NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairman National Executive Committee
Director Cutabolt Pty Ltd, Consultant DuPont Safety Resources
Simon was elected chairman of the executive committee in 2007. His experience covers exploration drilling and ground support in both operator sales and marketing roles. Simon is the Managing Director of Cutabolt Pty Ltd supplying glass reinforced polymer (GRP) rock bolts and accessories. Longwall coal mines have been using GRP bolts for temporary support since the late 1980s, their application to tunnelling and underground structures is however more recent. GRP tendons, bolts and mesh are used for ground support where either the rock mass is to be subsequently removed e.g. “soft eye” or where long term corrosion resistance is required (100 years plus). Cutabolt are Australasian agents for Cooper and Turner, suppliers of embedded items for concrete lining segments. Simon is also employed by DuPont to deliver and provide guidance with their behavioural safety technology. This was useful when Simon sat on the committee to develop the new NSW WorkCover code of practice for Tunnels under Construction. His pro bono work extends to Rotary International where he is Assistant Governor for the Sydney group of clubs.
Melbourne Group Convenor
Manager, Design and Engineering – John Holland Tunnelling
John Holland Pty Ltd
Ed has been a member of the Melbourne Group now for many years and was on the organizing committee for the 2008 ATS Tunnelling Conference held in Melbourne. He is currently employed as Manager, Design and Engineering for the John Holland Tunnelling Division providing engineering management and technical support to current and potential future projects.
John Holland is one of Australia’s major contractors in civil tunnelling and has been a major sponsor of ATS over the years. Their recent landmark projects such as the Melbourne City Link, New Southern Railway, Northside Storage Tunnel Project, Lane Cove Tunnel and Eastlink place John Holland at the forefront of major tunnel infrastructure projects in Australia. Offshore John Holland has recently completed the Kowloon Southern Link in Hong Kong. The tunnelling group are currently involved in the Airport Link project in Brisbane and three major sewer projects in Melbourne.
BASF Australia Ltd
Warren is the Australian Business Manager for Civil Tunnelling, Soft rock Mining & Machinery for their Underground Construction Division. This division specialises in Ground Support for the Mining and Tunnelling industries, such as, shotcrete, injection, grouting and waterproofing. BASF have supported many civil tunnelling and mining projects throughout Australia for many years. As well as representing the Executive Committee, Warren has been an active member of the Brisbane Group since 1999. He also is a committee member with the Australian Shotcrete Society since it was originally established in 1995.
Perth Group Convenor
Geosite Pty Ltd
Eric is a Consulting Geotechnical Engineer with over 30 years' experience in investigation, design, construction, failure and collapse studies and legal/insurance assessments on a wide range of projects in a range of countries. He has been involved in soft ground TBM tunnelling projects in WA, NZ and Singapore for over 10 years. He has been on the Perth ATS Committee since 2004. He is also the Australian Representative of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Technical Committee 28, Underground Construction in Soft Ground.
Daryl Gilchrist is Chair of the Sydney Chapter and represents NSW on the Executive Committee. He is a Principal Engineering Geologist at Sydney Water where he provides geological advice in all areas of operation from planning and design, through to inspections and construction. He has a Master's degree in Engineering and Environmental Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Earth & Environmental Science (Engineering Geology major) and holds diplomas in Insurance and Project Management. Daryl has worked with various geotechnical consultants in Sydney over the past 15 years. His main areas of expertise lie in geotechnical site investigation work, geomorphological terrain assessment, tunnel inspections and remediation. He has published numerous papers on geotechnical investigations and trenchless technologies, and is on the NSW Committee for the Co-ordination of Government Geological Programs (CCGGP).
Young Professional Member, ATS National Committee & Queensland Group
Geotechnical Engineer, Ph.D. Research Candidate
Jurij is a Ph.D. Research Candidate at the University of Queensland (UQ), Geotechnical Engineering Centre. He is currently in the final stages of his doctorate which focuses on non-invasive techniques in detecting TBM segmental lining integrity.
During his undergraduate degree, he spent three months working for the Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd, Japan, mainly focusing of NATM tunnelling and gained a passion for his chosen area. Since graduating with honours in 2007, Jurij has worked at ELEA iC d.o.o., Slovenia (Partner company of iC Consulting, Austria) in the role of a geotechnical engineer (NATM tunnelling, other underground projects, different geological programs and safety risk analysis studies of Slovenian tunnels), before obtaining a doctorate scholarship at UQ. Jurij has also held the positions of President of PRESS (postgraduate in engineering student society), vice-chair of UQ APS (Association of Postgraduate Students), as well as a postgraduate representative of the School of Civil Engineering at multiple faculty and school level committees.
Manager Learned Society Services
Responsible for a number of Boards and Committees and comes from a management background in administration, regulation and compliance