Richard is Chief Technical Principal at SMEC Australia and is Honorary Professorial Fellow with the University of Wollongong and Conjoint Professor of Practice at the University of Newcastle. Richard is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with 25 years of experience as a geotechnical engineer, academic and structural engineer. Richard has extensive experience in delivering large and complex civil infrastructure projects. Richard is subject matter expert for geotechnical engineering for Inland Rail and has extensive expertise in site characterisation, soft soil engineering, ground improvement, materials use, earthworks and foundation design. Richard has created the National Soft Soil Field Testing Facility in Ballina for the University of Newcastle which aims to improve the construction of infrastructure on soft soils.