Recent transport projects and their geotechnical challenges

Michael Anchor, Tom Hills, Sam Muirhead, Mathew Hodder and Stuart Cowan

About the presentation

Recent Transport projects in Adelaide have provided geotechnical challenges such as embankments on soft marine soils, construction below the groundwater table, excavation and retaining of stiff unsaturated clays. Geotechnical Engineers involved in the design and construction will present the key challenges encountered and lessons


Michael Anchor DPTI

O-Bahn Extension

Tom Hills – Golder

Torrens to Torrens

Sam Muirhead – WGA

Northern Connector

Matt Hodder – Arup


Stuart Cowan – Jacobs

About the Presenters

Michael Anchor is the Senior Geotechnical Engineer at DPTI with 15 years’ experience. Michael has been involved with the geotechnical investigations for Major Projects over the last 10 years.

Tom Hills is a geotechnical engineer with 20 years’ experience, working on projects around Australia and Ireland. Since moving to Adelaide, he has been fortunate to be involved in a number of DPTI transport infrastructure projects providing geotechnical investigation, design or proof engineering services for the Northern Expressway, Seaford Rail Extension, Torrens to Torrens and Darlington South Road Upgrades, O-Bahn City Access and most recently PTPA Oaklands Rail Crossing.

Sam Muirhead is a Geotechnical Engineer at WGA with 7 years’ experience. He is currently working full time on the Torrens to Torrens South Road upgrade project, with a CPS role. He has had major involvement throughout the life cycle of this project – from the Geotechnical Investigation, through the design phase and now in the construction phase.

Matt Hodder is a geotechnical engineer with 15 years’ experience and currently works for Arup in their Brisbane office. Matt lead the Geotechnical design team for the Jacobs-Arup Joint Venture (JAJV) for the Northern Connector Project

Stuart Cowan is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with more than 29 years’ experience as a geotechnical consulting engineer and has predominantly worked on major transport infrastructure projects in Australia, the UK, Ireland, and Hong Kong.Stuart led the Gateway South Design Joint Venture geotechnical team for the tender and detailed design phases of the Darlington Upgrade Project and is currently providing design support during construction.


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