YGP Wellington Symposium
In October we hosted the Wellington YGP Symposium. The symposium included a total of 14 young geotechnical professional delegates from across the industry, including geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and contracting. Presentations included design and construction case studies, thesis and research topics, and early career lessons. Congratulations to all presenters for doing a wonderful job presenting. First and second-place prize winners were Georgia Crisp (ENGEO) and Ella McArthur (Beca), and the people’s choice award went to Mitva Patel (Brian Perry Civil). Thanks to our two mentors Adam Smith (ENGEO) and Brabha Pathmanathan (WSP), our sponsor presenters David Hepburn (Redi-Rock) and John King (Geotechnics), and Isabella Barbalich (Holmes) and Josh Lee (WSP) for organising the symposium.
ABOVE Wellington YGP Symposium. From left to right, the prize winners are Mitva Patel (people’s choice award), Georgia Crisp (1st place presentation) and Ella Mcarthur (runner up).
YGP South Island Symposium, Christchurch
The 2022 NZGS Young Geotechnical Professionals South Island Symposium had a great turn out from a number of geotechnical engineers and engineering geologist from a variety of consultancies. The technical complexity of the presentations and quality of the presenters continues to improve year on year. This year’s winner of the Judges Award was Denvour Ritchie with his presentation of the site based activities at Manawatu Gorge, and the People’s Choice was awarded to Tobias Blaser for his detailed presentation on the influence of pumice on liquefaction using shake table experiments. Our mentors for the day were Dominic Mahoney and Anna Sleight, who provided plentiful feedback to presenters and shared their career experience and lessons they have learnt along the way. The day was made possible by NZGS, and our sponsors Geotechnics and Seequent.