Tim Sullivan, Pells Sullivan Meynink (PSM), Adjunct Professor UNSW
About the presentation
This lecture deals with the legal aspects of geotechnical engineering. The lecture is focussed on some of the ramifications of engineering disasters and highlights the lessons gained from more than four decades of practice. The experience covers not only the role of the expert witness, but acting as a Mining Warden, in Tribunals and deeply involved in a Coronial Inquiry.
The lecture brings together many elements not covered in text books including; contracts, risk, latent conditions, negligence, expert witness requirements, professional communication, professional responsibilities and some of the human factors around decision making.
About the presenter
Tim Sullivan is currently Adjunct Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of New South Wales and Director and Principal of Pells Sullivan Meynink. From 1997 to 2000 Mr Sullivan was the NSW Coroner’s adviser on the Thredbo Landslide. Mr Sullivan has worked on over 400 mining projects at all stages from planning to operating. He is a geotechnical consultant on slope stability for some of the world’s largest mining operations and companies; including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Newmont, Anglo Gold, Pilbara Iron, Newcrest, and many others. In addition to all the states and mainland territories of Australia, Mr Sullivan has lived and worked extensively overseas. Major projects have been located in India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand, Africa, Philippines, Mexico, New Zealand and Fiji.
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