Experienced and insightful
geotechnical consultants

About ACT Geotech

Those in the know seek our advice first on complicated geotechnical engineering issues. Our history as a geotechnical and geological consultancy has spanned nearly thirty years. We initially operated in Canberra in 1985 as Peter J Burgess & Associates, before forming ACT Geotechnical Engineers in 1994.

We are a mix of young and experienced engineers and engineering geologists. Our enthusiastic approach, good quality advice and efficient service has earned us a solid reputation within the construction industry.

Our highly capable engineers and geologists have a comprehensive understanding of the industry. 

All of our engineers are members of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Australian Geomechanics Society, and the Australian Geological Society. Most of our engineers also have postgraduate qualifications.


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“ACT Geotech have always provided exceptional geotechnical engineering advice at a competitive price. They are responsive to our needs and have always been able to conduct their investigations and provide reports in a timely manner.”

Paul Farrell

Farrell Management

ACT Geotechnical Engineers have proven to be a very reliable geotechnical consultancy in the region, offering sound advice in an enthusiastic and very responsive manner, which is appreciated and favoured by clients.

Don McInnes

Sellick Consultants

“ACT Geotech were able to use their technical expertise to enable the footing system to be optimised, significantly saving the client both time and money on the project.”

Alan Schmeier


“We have worked with Jeremy and his geotechnical engineers on many projects over the last 10 years and are always pleased with their responsiveness, thoroughness, and ability to find flexible and efficient solutions for our engineering needs.”

David Jackson


Key personnel


Principal & Senior
Geotechnical Engineer

Jeremy is a professional engineer, with over 20 years experience in the geotechnical field, including investigation and design for subdivisions, multi-storey structures, roads, dams, large excavations, and slope instability risk assessments. He is a Fellow (FIEAust) and Engineering Executive (EngExec) of Engineers Australia, as well as being a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in the areas of Civil Engineering, Geotechnics, and Leadership and Management. He is on the National Engineering Register (NER) and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ), and a Victorian Registered Building Practitioner (VBA). He also has a Masters degree in geotechnical engineering.

He supervises:

  • earthworks and substructure construction
  • instrumentation installation
  • monitoring for settlement and groundwater
  • slope stability and analysis
  • soil and groundwater assessments


Senior Geotechnical

Michelle is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer, with five + years’ experience in engineering design and project management, including experience in geotechnical investigations and design in the Canberra and Wollongong region. Michelle has geotechnical experience on Council projects, large-scale subdivisions, commercial/multi-unit buildings, fill platforms/road embankments, and civil infrastructure, as well a vast knowledge of geotechnical computer applications. She has a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering.


Senior Geotechnical

Miles is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer, with over ten years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, including design of foundations, retaining structures, mines, landfills and pavements. Miles has experience working in the mining, waste, residential, commercial and transport sectors, and has undertaken numerous pavement investigation and design projects for local councils and state road authorities in NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and internationally.


Senior Engineer

John is an experienced senior technical officer with over 10 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and laboratory soils testing. He also has over 15 additional years’ experience as a construction manager within the civil engineering industry within the ACT. John has worked on a large range of projects including; residential, transport, water, and multi-storey commercial developments. Core skills include project management, ground investigations and construction inspections.



Kris is a Geotechnical Engineer, with experience in geotechnical investigations and design. Kris has geotechnical experience on site classifications, large-scale subdivisions, commercial/multi-unit buildings, fill platforms/road embankments, and civil infrastructure.

Blanca Ochoa


Blanca is a trained Geological engineer with sound experience in drilling supervision and logging boreholes for geotechnical site investigations. She has worked on major urban development and infrastructures projects in Queensland and Canberra. Blanca has experience in performing site classifications, soil/rock laboratory testing, and in-situ water testing for environmental assessments.