GHD has appointed Sam Mirlatifi as technical director of Geotechnics and Tunnelling.

With 20 years of industry experience, Mirlatifi has managed design, and delivery of major projects in Australia including North East Link, WestConnex 1B (M4 East), Rozelle Interchange, Sydney Gateway and various tunnel and Metro stations in Sydney and Melbourne.

He has also been involved in major transport and tunnel projects internationally including near 80 new Metro Stations, TBM, roadheader and cut and cover tunnels.

“Sam’s extensive experience in design and background in construction, together with his design management and leadership skills, equip him to effectively direct teams to successfully deliver large and complex multidisciplinary projects.

"His construction background and practical approach in problem solving gives him an invaluable edge,” says Brendan Henry, GHD’s Tunnel Practice Leader for Australia.

A prominent member of the industry, Sam has been a committee member of the Australian Geomechanics Society over the last decade in various roles such as Chair and NSW Representative on the National Committee.

He is also a member of the Australian Tunnelling Society, and has published a number of industry papers.

“There is no doubt that geotechnical risks are among the main drivers of project overruns and program delays, especially in tunnelling and major transport projects,” says Sam.

“The current unprecedented investment in transport infrastructure provides a paramount opportunity (and responsibility) to geotechnicians and tunnellers to innovate and assist the construction industry in this challenging time.

“I am thrilled to join a global consulting company, which gives me the opportunity to be part of the journey enabling Australia’s safe and sustainable infrastructure future which will change the way we move and live.”