The NZGS National Management Committee are seeking expressions of interest from all appropriately qualified and experienced members for nomination to a panel of experts for the development of a new technical guideline on the design and construction of ground anchors.

During 2017 a survey of the NZGS membership identified a strong level of support for the development of such technical guideline. The final scope of this document is to be determined by the panel, but at this stage it is expected to include the following:

  • design guidance for assessing the geotechnical resistance of ground anchors under various design load cases,
  • recommendations for good practice in detailing and testing anchors, and,
  • specification clauses for construction.

All expression of interest submissions for this panel of experts must be received by the NZGS Secretary, Teresa Roetman, via email before 5:00pm on Friday 22 February 2019. The relevant email address for Teresa is

As a minimum, all expressions of interest should include a brief covering letter and a comprehensive curriculum vitae that summarises the key attributes, experience and expertise which the applicant believes they possess which is relevant to this project.

Following the submission deadline, the NZGS Management Committee will review and assess all Expressions of Interest which were received before the specified deadline and invite between 6 and 12 applicants to join the Panel of Experts. A representative from the NZGS Management Committee will then work with the Panel of Experts to confirm the Panel Chair and Lead Editor, and, develop a preliminary project program.

The selection and appointment of all individuals, and the final number of panel members, is at the sole discretion of the NZGS Management Committee. If deemed appropriate, additional requests for Expressions of Interest submissions may be issued by the NZGS Management Committee after the deadline which is stipulated above.

All members of this Panel of Experts will be classed as Volunteers and shall agree to donate their time and intellectual input to this project at no cost or restriction to NZGS or the end users of the subject document. All air travel, vehicle mileage, taxi and parking costs that are associated with a Panel Members participation in this project, and which is approved prior by the Panel Chair, will be reimbursed by the New Zealand Geotechnical Society.

Any potential applicant should not hesitate to contact the NZGS Chair (Tony Fairclough, email: ), the NZGS Project Manager (Kevin Anderson, email: and/or the NZGS Secretary (Teresa Roetman, email:  should they have any further questions regarding this opportunity prior to the submission deadline.

Kevin and I look forward to hearing from many of you in the near future!

Yours Sincerely,

Tony Fairclough
NZGS Chair 2017 – 2019

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