I'm a Senior Consultant who has been with Coffey for 30 years, following a full-time academic career at the University of Sydney. I have been involved in a variety of projects in Australia and overseas with a focus on foundation design and rectification for tall buildings.
My main areas of experience relate to deep foundations and their use for supporting buildings, bridges and retaining structures. I have 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. I’ve 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. I’ve 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. I have extensive experience with geotechnical earthquake engineering – having carried out seismic microzonation studies for Newcastle, Adelaide and Delhi. I’ve undertaken 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.
I am committed to maintaining Coffey’s reputation as one of the world’s leading geotechnical consultants – a group which uses ingenuity to develop solutions that exceed our client’s expectations. I honestly believe Coffey is the consultant of choice when a client has a challenging project that demands going beyond the state of practice – this makes me proud. This also makes us the company of choice for geotechnical professionals seeking a position within a world-class organization.
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In a recent interview with the Big 5 Hub magazine Coffey's Harry Poulos, expert in geotechnical engineering and foundation design, shares his insights into the challenges engineers face with the structural and geotechnical design of super tall towers.