NZSOLD ANCOLD 2019 | Combined Conference

Resilient Dams & Levees for
Resilient Communities

9 – 12 October 2019, Pullman Hotel Auckland
Workshop, Conference, Post Conference Tour
Workshop Speaker

Richard R. Davidson

Senior Principal and Vice President AECOM

Mr Davidson has led design teams for nearly forty years in building some of the most complex and challenging earth structures in the world. Examples include over 200 m high water retention and tailings dams, multi km deep mine open pits, cutoff walls in extreme conditions, some of the tallest buildings in the world on difficult foundations and stabilizing massive landslides impacting infrastructure. He now serves on many corporate review boards for mining and water companies.

Most interesting/innovative/unique project(s): Tablachaca Landslide Stabilization (Peru) – spent nine months in the remote Andes installing stabilization measures for a landslide that threatened a hydropower station that provided 60% of the power to Lima; Island Copper Southwall Pushback Cutoff Wall (Canada) – designed and built first plastic concrete cutoff wall in the Americas to protect a deep open pit from the ocean; New Waddell Dam (Arizona) – design and construction support for 120 m high earth-rockfill dam on volcanic tuff foundation which dissolved in water; Engineer of Record for RTKC Kennecott North Tailings Impoundment (Utah) utilizing compacted cycloned underflow centerline embankment on soft clay foundation in active seismic area.

Mr. Davidson has a BSE Civil Engineering from Duke University, MS Geotechnical Stanford University, and Engineer Degree Geotechnical Stanford University.