The 1st Wellington YGP symposium concluded successfully on 6 August 2019 and received lots of positive feedback. In total, 18 people from 11 different consultancies attended the symposium. The event was sponsored by Geotechnics, Engineering NZ and NZGS. 10 presentations on various geotechnical topics were well delivered.
Laurie Wesley (Retired Professor/Geotechnical Engineer), Beverley Curley (GHD) and Alan Wightman (ENGEO) attended the symposium as senior mentors and they offered valuable feedback to all the young attendees and shared their tips, tricks and aspirations.
Three prizes were awarded at the 1st Wellington YGP symposium. The best presentation of the day, chosen by the senior mentors and voted by all the attendees, was awarded to Christoph Kraus (BECA) for his presentation on “Designing a breakwater in Apia”. Christoph has been awarded the opportunity to present his paper at the 21st NZGS National Symposium in Dunedin in 2020. NZGS has offered him a scholarship of $1650 toward his symposium registration and associated costs.
In addition, two People’s Choice prizes were awarded to Jack Farrow (CGW consultant. Presentation on “Innovative anvil attachment for scala”) and David Molnar (Aurecon. Presentation on “Wellington Metro – Johnsonville Line: an example of digital and innovative techniques used in the rail space”).
Wellington YGP symposium organizing committee:
Aimee Rhodes (WSP OPUS),
Safia Moniz (Holmes),
Jerry Spinks (Jacobs) and
Shirley Wang (Tonkin & Taylor)