Dr Burt Look has 33 years professional Engineering experience with his early years in structural designs and civil works. He has over 30 years specialisation in geotechnics, and Queensland based for the past 27 years. He is widely recognised in the areas of earthworks, expansive clays, landslides, ground improvement, buried pipes, risk assessment and site characterisation, and has been called upon as an expert witness in some of these areas. He has introduced many innovations in testing and design in some of these areas which have been widely adopted in various specifications and procedures within Queensland and Australia wide.
Burt has published 3 geotechnical engineering books and over 65 technical publications within Australia and internationally, and has been a regular invited speaker for IEust, and Industry lectures. He is the past Chairman of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society and a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers. He was previously the Practice Leader in SKM, and the Knowledge and Service Line Geotechnical Group leader at Aurecon. He is the 2014 Queensland Professional Engineer of the year. Burt is a strong advocate in learning and development and sharing of experiences. He has developed and presents “Earthworks” a 2-day course (2006 to 2014 and ongoing) for Engineering Education Australia (EEA), and over 1,000 professionals have attended to date. He has also developed and presents an associated 1-day course on “Earth Structures”.