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Meet Sam Glue


Geotechnical Engineer

Job description: 

Geotechnical design of foundations, embankments and retaining walls to resist seismic loads and liquefaction/lateral spreading effects.

Work background: 

Since 2005, I have worked in Greymouth, Western Australia, Christchurch and Wellington on a variety of projects including: 

  • 2005-2007 Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, MWH, Greymouth
  • 2007-2008 Site Geotechnical Engineer, MWH, Western Australia
  • 2008-2013 Geotechnical Engineer, MWH, Christchurch
  • 2013-2014 Geotechnical Engineer, Tonkin and Taylor/Memorial Park Alliance, Wellington.
Favourite part of job: 

Working on major projects and being a part of something that will be used by society for generations.

Least favourite part of job: 

Unfortunately soil is highly variable and occasionally your assumptions can be wrong in design, leading to some stressful changes in the field.


BE (Civil) Hons Canterbury University

Interests outside work: 

Snowboarding, mountain biking, boating.

Watch the video where Sam talks about his work (14Mb mp4 file).

Sam Glue is a geotechnical engineer.