About GTI Perth

GTI Perth is a team of highly qualified professionals with a wide range of experience in local and international arenas.
GTI Perth’s strength is their knowledge of local geology, soil conditions and engineering paramatisation.

About GTI Perth

GTI Perth’s strength is their knowledge of local geology, soil conditions and engineering paramatisation through years of practice in WA.
Our Directors have strong academic backgrounds, Ph.D. and MEng in Geomechanics and Civil Engineering.

Hackmet Joer, Director and founder of GTI Perth has a strong academic background and a PhD in civil engineering. Hackmet Joer obtained his PhD at Grenoble University in France in 1991 and joined the University
of Western Australia in May that year, where he spent over 10 years in research and teaching soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Hackmet joined the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS)
as part of the original team, where he took the role of Industry Project Manager, responsible for soil testing and interpretation for all major oil and gas companies and consultants. His major achievement during his time in COFS was winning a contract with ONGC to develop a large model of spudcan testing at their research lab in IEOT, India.
Hackmet joined Advanced Geomechanics (now Fugro) as Principal Engineer in late 2001 and has been involved in most of the site investigations either as client representative or management of site investigation, dealing directly with clients, from the early stage of the project by setting up the scope of work for the investigation to producing comprehensive soil testing and interpretation reports used for the design of offshore foundation. Hackmet became Director of AG in July 2007 and was responsible for site investigations and soil characterisation. He was also responsible for AG soil laboratory and storage facility, which he developed in April 2010. As part of the sale of AG to Fugro in November 2013, Hackmet stayed with Fugro as Technical Manager until December 2015. In January 2017, Hackmet decided to start a new company, offering Geotechnical Testing and Interpretation services (GTI Perth).

Hackmet has authored numerous journal and conference papers and a chapter in Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering.
Hackmet is also member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and registered in the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER). He is also a member of the ISO Marine Soil Investigation Task Group and member of TC105 Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro.

Binaya Bhattarai, Technical Manager, graduated from Calcutta University in 1979 in Civil Engineering and worked in the Department of Roads, Nepal for 7 years. His work during this period involved mostly in site investigation, design and construction of bridges. Between 1986 and 1988 he studied at AIT (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) for his degree in MEng. (Geotechnical) under DANIDA scholarship. In January 1989, he joined the University of Western Australia (UWA) as Research Engineer. In 1990, Binaya was appointed as Laboratory Engineer.
His duties included teaching undergraduate students soil testing in general and assisting post graduate students and academic staff in their experimental research work.

In 1997 Binaya moved to the newly founded Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) as Senior Engineer / Laboratory Manager. Binaya was actively involved in developing new equipment and control software for various types of soil testing equipment. Binaya was responsible for soil testing for almost all the major oil and gas projects in the North-West Shelf, Australia. His work included performing / supervising testing, processing and reporting test results and
client liaison.

Binaya joined Advanced Geomechanics (AG), now Fugro as Principal Laboratory Supervisor in July 2012. He was in charge of setting up the laboratory and carrying out testing for several offshore projects. His main responsibility involved quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) and technical reporting. Binaya left Fugro in December 2016 and joined GTI Perth in June 2017. Binaya has been since actively involved in the development of GTI Perth facilities. He is also involved in various aspects of project management including project planning, client liaison, progress monitoring and reporting of results. 

Binaya is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Francis Lee, joined Mott MacDonald Consultant, Hong Kong, in 1991 as Senior Laboratory Technical Officer. He worked on the North Lantau Development project, Hong Kong New Airport Core Project.
Francis migrated to Australia in 1996 and joined Western Geotechnics (now SGS) where he spent over 13 years as Laboratory Testing Supervisor and was made Technical Manager in 2008. During his time in SGS, Francis was responsible for soil strength testing, he was also involved in the NATA accreditation and information and management systems of SGS laboratories. Francis joined Advanced Geomechanics (now Fugro) in 2010 as Laboratory Supervisor and was involved in
setting up the soil laboratory and storage facility. In November 2013, Francis was made Laboratory Manager and left Fugro in May 2017 to join GTI Perth as Director.

Francis is also a technical assessor for NATA in construction material testing section.


GTI Perth is certified by Quality Control Services (Environmental) Pty Ltd (QCSE) and operates under a quality management system which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 for the scope of provision of geotechnical testing, data interpretation and analysis. 

GTI Perth is also certified by National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) to operate in accordance with
ISO/IEC 17025 and is accredited for the tests shown on the Scope of Accreditation issued by NATA, which can be found at www.nata.com.au.