IGS is a specialist in situ testing and sampling contractor, recognised both nationally and internationally as ”one of the best”. We are physically based and staffed in Brisbane and Melbourne. We also operate “virtual bases” in Sydney, Newcastle, Launceston, Townsville and PNG. IGS is 100% Australian owned, run and staffed.
The company started in Brisbane in 2000 under the vision of its founder, Allan McConnell (an experienced geotechnical engineer), to introduce up-to-date in situ testing & direct-push sampling technology to the Australian market, with the clearly-expressed mission of helping clients to “reduce geotechnical uncertainty”.
Including our founder Allan McConnell, who these days is focused on mentoring and training, in a transitioning phase, IGS is managed and run by three very experienced geotechnical engineers and two long-experienced Project Operators. No-one can claim to better understand our clients’ in situ testing and sampling needs and to know how to satisfy these.
In our field of work, IGS can do anything (almost). We have 15 different testing/sampling rigs. We can work almost anywhere, on almost any site: land; swamp; tailings dam; or over-water on ponds, lakes, rivers, estuaries or bays.
Any or all of these rigs can:
Undertake the following in situ tests:
(i) CPT, CPTu & Seismic CPTu; (ii) DMT & Seismic DMT; (iii) P-Wave Profiling by SPDMT; (iv) Tee Bar & Ball-Cone Testing; (v) Direct-Push Vane Shear Testing.
• Take the following types of direct-push samples:
(i) very high quality 63mm and 75mm piston samples (by our PPI devices); (ii) disturbed but un-mixed and uncontaminated samples by Vertek Sampler or Geomil’s Ranger Samplers; (iii) Vibracore Samples; (iv) extremely soft to “liquid" sediment and/or tailings samples by our two Sucker Samplers; (v) large bulk samples of extremely soft sediments or tailings using our BS Sampler.
Our business-model is decentralised to the extent possible; we train and mentor Project Operators and their assistants to operate in the field almost autonomously.
These specialists coordinate with clients and their clients, implement all of our tests and samples, process data in the field, and work with supervisors directly, thus minimising time-wasting to and fro with “the office”.
Training for these roles is a long-term and evolutionary process that includes attendance at relevant national and international conferences.
We are a very mobile organisation:
• In Australia, of course we work in the cities, the mines, the countryside and in-between. As well it is IGS-business-as-usual to work as far afield as Olympic Dam, Mt Isa, Weipa, Darwin, Jabiru, Savage River, Robbins Island, MacArthur River, etc.
• In PNG we have a “movable base” (ie a fitted-out container storing a rig and all equipment) that is typically kept in either Lae or Port Moresby then transported to sites. We work in remote places in the PNG Highlands and around the deltas, and we have worked at Lihir Island. The PNG rig “Little Meri” is helicopter or light plane transportable.
• We have also undertaken projects in The Philippines and in Thailand, using our “airplane-transportable” Mighty Mouse rig.
Follow the link to see where we have worked
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Mark Chapman is an experienced geotechnical engineer with a Master degree in Engineering Science from UNSW. Before IGS, Mark was a Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Wagstaff Piling and spent his life working with geotechnical data, much from IGS.
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Mick began work with IGS 12 years ago, becoming a competent IGS Operator working throughout Australia. He then moved to our lab to set up our cone calibration system. After taking on more duties across all facets of IGS he became IGS’s General Manager. Mick still finds himself on site for inspections and occasionally running our rigs and projects.
Southern Region Coordinator
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Sergey is our Southern Region Coordinator. He has been with us for more than 10 years. Sergey is an experienced IGS Operator and has worked on all of our rigs/equipment/vessels, throughout Australia and in PNG.
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Wyn Binmore is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with over 20 years experience in the industry. He has been an Office Manager and National Operations Team member for one of Australia's largest geotechnical consultancies. Wyn has experience in most fields of geotechnics including, Civil and Defence Infrastructure, Ports and Reclamations, Dams and Tailings, Mine Infrastructure and rock and soil slope stabilisation.
Allan McConnell is a geotechnical engineer, with 50+ years of experience in Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific. He is the founder of IGS. Allan has experience in most aspects of geotechnical engineering. He is known for his past consulting work on major development projects, including many on soft soil sites, and for his “crusade” to reduce risk and uncertainty in geotechnical engineering. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland.
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Sarah is IGS's Office Manager / WHS Advisor. She has been working for IGS since it’s conception in 2000.
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Glen started with IGS over 12 years ago. Glen is one of our most experienced IGS Operators, and has operated all of our rigs/equipment/vessels at some stage. He has worked throughout Australia from Tasmania, to the NT and in PNG, Thailand and Philippines.
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Russell has been with IGS for the best part of 10 years. He is a competent Rig Operator and has experience Australia Wide with all of our rigs/equipment/vessels.
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Dave began employment with IGS in 2014 and has worked with us throughout Australia and in PNG. He has worked on all of our rigs/equipment/vessels and is a competent IGS Operator.
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Mitch first came to work at IGS in 2014. He is a competent IGS Operator, working on many of our rigs and equipment throughout Australia.
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Sean came to work at IGS in 2017 and has fast become a reliable Rig Operator. He has worked throughout Australia on most of our rigs/equipment/vessels.
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Ryan has been with IGS for the best part of 10 years. He is a competent IGS Operator and has experience Australia-wide with all of our rigs/equipment/vessels.
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