BG&E Resources (BGER) was proud to be the Platinum Sponsor for the annual Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) WA Chapter Symposium held in Perth recently.
With a theme of ‘Geotechnical Engineering for a Sustainable Future’, the event was attended by more than 120 geotechnical engineering and engineering geology professionals looking to better understand the trends and development shaping the industry and the implications for sustainable infrastructure and how geotechnics can contribute to achieving sustainable goals.
A team of Geotechnical specialists from BGER – Jason Fong, Director of Geotechnical, Hugo Acosta-Martinez, Technical Director, and Jit Lim, Principal Geotechnical Engineer – shared valuable perspectives, recent projects, and our specialist capabilities in ground engineering.
As one of the keynote speakers, Hugo delivered a presentation on the ‘Geotechnical Considerations for Solar Farm Foundation Design’. He highlighted specific issues in the design of solar farm foundations, from site investigation aspects to the effects of extreme weather conditions (wind and flooding) and climate change, as well as dealing with reactive soils, and soil-structure interaction aspects. He shared lessons learnt from the study of challenging projects.
Hugo says, “The net zero economy is booming in Western Australia (WA) and there was a great interest in my presentation and related discussions during the breaks. Lessons learnt in that space are expected to contribute to a proactive and efficient energy transition for projects in the state.
“This symposium was a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with colleagues and clients. Giving back to the industry and inspiring the next generation of geomechanics experts was extremely rewarding. I look forward to contributing to future AGS initiatives.”
Jason took to the stage to showcase BGER’s ground engineering capabilities. He highlighted some of our recent projects including the Geraldton Port Maximisation Project (PmaxP) and Roy Hill’s Stanley Point 3 Port Expansion.
Jit’s presentation focused on a critical review of the compaction of Perth sands which presents significant construction challenges and environmental impacts.
Matt Watts, our Discipline Lead for Geotechnical, helped shape BGER’s involvement in the symposium.
He says, “Over the past two years, the growth of our Ground Engineering team has enabled us to tackle major technical projects and deliver successful outcomes for our clients. We are proud to have played a key role in this Symposium and demonstrate our leadership in geotechnical engineering.”