ISSMGE Vice President for Australasia Gavin Alexander
Gavin has over 30 years’ international experience in geotechnical engineering, with wide ranging involvement across the infrastructure, buildings and industrial sectors in New Zealand, Australia, much of Asia and the UK. He is based in the Auckland, New Zealand, office of Beca Ltd, an Asia Pacific focussed multi-disciplinary consultancy. Gavin is a Senior Technical Director in Beca’s Geotechnical Engineering group, where he has led single and multi-disciplinary teams on many large-scale, high profile and complex projects. He regularly undertakes independent peer reviews for other organisations. Like many NZ trained geotechnical engineers, Gavin’s primary interest lies in earthquake geotechnical engineering. Piled foundations and heavy retaining walls are another area of interest, sparked by his time in the UK in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Gavin was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Auckland in 1986 and an MSc DIC in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology with distinction from Imperial College in 1991. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. Gavin was Chair of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society from 2013 to 2015, and took up the ISSMGE Vice President role on completion of his term as Immediate Past Chair of the NZGS.