Richard has 40 years of experience, almost entirely related to dams and dam structures.
He has been involved in all aspects of dams engineering including:
- project identification and planning
- site investigations and detailed design
- on-site supervision and project management
- dam safety surveillance and emergency planning
- reconstruction and rehabilitation
These have included arch, gravity and embankment dams up to 165m high in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
He has been involved as project manager and/or technical director on the design and construction of over 35 new dam or upgrade projects and recently has been the Program Design Manager for the Bulk Water Alliance delivering the 87m high Cotter RCC Dam and Googong Dam Spillway upgrade.
Given his extensive dams experience, he has been able to provide specialist input into numerous individual dam risk assessments, dam safety reviews, dam safety system audits and recently, the review of the National Capital Authority Dam Safety Management Plan.
Richard has in his career undertaken numerous surveillance inspections of dams, including, most recently, the surveillance inspection, for Corin, Bendora, Lower Molonglo, Googong and Cotter Dams (for Icon Water), and Geehi, Island Bend, Tantangara and Eucumbene Dams for Snowy Hydro Ltd.
Richard has worked closely with the NSW Dams Safety Committee on numerous dam projects and has previously participated in their strategy planning, providing a consulting engineering perspective. More recently he has provided sub consultant services for the review of the Dams Safety Act 1978 and the Dams Safety Committee (NSW).
While working in Africa he took on the emergency management and repair of a 15m high earth dam that had suffered a full height slip failure with a full reservoir. He also undertook that forensic investigation of a dam that had failed through internal erosion (piping) along the spillway conduit.
He is currently project director for the dam safety review of two major dams for Snowy Hydro Ltd and for the diversion works design for a 53m high CFR dam in New Zealand.