan@golder.com.au

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