Michael is a Principal of Douglas Partners with 35+ years practice in geotechnical consulting and foundation construction. He commenced with DP in 1994 and graduated in 1978 from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in a combined Engineering Geology / Geotechnical Engineering Honours degree course (BSc).
Michael has been based in the Melbourne office since commencing with Douglas Partners and was a former Branch Manager. He is currently an integral part of the consulting team with responsibility for project delivery across a range of sectors including property & building, transport & infrastructure, healthcare, energy & water. Michael has worked in all States of Australia and overseas in Papua New Guinea, the UAE, Sri Lanka, England and France in earlier years.
Michael’s areas of expertise include geotechnical site characterisation, foundation design, ground retention systems, soil nail design, ground improvement techniques, and general earthworks design. He maintains a hands-on role in delivering design reports and consulting advice for clients in the private and public sectors, notably on projects involving national & state level highways, low-rise to high-rise buildings, basements, underground works, mining infrastructure, slope stabilisation and embankment construction. These projects have been undertaken under various procurement models, viz: Alliances, Design & Construct, Public-Private-Partnerships and build only.
Specific project experience includes roadways for CityLink, Monash Upgrade, CityLink Tullamarine Widening, Western Highway, and the Southern Expressway Duplication (Adelaide). Building and basement excavation projects include the New Royal Children’s Hospital (Parkville), numerous multistorey buildings in Melbourne Docklands and the CBDs of Melbourne and Perth, and the 69 level tower at 568 Collins Street, Melbourne. Below ground works include the two deep shafts as part of Melbourne Metro Early Works in the CBD, the Adelaide Desalination on-shore plant, shaft and marine tunnels, Wonthaggi Desalination Plant, and sewer tunnels for various Water Authorities.