Dr Burt Look has 39 years’ professional engineering experience with his early years in structural designs and civil works. He has over 36 years specialisation in geotechnics, and Queensland based for the past 33 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 is a strong advocate in learning and development and sharing of experiences. He has published 3 geotechnical engineering books and over 90 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. He was previously the global Practice Leader in SKM, and Geotechnical Group leader at Aurecon. He is the 2014 Queensland Professional Engineer of the year and the AGS Practitioner 2018 – a biennial award. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2020.