Our team

Let us introduce ourselves

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.

Andrew BalmeAndrew Balme
Senior Dam Safety Engineer

Andrew has been involved with dams for over 8 years, stepping into the dam safety industry straight after completing his engineering studies at the University of Canterbury, during which he spent time working for a large hydro power generator. Andrew is primarily responsible for dam safety reviews and ongoing performance assessments, as well as providing experience in dam break hazard assessments, dam safety management and emergency preparedness, and is a regular presenter at our dam safety training courses.

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 . 

Julius TesoroJulius Tesoro
Dam Safety Analyst/Engineering Geologist

Julius joined Dam Safety Intelligence 2017 with almost a decade of geotechnical and dam experience in the Philippines and New Zealand, most recently with Solid Energy looking after their dams and slopes. Julius’s background in dam feasibility investigations, monitoring and installation and analysis of geotechnical instrumentation is a great fit for Dam Safety Intelligence.

Peter FoxPeter Fox
Graduate Dam Safety Engineer

Peter joined Dam Safety Intelligence in 2018 after completing his Bachelor in Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury. During his studies Peter spent time working with Greater Wellington Regional Council in the Flood Protection team as well as several years with a drilling contractor where he worked on geotechnical investigations and drainage systems. 

Franceska StranoFranceska Strano
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.