Engineers Australia

The opportunities for a borehole database in Brisbane

Tim Thompson

About the Presentation

The viability of a modern public geotechnical database is influenced by many factors including the availability of data, an area’s population density, and seismic risk. Where a city, region or country has sustained the use of a geotechnical database or databases through evolving technology and generational change, no case needs to be made. Elsewhere the creation of a database may be constrained by questions of liability and intellectual property, or by consultants who view a public database as working to their competitive disadvantage. With an acknowledgement of previous efforts, Tim will deliver a presentation to instigate a follow-up group discussion on the opportunities for a borehole database in Brisbane. The presentation will highlight the potential benefits that such a database could have for the assessment of risk, reduction in costs, the adoption of a standardised borehole data format, and analytical methods in geotechnical engineering.

About Tim Thompson

Tim is the current AGS Qld chair and a Geotechnical Engineer at Arup. After graduating from Purdue University, Tim was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama where he taught land surveying to high school students. He started with Arup in New York and then moved to London for three years to work on preparations for the 2012 Olympics. Tim arrived to Brisbane in early 2010 and has appreciated the national obsession with the Australian Baseball League and its 2016 champion Brisbane Bandits. He is currently undertaking part-time research with the University of Queensland.

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