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2019 Queensland AGS Symposium

Risk & Resilience in Geotechnical Engineering

Dr Tim Mote, Deryk Forster, Dr Bindumadhava Aery, Ian Shipway, David Folan, William Eom, Greg Anderson, Amir Shahkolahi, Mehdi Davari, Stephen Buttling and Jun Sugawara

AGS QLD are pleased to present their annual full day Symposium Event for 2019 – This year’s event is aimed at providing delegates with details of current design methods and recent projects with emphasis on how geotechnical risk and resilience were addressed.

About the Symposium

Both risk and resilience in the geotechnical engineering are closely associated. Geotechnical engineers deal with risk on a day to day basis and whilst it cannot be avoided there are different ways to approach both the assessment and management of risk. Resilience on the other hand, is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, withstand, adapt to and rapidly recover from changing conditions. This may be in response such things as climate change, natural disasters or changing conditions on site.

The presenters at the 2019 AGS QLD Symposium – including Clients, Regulators, Consultants, Suppliers and Contractors – will share their knowledge and experience in assessing and managing risks and incorporating resilience into their projects, methods and design.

Preliminary Program



9.15 – 9.45SPONSOR PRESENTATION – Global Geosynthetics
9.45 – 10.15Stephen Buttling – NGC
10.15 – 10.30David Folan – Aurecon
10.30 – 11.00MORNING TEA BREAK


11.30 – 12.00Jun Z Sugawara – TMR
12.00 – 12.15William Eom – SMEC


13.15 – 13.45Tim Mote – Arup
13.45 – 14.15Ian Shipway – EDG
14.15 – 14.45Elisabeth Simbolon – Jacobs
14.45 – 15.15AFTERNOON TEA


15.15 – 15.45Deryk Forster – SMEC
15.45 – 16.15 Bindumadhava Aery – Aurecon
16.15 – 16.30CLOSE
16.30 – 18:00DRINKS & NETWORKING

About the speakers

Dr Tim MoteAssociate Principal, Arup

“SLOPE RISK ANALYSIS supporting post-disaster recovery: The 2016 KAIKŌURA EARTHQUAKE”

Dr Tim Mote is an Associate Principal of Arup and is Arup’s Geotechnical Engineering and Applied Geology Skills Leader for the Australasian region. He is a Chartered Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist with over 25 years of experience working on major infrastructure projects worldwide.

Throughout his career he has supported large multi-disciplinary teams undertaking the design of large infrastructure projects including highways, dams, pipelines, railways, tunnels, bridges, solar, oil and gas facilities (on and off shore), as well as high rise commercial and residential buildings. Tim combines extensive global engineering geology experience with specialist natural hazard, geohazard and risk management expertise to provide consulting services for the built environment.

Tim completed his PhD in Geology at the University of California at Berkeley and practiced in California for 15 years before relocating to Australia in 2008. He has worked on geohazard risk management projects throughout Asia, Australasia, the Pacific, North America and South America. Tim received his accreditation as a NSW RMS Slope Risk Assessor in 2008 and practiced Slope Risk Analysis in NSW, QLD and NZ. In 2016 Tim was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the top 100 Innovative Engineers in Australia for his work on real-time natural hazard risk alerts.

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Deryk ForsterTechnical Principal - Engineering Geology, SMEC

Deryk is a Chartered Geologist with over twenty years’ experience and has worked as an engineering geologist, hydrogeologist, coal exploration, mining, and environmental geologist in Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, China, Oman, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Myanmar.

He has experience in all aspects of geological site investigations, from organisation of logistics to detailed data collection, site inspections, geophysics and mapping to technical reporting, review, and provision of technical advice.

He specialises in Brownfield and Greenfield site investigations, and can assess sites to develop a geological understanding for use by other groups (civil, structural). Currently, the majority of Deryk’s work is for dam concept design, detailed design, construction, emergency works and upgrades.

