Congratulations to Philippa Mills, Graduate Engineering Geologist in Auckland, NZ, who was awarded Best Talk out of the NZ candidates at the 11th ANZ Young Geotechnical Professionals Conference (YGPC), held recently in Queenstown, NZ. PipMillsAward withcaption

Pip presented on static failure mechanisms in sensitive volcanic materials in the Tauranga Region, New Zealand. Sensitive volcanic materials are prone to landsliding in the Tauranga Region. The research concentrated on fundamental failure processes occurring during static triaxial compression. The results can be used to create accurate slope stability models of these soils.

The YGPC is a biannual 3-day event facilitated by a joint initiative of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS).

The aim of the conference is to provide young professionals experience in technical paper preparation and conference presentation.

Philippa also won an invitation to represent Coffey at the 6th International Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Conference in South Korea next year. We’ll keep you posted.


Study site: Bramley Drive, Omokoroa, Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand

Pip and the group out on the study site