James is a team leader in Tonkin + Taylor’s Resilience sub-discipline and a Geotechnical Hazards Specialist. He has been working with Tonkin + Taylor (T+T) since 2009, when he started as an intern in the T+T scholarship programme.
Prior to joining the Resilience sub-discipline, James worked across the Geotechnical, Water Resources and Civil groups, allowing him to develop a diverse range of skills. These include a broad understanding of the techniques used to model various natural hazards and a strong grounding in infrastructure and construction techniques.
His key capabilities include project management and delivery, liquefaction hazard assessment and ground improvement methods, spatial analysis of large data sets with GIS tools, technical communications and reporting.
Since November 2013, James has been a key member of T+T’s geotechnical response to the land damage caused by the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (CES). Since July 2016, James has been the project manager for a collaborative project with Aon New Zealand, undertaking natural hazards loss estimations for more than 20 infrastructure owners both internationally and throughout New Zealand.
Russell, J., van Ballegooy, S., Bastin, S., Cubrinovski, M., Ogden, M. “Influence of Geometric, Geologic, Geomorphic and Subsurface Ground Conditions on the Accuracy of Empirical Models for Prediction of Lateral Spreading.” Proceedings of PBD - III, Vancouver, Canada.
Russell, J., van Ballegooy, S., Torvelainen, E., & Gulley, R. (2015). “Consideration of Ground Variability Over an Area of Geological Similarity as Part of Liquefaction Assessment for Foundation Design.” Proceedings of the 6ICEGE. Christchurch, New Zealand.
Russell, J., van Ballegooy, S., Rogers, N., Lacrosse, V., & Jacka, M. (2015). “The effect of subsidence on liquefaction vulnerability following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence.” Proceedings of the 12th ANZ Conference on Geomechanics. Wellington, New Zealand: NZGS & AGS.
Scott, J., van Ballegooy, S., Stannard, M., Lacrosse, V & Russell, J., (2015). The Benefits and Opportunities of a Shared Geotechnical Database. Proceedings of the 6ICEGE. Christchurch, New Zealand.
Rathje, E., Secara, S., Martin, J., van Ballegooy, S., & Russell, J., (2016). “Liquefaction-Induced Horizontal Displacements from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence in New Zealand Measured from Remote Sensing Techniques.” EERI (in review).
van Ballegooy, S., Russell, J. (2015). Canterbury Earthquake Sequence: Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability Assessment Methodology. T+T Report prepared for the Earthquake Commission.
Scott, J., van Ballegooy, S., Lacrosse, V., Stannard, M., & Russell, J., (2015). “The Opportunities Associated with the Creation of a National Geotechnical Database.” NZ Geomechanics News Issue 90.