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Rebecca KnottRebecca Knott
General Manager
Principal Dam Safety Engineer

Rebecca has been part of the dam industry for over 20 years since starting with the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ). After being on the committee for 6 years, Rebecca has recently become the Chair of the New Zealand Society on Large Dams (NZSOLD) and in doing so, is the first female Chair. Rebecca is also part of the Technical Working Group for the New Zealand Government’s proposed National Environmental Standard 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
Principal Dam Safety Engineer

Dan has over 15 years' experience in the dam industry including 8 years working for large owners. He has expertise in dam safety programmes and management systems, dam safety reviews, surveillance, emergency preparedness and training. Dan has worked on a number of major dam rehabilitations in New Zealand and Australia. Dan was a contributing author of the 2015 New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines and is chair of the NZSOLD Young Dam Professionals Group.

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.

Franceska StranoFranceska Strano
Senior Dam Safety Engineer

Franceska has over 7 years of experience in dam safety, construction and asset management across Australia and New Zealand, starting with Snowy Hydro Ltd in Australia before moving to New Zealand and working for a large multinational consultancy. Franceska has delivered numerous projects and initiatives related to heavy infrastructure (dams, tunnels and bridges) asset management, design and construction. Franceska has led the resolution of dam safety issues, coordinated FMEA workshops, dam feasibility investigations, prepared life cycle management plans and been a construction engineer on a major dam safety improvement project.

Tom RowsellTom Rowsell
Senior Dam Safety Engineer

Tom has been involved in the engineering industry for over 8 years, including six years for Australian (Snowy Hydro) and New Zealand (Mercury) large dam owners and two years working for a local heavy industry asset owner. Tom’s experience includes developing asset management plans for heavy infrastructure, carrying out inspections of dams and associated structures, training and development of field staff, maintenance plan development and execution, defect resolution (including physical works with contractors and internal staff) and disaster response/recovery.

Erin PoirotErin Poirot
Dam Safety Analyst/Geologist

Erin moved to New Zealand from Australia in 2015 where she was the Geology Team Leader at SunWater, primarily working on geotechnical foundation studies for either proposed or existing dams. Erin has over 7 years experience in the dam industry. Prior to the move to dams, Erin spent time in the mining industry. Bringing her specialist background to Dam Safety Intelligence, Erin is involved in most of Dam Safety Intelligence’s service offerings, primarily dam safety monitoring, analysis and resolution of anomalies . 

Sophie WilkinsonSophie Wilkinson
Graduate 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
Graduate 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 geological investigations and stormwater and wastewater engineering during his time with a drilling company. Peter was also an intern at a local regional council/authority 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 and dam surveillance.