Our team

Let us introduce ourselves

Dan ForsterDan Forster
General Manager
Principal Dam Safety Engineer

Dan has 20 years' experience working with dams and dam owners in New Zealand, Australia, North America and Sweden. He has expertise in dam safety programmes and management systems, dam safety reviews, surveillance, emergency preparedness and training and has worked on a number of major dam rehabilitations. Dan facilitates dam safety programme maturity evaluations and benchmarking for international dam owners, and is on a dam safety panel for a large Canadian dam owner that is leading the state of practice in many areas. Dan was a contributing author of the 2015 New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines, is Chair of the NZ Society on Large Dams (NZSOLD) and is a technical adviser to Government for the proposed dam safety regulations.

Tim LoganTim Logan
Principal Dam Safety Analyst

Tim has over 35 years' experience with performance assessments and geotechnical investigations for dams and other major engineering projects. At Dam Safety Intelligence, Tim is primarily responsible for conducting dam safety reviews, dam surveillance, training and investigation of anomalies where his background in instrumentation, geophysics and high-resolution temperature sensing provide some unique perspectives and solutions. Tim also has specialist expertise in vibration impact assessment and the evaluation of soil and backfill thermal resistivity for installation of underground HV power cables.

Effjay JavedEffjay Javed
Principal Dam Safety Engineer

Effjay has 22 years’ experience in the dam industry and has worked on all aspects of dams engineering and dam safety. His dam engineering experience includes site selection for new dams, planning of geotechnical investigations, design of embankment and gravity dams, seismic assessment, dam instrumentation, design of dam upgrade works, preparation of tender documents including work specifications. During the 1990s he was responsible for construction quality control on a number of large earth and rockfill dams as well as a concrete gravity dam. In dam safety Effjay has carried out detailed inspection of over 100 embankment and concrete dams in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Mozambique and Pakistan. Effjay uses failure modes and effects analysis to identify critical project uncertainties for geotechnical and dam safety risk assessment. He has expertise in dam safety programmes, dam safety reviews, surveillance, emergency preparedness and training. 

Rebecca PolvereRebecca Polvere
Senior Dam Safety Engineer/ Team Leader

Rebecca has over 17 years of experience in dam safety, dam surveillance and civil engineering. Rebecca is an experienced Senior Dam Safety Engineer, operating at a senior level delivering a range of complex projects. Experience includes undertaking ongoing surveillance monitoring, asset inspection, reporting and project delivery, having worked as a consultant, asset owner and an independent contractor. She worked for a large dam owner in Canada, BC Hydro, as a Senior Dam Safety Engineer where the application of dam safety management and risk management practices were required. She also has experience with regional and local government supporting project delivery and relationship management. 

Grant OBrienGrant O'Brien
Senior Dam Safety Analyst

Before joining DSI, Grant spent five years conducting geological and geophysical assessments of Zealandia and Antarctica utilizing marine, airborne and land-based platforms. He has expertise in developing software for automation, GIS program extensions, 3D geological & numerical modelling and relational databases. During previous research he extensively investigated and characterised the landslide groundwater systems and seismic hazards surrounding Clyde Dam and throughout Cromwell Gorge, advancing the understanding of the mechanisms enabling hydraulic change. Grant also contributes to DSI his experience with installing and maintaining instrumentation, electronics and programming. Grant is heavily involved in dam safety reviews, surveillance and monitoring. 

Simon BarronSimon Barron
Dam Safety Engineer

Simon is a mechanical engineer with over 1 year's experience in Dam Safety including dam safety reviews, surveillance and monitoring. Simon spent 10 years working in the oil & gas industry, specialising in subsea equipment installation and commissioning. His career experience has taken him around the world to Australia, UK, China and South East Asia working on large Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning (EPIC) projects. He has skills in project engineering, project management, implementation and many technical aspects including design of bespoke mechanical systems and procedures for installation of challenging equipment. His varied experience combined with his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Canterbury bring a unique perspective to the team and strengthens DSI’s expertise in mechanical systems that fulfil dam and reservoir safety functions. 

Peter FoxPeter Fox
Dam Safety Engineer/ Team Leader

Peter is a Natural Resources Engineer with over 3 years' experience in Dam Safety. At Dam Safety Intelligence, Peter is responsible for ongoing dam surveillance and Intermediate and Comprehensive Dam Safety Reviews for large dams across New Zealand. Peter has delivered tailored dam safety training for several large dam owners. Prior to joining Dam Safety intelligence Peter gained experience in Geotechnical Drilling and River Engineering. 

Nicky HardyNicky Hardy
Dam Safety Analyst

Nicky has 10 years’ experience as a Geologist working across the mining, construction and quarrying sectors. Her career has seen her work with, and lead, large and small teams across the UK and Europe, Australia and now NZ. Her skills in safety systems, ground investigations, construction monitoring and testing, data analysis and in the design and installation of instrumentation and project management, combined with a passion for asking questions and solving sees Nicky excited to be part of the team as a Dam Safety Analyst. Nicky is involved with dam safety surveillance, inspections and dam safety reviews. 

Harry AtkinsonHarry Atkinson
Dam Safety Analyst

Harry completed a Bachelor of Applied Physics at Victoria University 2017. His role as a Dam Safety Analyst combines his passion for data analytics, problem solving and investigative research. Harry is involved with dam safety reviews, dam monitoring and surveillance. 

Sophie WilkinsonSophie Wilkinson
Dam Safety Analyst

Sophie has completed a Masters in Geology from Victoria University. Her role as a Dam Safety Analyst combines her passion for geology and geotechnics and she is keen to apply her skills to the ongoing monitoring and dam safety assessments of DSI clients’ dams.

Mike TaylerMike Tayler
Dam Safety Analyst

Mike is a geologist (MSc) with eight years' industry experience across the oil & gas, geotechnical, and academic sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Mike’s experience includes characterization of offshore gas prospects/fields and undertaking geotechnical field investigations and evaluations for geohazards and building foundations. He values building strong client relationships and a collaborative approach to dam safety management and is excited to be contributing to the safe operation of dams as part of the DSI team. Mike is involved in dam safety reviews, inspections, and surveillance.

Logan McDonaldLogan McDonald
Graduate Dam Safety Engineer

Logan is a Civil Engineer and brings a broad range of experience to DSI after working as a graduate engineer in land development. His experience includes project and client management, working directly with consultants, councils and contractors. Working as an Engineer’s Representative and site clerk, he has performed inspections and administrated civil contracts. Logan has experience producing civil drawing packages in AutoCAD Civil 3D for three waters, utilities and earthworks designs, and completing price estimates. Logan has completed a Civil & Environmental Engineering Degree at the University of Auckland in 2018 with First Class Honours.

Ella KnoxElla Knox
Business Administrator

Ella joins DSI as a business administrator with over five years' administration experience in the power industry. Ella is excited to combine her passion of sustainable energy and workplace efficiency in her new role at Dam Safety Intelligence. As a new addition to the DSI whānau, Ella is responsible for creating and implementing effective administrative systems, particularly aimed towards increasing efficiency and making day-to-day processes easier for her team.