2016 Vic Chapter AGM, Annual Dinner and Guest Speaker

Max Ervin

Are we there yet? Some reflections on a geotechnical journey

The Victoria Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th of December, followed by their Annual Dinner. We are proud to welcome Max Ervin to talk to us as we dine.

About the talk

Max Ervin is a long standing member of the geotechnical community in Melbourne. In this presentation, Max will reflect on a career spanning over 40 years, the changes he has seen in geotechnical engineering during that time and ask “Are we there yet?”

max_ervinAbout Max Ervin

Max Ervin is a highly experienced geotechnical engineer. Max has undertaken geotechnical investigation and design for a wide range of projects including bridges, roads, major excavations, tunnels, high rise buildings, industrial pavements, wharf developments, earthworks and reclamation. Max has consulted extensively on piled (and other) footings for high rise buildings and associated basement construction in the Melbourne area, and in particular for developments in the Yarra Delta where the weak and compressible Coode Island Silt is present. He has published some of this work in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has also consulted extensively throughout Australia, and in several Pacific Island countries, as well as in Bangladesh, China, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Max has won several awards throughout his career, including Geotechnical Practitioner of the Year, 2006, and Australian Civil Engineer of the Year, 2001. He was the inaugural Chairman (now retired) of Standards Australia Committee CE/27:- Earthworks, and is a past National Chairman, Australian Geomechanics Society and past Vice President for Australasia, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. He was selected to deliver the 2007 Poulos Lecture, awarded by the Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Since “retiring” in 2013 from full time employment with Golder Associates, he has continued to consult on a casual basis. In 2013 he was appointed a Trustee of Trust for Nature (Victoria), and in 2015 was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that works to permanently protect native plants and wildlife on private land in Victoria, in co-operation with private landowners.

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