Geotechnical engineer receives global recognition

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13 June 2014

Ivan (Chunshun) Zhang, one of GHD’s geotechnical engineers, has received international acclaim for his technical contributions from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK.

Based in Sydney, Ivan is the recipient of the George Stephenson Medal, awarded for the best paper published by Géotechnique journal last year and the second best paper across all ICE journals.

The paper establishes a new formula for predicting the end bearing capacity of piles penetrating into sands, based on a recently proposed breakage mechanics theory. “The new formula has great potential to provide more accurate and efficient pile design analysis,” Ivan explains.

Kim Chan, GHD’s Service Line Leader – Geotechnical Engineering, comments, “This is a remarkable achievement for one of our young engineers to be recognised internationally. We continuously enhance our technical and innovative capabilities to deliver safe, reliable and cost-effective outcomes for clients and the community.”

Since joining GHD in 2011, one of Ivan’s project highlights has been modelling the impact of longwall mining on infrastructure, including a railway embankment, tunnel and culvert via advanced 3-D finite element analysis. “I have recently carried out another exciting analysis, collaborating with mechanical and dams engineers to improve the structural design of a gate operating system in a dam,” Ivan says.

The award will be presented at a function in the UK in October.


Ivan Zhang

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