The award was for his paper tilted Construction of a high capacity post tensioned permanent carbon fibre ground anchor, one which highlighted the research and work completed to date on the carbon fibre anchor. This innovative technology is a world first, with many advantages over a conventional steel anchor. Matt’s presentation included photos and methodologies used installing a test anchor at Yass Dam.
The award was presented by Richard Rodd (Principal at Richard Rodd & Associates), who said the research Matt and Geotech are doing will revolutionise the anchoring industry, and how great it is that a contracting company is investing in such development and innovation.
About the ANCOLD Conference
The annual conference is held in various locations around Australia and New Zealand and provides a chance for all workers in the dam and water industry to get together to review and assess new design techniques, guidelines and changes in standards. The 2-day conference has various speakers presenting papers on various technical construction and design issues currently facing the industry.
The theme of ANCOLD 2016 was DAMS – A Lasting Legacy, with the conference focusing on the enduring value of dams to the broader community: "Remaining relevant requires ongoing change. The conference explores how our industry is responding to the demands of today; by reducing risk, improving operator occupational health and safety, minimising life cycle costs and providing secure and cost effective tailings storage."
A conference tour included visits to Kanmantoo Mine, Mount Bold Dam, South Para Dam and Kangaroo Creek Dam.