Our team

Let us introduce ourselves

Rebecca KnottRebecca Knott
General Manager
Principal Dam Safety Engineer

Rebecca is a civil engineer with a Masters from the London School of Economics. She has been part of the dam industry for over 20 years since starting with the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ). She is the immediate past Chair of the New Zealand Society on Large Dams and, in doing so, was the first female on the committee and the first female Chair. She is the founding General Manager of Dam Safety Intelligence, a member of the Chartered Professional Engineers Council, and is part of the Government Technical Working Group for Dam Safety. During her time in the dam industry, she has been involved with dam safety reviews, dam surveillance, remediation projects and dam safety training just to name a few.

Tim LoganTim Logan
Principal Dam Safety Analyst

Tim has over 35 years' experience with performance assessments and geotechnical investigations for dams and other major engineering projects. At Dam Safety Intelligence, Tim is primarily responsible for conducting dam safety reviews, dam surveillance, training and investigation of anomalies where his background in instrumentation, geophysics and high-resolution temperature sensing provide some unique perspectives and solutions. Tim also has specialist expertise in vibration impact assessment and the evaluation of soil and backfill thermal resistivity for installation of underground HV power cables.

Dan ForsterDan Forster
Business Development Manager
Principal Dam Safety Engineer
 

Dan has 18 years' experience working with dams and dam owners in New Zealand, Australia and North America. He has expertise in dam safety programmes and management systems, dam safety reviews, surveillance, emergency preparedness and training and has worked on a number of major dam rehabilitations. Dan was a contributing author of the 2015 New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines and is Vice-Chair of the NZ Society on Large Dams (NZSOLD).

Alastair WalkerAlastair Walker
Principal Dam Safety Engineer

Alastair is a UK Chartered Civil Engineer. He moved to New Zealand in 2014 after over 25 years working in the UK and Australian water industries. Alastair has worked for two global consultancies providing dam safety, as well as municipal water engineering advice. He was a Supervising Engineer appointed under the UK Reservoirs Act between 2003 and 2013. He has delivered several dam upgrade design works in the interest of safety including two spillways, crest raising, leakage and mineral investigations, as well as wave wall designs. He supervised construction of several of these projects, as well as providing site support for Kingairloch hydro scheme in 2003. This was the first Scottish and Southern Energy hydro scheme to be constructed since 1963. He has also worked at NZ dam owner Mercury in the civil and dam safety team.

Sophie WilkinsonSophie Wilkinson
Dam Safety Analyst

Sophie joins DSI with a Masters in Geology from Victoria University. Her role as a Dam Safety Analyst combines her passion for geology and geotechnics and she is keen to apply her skills to the ongoing monitoring and dam safety assessments of DSI clients’ dams.

Peter FoxPeter Fox
Dam Safety Engineer

Peter joined Dam Safety Intelligence at the start of 2018 after completing his Bachelor of Natural Resources Engineering. Throughout his study Peter gained experience in geotechnical and three waters engineering during his time with a drilling company. Peter was also an intern at a local regional council where he spent his time with the flood protection team working on various projects related to hydrology and river engineering. Peter is heavily involved with dam safety reviews, dam monitoring and surveillance and dam safety training. 

Harry AtkinsonHarry Atkinson
Dam Safety Analyst

Harry completed his Bachelor of Applied Physics at Victoria University 2017 and joined Dam Safety Intelligence in Jan 2019. His role as a Dam Safety Analyst combines his passion for data analytics, problem solving and investigative research. Harry is involved with dam safety reviews, dam monitoring and surveillance. 

Grant OBrienGrant O'Brien
Dam Safety Analyst

Grant joins DSI after spending the last five years conducting geological and geophysical assessments of Zealandia and Antarctica utilizing marine, airborne and land-based platforms. He has expertise in developing software for automation, GIS program extensions, 3D geological & numerical modelling and relational databases. During previous research he extensively investigated and characterised the landslide groundwater systems and seismic hazards surrounding Clyde Dam and throughout Cromwell Gorge, advancing the understanding of the mechanisms enabling hydraulic change. Grant also contributes to DSI his experience with installing and maintaining instrumentation, electronics and programming. Grant is heavily involved in dam safety reviews, surveillance and monitoring. 

Hanna AungHanna Aung
Graduate Dam Safety Analyst

Hanna completed her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Earth Science and Statistics, at the University of Auckland in 2018. She has since spent time at GNS Science doing live geohazards monitoring, and building her understanding of New Zealand’s geological nature. Hanna looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge to dam safety surveillance and assessments.