Engineers Australia

Insights Into Geotechnical Project Success

Bari Thomas and Veronica Nolan

Abstract

Nine experienced ground and underground engineering professionals from Aurecon in ANZ were asked to provide details of successful projects where collaboration had occurred. The responses are presented in differing ways, but the insights highlighted several recurring reasons why collaboration had occurred. The factors that were considered to have a positive influence on the outcome of the project included trust, necessity, delivery framework and involvement. The insights gained about these factors were pitched against ideas and hypotheses from accepted business and management theory and found to correlate well. It is concluded that setting up a team for success by having the frameworks in place that will facilitate collaborative mindset and practices will result in team alignment and better project outcomes.