Deryk has strong skills in GIS operation (ESRI Arc GIS), cartography and software (App) development and was a contributor to the ANCOLD Guideline for Geotechnical

Dr Bindumadhava AeryTechnical Director, Aurecon

“Geotechnical Risks in Infrastructure Projects”

Bindumadhava Aery is a Technical Director with 28 years’ experience in geotechnical designs for major infrastructure projects including Railways, Airports, Highways, Bridges, and Coal Terminals. Bindu has expertise in Geotechnical design for Airport expansions. His specialty includes design and implementation of large earthworks, development of design guidelines, project specific specification, deep & shallow foundations, ground improvements and geotechnical investigations. Bindu has published internationally on the subjects of soil reinforcement and ground improvement.

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Ian ShipwayDirector, EDG Consulting

Ian is a Senior Principal and Director at EDG Consulting. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, a Registered Professional Engineer in Qld, a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. His geotechnical experience spans more than 35 years with consultancies including Golder Associates and Coffey where he was a Senior Principal for his last seven years of service up to 2015. Ian’s technical work has required the practical application of soil and rock mechanics to a diverse range of projects within Australia, New Zealand, PNG and Asia. Despite an interest in many aspects of geotechnics, his current practice is mainly focused on civil infrastructure and mining infrastructure. Ian is active in technical committees at national and international levels, including representing Australia as Head of Delegation on the ISO TC182 – Geotechnics.

David FolanSenior Geotechnical Engineer, Aurecon

“Geotechnical uncertainty affecting project outcomes – examples from QLD dam investigations and upgrades”

David is a chartered engineer with extensive experience in coordination and supervision of field investigations, geological and geotechnical interpretation, slope stability and settlement analysis, design of retention structures and reinforced slopes, dam geotechnics and rock mechanics associated with tunnel support design. David’s recent focus has been on dam geotechnics through investigations, design and construction supervision of dam and reservoir augmentations with an emphasis on collaboration to rationalise designs in an efficient way with high quality outcomes.

William EomExperience Engineer, SMEC

“Nerang Murwillumbah Road Landslide Treatment”

William is a chartered geotechnical engineer with 5 years of experience in the industry, currently undertaking Masters in Engineering Science (Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology) at University of New South Wales. Before joining SMEC two years ago, he worked as an undergraduate and graduate engineer at Coffey Geotechnics. The majority of his experience involves finite element analysis using PLAXIS. He has worked on major infrastructures in Australia and overseas, including an offshore container terminal at Jakarta Port and a coffer dam design with liquefaction assessment at Lihir gold mine. He has co-authored a few technical papers, one of which won the best paper award at GEOMAT 2015 conference.

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Greg AndersonQLD / NT Manager, Wagstaff Piling

Greg studied part time at QUT from 1979-1989 while working at the Water Resources Commission as a Civil Engineering Draftsman and Graduated with an Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1982 and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1989. Greg joined Wagstaff

Piling in Oct 1989 and been working for the company for over 28 years. During his time at Wagstaff he has worked in all areas of the company’s operations including pile testing, design and estimating, project manager and currently oversees the QLD and NT operations.

Amir ShahkolahiTechnical Manager, Global Synthetics

“Investigation on the failure of geosynthetic reinforced walls”

Amir has bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering. As a designer, project manager and researcher, he has been involved in Geosynthetic industry over the last 15 years. Amir is now the Technical Manager-Australia and New Zealand at Global Synthetics.

Besides that, he has published and presented more than 50 technical papers in national and international conferences, seminars and journals. As a member of technical and organising committee, Amir has been involved in more than 60 national and international conferences during these years, covering wide range of geosynthetic applications. Amir was the board member of the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society (IGS) for last 4 years. Amir is now the industry supervisor/advisor for several geosynthetic research projects and also the industry board member of the Australian Pavement Research Hub.

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Mehdi DavariWagstaff Piling

“Risks and mitigations in deep excavations: A case study on a Le Bain project”

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Stephen ButtlingNGC

“Practical examples of reliability based design”

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Jun SugawaraTMR

“Slope Risk and Resilience: Observations and useful information”

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