Keynote Speakers

Harry Poulos

Harry Poulos a Senior Consultant who has been with Coffey for 30 years, following a full-time academic career at the University of Sydney. He has been involved in a variety of projects in Australia and overseas with a focus on foundation design and rectification for tall buildings.

His main areas of experience relate to deep foundations and their use for supporting buildings, bridges and retaining structures. Harry has been a leading advocate for the use of piled raft foundations, the use of which can lead to significant cost savings, especially for tall buildings. He designed this type of foundation for several high-profile projects around the world, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (currently the world’s tallest building), the Emirates Twin Towers in Dubai, the Incheon 151 tower in South Korea, the KL118 building in Kuala Lumpur, and the Diamond Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Harry has worked on a variety of projects outside of the property industry including the Egnatia Odos Project in Greece, a 720km expressway linking the western and eastern parts of the country, and the Barelang Bridge project in Indonesia – a project involving the construction of six bridges linking a series of islands. He has extensive experience with geotechnical earthquake engineering – having carried out seismic microzonation studies for Newcastle, Adelaide and Delhi. Also undertaking research into the design of piles in seismically active areas, including areas which undergo liquefaction and have co-authored papers on piles in liquefying soils – winning an award from ASCE in 2007, and from the New Zealand Geotechnical Society in 2009. This research has also formed the basis of a method of assessing pile condition in Christchurch after the earthquakes in 2010-2011.

We look forward to welcoming Harry as a Keynote Speaker to the 7th International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference 2021.

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  • Key Dates

  • Abstracts OpenDecember 2019
  • Abstracts CloseOctober 2020
  • Presenters NotifiedDecember 2020
  • Registrations OpenDecember 2020
  • Paper SubmissionJune 2021
  • Early Bird Registration ClosesApril 2021
  • 7iYGEC Sydney10 - 12 September 2021
  • ICSMGE Sydney 202112 - 17 September 2021

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