Yuanzhi is a Geotechnical Engineer at EGL having completed her PhD in geotechnical earthquake engineering at the University of Auckland. Her doctoral research was on the holistic low-damage seismic design philosophy, with consideration of soil-foundation-structure interaction and the characteristics of ground motions. Yuanzhi has specific expertise in time history selection, finite element methods and geotechnical laboratory testing from her research, and after joining EGL has specialized in dam and seismic assessments. Her projects include design, monitoring, surveillance and comprehensive safety reviews of tailings and water storage dams in New Zealand, including projects in the Blenheim and Seddon areas. Yuanzhi’s experience includes dam breach, co-seismic embankment deformation, liquefaction, cyclic softening, and soil creep settlement assessments.