Some Lessons Learned During a Career In Geotechnical Engineering

Prof. Barry Lehane

Many of the geotechnical failures that arise in practice occur due to poor understanding of the ground, design errors, lack of appreciation of construction practices and unforeseen conditions over the life of a structure. The talk will present some observations made and lessons learned from a selection of case histories that the speaker has had personal involvement with over his career.

About the speaker

Prof Barry Lehane

Prof. Barry Lehane School of Engineering, Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Western Australia, and Opifex Engineering Group

Prof Barry has worked as a practitioner and academic in geotechnical engineering since 1984. Prof. Barry obtained his Civil Engineering degree from University College Cork in Ireland and then worked with Arup Geotechnics in London until he began his PhD at Imperial College, London in 1989. Following completion of his PhD in 1992, he again worked with Arup in London and Hong Kong before taking up a lecturing position at Trinity College in 1994. He moved to Perth in 2002 and has remained as a Professor at the University of Western Australia since then. Prof. Barry has published more than 300 technical papers and presented over 50 keynote lectures. He continues to provide expert advice on many national and international projects related to foundations and soil-structure interaction.

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