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AGS QLD Symposium 2018

Innovative Geotechnical Practice within Major QLD infrastructure projects

Geoff Burns, Clinton Chan, Matthew Dews, Ajith (Diss) Dissanayake, Scott Fidler, Pat Gibbons, Greg Hackney, Jared Lester, Rick Martin, Graham Rose, Tiasha de Silva, Greg Anderson and Amir Shahkolhi

AGS QLD are pleased to present their annual full day Symposium Event for 2018 – This year’s event is aimed at presenting details of innovative geotechnical investigation, design and construction techniques adopted within recent major infrastructure projects recently undertaken in QLD.

The 2018 AGS QLD Symposium has deliberately re-focussed on the current state of the various geomechanics industries within Queensland and is aimed at highlighting recent innovations being employed within major projects.

Presenters from across the industry – including Clients, Regulators, Consultants, Suppliers and Contractors – will share innovative design approaches, investigation technologies and construction solutions used to deliver efficient geotechnical outcomes within a number of the significant infrastructure projects recently completed throughout Queensland.

This year’s event also sees a number of changes to the recent symposium events – with a new host venue and the inclusion of a number of younger presenters to make shorter presentations within the technical program. We hope these changes make the event more inclusive for all attendees and provide a forum for discussion on the current state of practice within QLD. The 2018 event completes the recent symposium series that have looked at the past, present and future of geotechnics.

About the speakers

Geoff BurnsAssociate Geotechnical Engineer, Arup

“Innovations and Learnings from Port Drive Upgrade Projects”

Geoff is a geotechnical engineer and Associate at Arup with over 18 years’ experience. He is leader of the Arup Queensland Geotechnical and Maritime team.Since 2005, Geoff has been the Geotechnical Lead on a number of major infrastructure projects include Safelink Alliance (Ipswich Motorway Upgrade Wacol to Darra), Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 1 and Brisbane International Cruise Terminal. He was also the Arup Project Manager and geotechnical engineer for the Port Drive Upgrade project.

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Clinton ChanGeotechnical Engineer, Golder

“GRP Soil Nails for Permanent Retaining Walls on Moreton Bay Rail”

Clinton is a Geotechnical Engineer with Golder, having joined the company in 2014. He has experience in geotechnical design for rail and road infrastructure, geotechnical site investigations, as well as construction verification and supervision. His project highlights include the successful delivery of Moreton Bay Rail and Rothwell Interchange Upgrade, providing desing input into the winning Gateway Upgrade North Tender Design, and the ever challenging Westconnex Stage 2 New M5 Foundation Ground Treatment design and construction verification.

Matthew DewsSenior Geotechnical Engineer, Aurecon

“Challenges in Geotechnical Design for Queensland Infrastructure Projects”

Matthew is a geotechnical engineer with Aurecon, specialising in design and construction support for bulk earthworks projects and slope stabilisation. Matthew has been involved with several major infrastructure projects over the past 10 years, including Hinze Dam Stage 3 upgrade, TrackStar Richlands to Springfield, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and current geotechnical design lead for Inland Rail Phase 2 Feasibility Design, Queensland sections.

Ajith (Diss) DissanayakeTechnical Manager (Quarries and Construction Materials) QLD Deptartment of Transport and Main Roads

“Innovative Approach to the Quality of Quarry Source Materials in Queensland Road Infrastructure Construction”

Diss has over 26 years’ of technical knowledge, skills and practical experience in engineering geological, geotechnical, construction & pavement materials, geo-environmental and hydrogeological disciplines. He is a Fellow in the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) and currently the TMR’s Technical Manager (Quarries and Construction Materials) implementing technical governance and leadership roles for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) on road construction quarry materials across Queensland.

Scott FidlerPrincipal, Regional Leader (Queensland), Golder

“Analysis of Settlement Monitoring Results for the New Parallel Runway Project”

Dr Scott Fidler is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Hydrogeologist with Golder Associates, and is currently the Regional Manager for Golder in QLD. Scott has over 25 years’ experience focussed on geotechnical design, groundwater management and impact assessment for infrastructure and resource projects. Scott has been involved on various projects at Brisbane Airport since the mid 1990’s, and has been involved in the New Parallel Runway project since 2005.

Pat GibbonsAssociate Geotechnical Engineer, Jacobs

“Cardwell Range”

Patrick is an Associate Engineer with over 15 years’ experience who has worked across Australia, Canada and Ireland as a geotechnical engineer on geotechnical, building, civil, mining and oil and gas projects. His experience spans a wide variety of projects including roads, bridges, buildings, mine infrastructure, stability assessment and large-scale earthworks design and construction.

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Greg HackneyPrincipal Geotechnical Engineer, EDG Consulting

“NDRRA restoration works in QLD”

Greg is a Geotechnical Engineer with 20+ years consulting experience working throughout Australia and overseas on numerous geotechnically challenging projects. He has a strong focus on leading geotechnical teams to deliver major projects from design to construction. Greg’s areas of interest include design management, slope stability and risk assessment, slope remedial works design, soft ground engineering and construction monitoring.

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Jared LesterSenior Engineering Geologist, QLD Deptartment of Transport and Main Roads

“Slope instability risk management for state roads, Queensland”

Jared has worked for over 15 years as an Engineering Geologist for Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) based in both Townsville and Brisbane, Australia. His experience includes investigations for slope instability risk assessment, risk mitigation strategies and asset management, bridge foundations, earthworks and geotechnical issues, construction materials, and transport infrastructure development studies.

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Rick MartinSenior Associate Engineer, SMEC

“Nerang-Murwillumbah Road Landslide Treatment and Remediation”

Rick has 18 years of experience working within the geotechnical consulting industry within Europe and Australia, gaining a Master’s Degree from Imperial College London during this time. His project experience spans major highways schemes; slope forensics and remediation; procurement and interpretation of site investigations; structure foundation design; earthworks design; retaining structures; and, construction site supervision.

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Graham RoseTechnical Director (Transport), Aurecon

“3D Geological Models in Engineering - How their use is changing the way we think and work”

Graham is a Technical Director within the Aurecon Ground Engineering team based in Brisbane. He has worked for Aurecon as a senior geologist and geotechnical discipline leader for 13 years. He specialises in site investigations, characterisation, ports expansion projects and 3 dimensional geological models. Graham has a PhD in the geology of Timor and Eastern Indonesia specialising in geological mapping.

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Tiasha de SilvaGeotechnical Engineer, SMEC

“Port of Brisbane”

Tiasha graduated the Queensland University of Technology in 2015, with a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with First Class Honours. She began her career in the geotechnical engineering field and has over 2 years of experience. Tiasha has worked on various projects relating to slope stability, soft soil settlement, and surcharge and wick drain design. A few of her key skills include modelling and analysing soft soils to determine settlement, surcharging and stability, solar farm pile design, and geotechnical investigation and reporting.

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Greg AndersonQLD/NT Manager, Wagstaff Piling

“Review of piling operations within significant Queensland infrastructure projects”

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.

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Amir ShahkolhiPavement/Railway Technical Manager, Global Synthetics

“Geosynthetics for the Sustainable Development of Infrastructure Projects”

Amir has a Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. As a designer, project manager and researcher, he has been involved in Geosynthetics industry over the last 15 years. Amir is now the Technical Manager at Global Synthetics QLD and the secretary of the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). He is also involved in several geosynthetic research programs in Australia and overseas as the industry supervisor.

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