About This Individual
Richard is an Engineering Loss Adjuster with Charles Taylor Adjusting. He trained in South Africa where he completed a Bachelor in Civil Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986. Thereafter he enrolled full-time in a two-year Masters Degree programme in Geotechnical Engineering at the same University. Since completing his Masters Degree, Richard has gained over twenty years of consulting engineering experience in a variety of industries such as the oil and gas, rail, mining and commercial infrastructure industries.
Richard migrated to Perth in 1993 where he commenced his Australian career as a Geotechnical Engineer. For the following ten years he was responsible for carrying out mainly geotechnical related work on commercial and residential developments and for tailings storage facilities in the mining industry. He worked closely with structural engineers in order to resolve soil structure interaction problems like those arising from the structural failure of corrugated steel tunnel liners. His work also involved much site work in order to determine that construction proceeded as per the design. His work took him to many countries including Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia and Egypt.
In 2002 Richard joined Arup in Perth where he remained for the following six years. Arup is a renowned multinational engineering consultancy specialising in the design of iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House. He commenced his employment as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer where he worked on diverse projects ranging from the design of deep basements for buildings in the Perth CBD that required complex structural analysis of basement diaphragm walls to the design of foundations for the world-renowned Sir Anthony Gormley sculptures located on Lake Ballard in outback Western Australia. Richard spent much time on site managing drilling programmes or overseeing foundation construction work carried by contractors. Towards the end of his time at Arup, Richard was appointed as the manager of the geotechnical group in Perth.
In 2008 Richard joined the Gorgon Upstream Joint Venture – an EPCM contractor specifically created to deliver the upstream components of the Gorgon Project (an AUD50 billion dollar gas project). He worked as an independent contractor responsible for the tendering and management of large multi-million dollar offshore geotechnical and environmental surveys.
Richard was appointed to the position of Principal Geotechnical with Golder Associates in late 2010. During the latter half of 2013 he was responsible for the site management of a construction site in Queensland that involved the construction of a large water storage dam for Queensland Gas Corporation (QGC). This work involved many facets of contract, contractor and staff management.
Richard joined Charles Taylor Adjusting in mid-2014. This appointment adds considerable engineering industry experience to the adjustment of engineering claims at Charles Taylor Adjusting, particularly in the oil and gas and infrastructure industries. Richard’s prior experience enables claims to be resolved efficiently and expeditiously and he will primarily focus on Construction and Operational claims emanating out of the Mining, Infrastructure and Energy sectors. Richard is furthering his knowledge and experience of the adjustment industry by studying towards his Diploma in Loss Adjustment.