David Puller has over 30 years experience in geotechnical contracting and consultancy working on major projects in the UK and internationally. Having graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Imperial College London, he joined Bauer's design department in Germany and thereafter gained valuable operational experience on bored and driven cast in situ piling projects in the United Arab Emirates. After gaining a masters degree in soil mechanics from Imperial, he re-joined Bauer for further site experience in diaphragm walling and bored piling in Spain and the UK. Moving over to consultancy, he joined Arup in their London office before transferring to Germany with Arup, leading a geotechnical team working on re-unification projects, mostly in Leipzig and Berlin including the design of deep excavations required for olympic sized velodrome and swimming venues. He returned to contracting by joining Paul Y in Hong Kong as general manager of the foundations company, engaged in major contracts for high rise buildings and major infrastructure projects including piling and diaphragm walling for the Cheung Kong Centre and The Center.
David left Hong Kong to join Atkins in the UK, working as geotechnical team leader on highway schemes A2M2 Cobham to Junction 4 widening and A120 Stansted to Braintree, responsible for deep foundation and strengthened earthworks design for numerous structures. Other project highlights included the supervision of the installation and testing of permanent rock anchors forming part of the Daegu World Cup 2002 stadium in South Korea. During this period he also acted as Expert Witness on a major arbitration involving deep pre-bored driven piles in cavitous marble in Ma On Shan Hong Kong.
Returning to contracting with Bachy Soletanche Limited, he worked as Chief Engineer responsible for all engineering design undertaken for tenders and contracts in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia as well as research and development. This included major projects such as diaphragm wall cut and cover tunnel approaches to the New Tyne Tunnel, piled foundations to over 20 nos. structures for the East London Line project, diaphragm wall shafts up to 100 m deep for the Lee Tunnel Project and 2.7 km of diaphragm walls for a new three berth container port at London Gateway. Other projects included cellular diaphragm walls at the Isle of Grain Power Station. Further operational and managerial experience was gained as project manager for the vibrocompaction and diaphragm wall construction at London Gateway Port.
More recently, he has been working as an independent consultant with Geotechnical Experts Limited providing design and construction advice to clients and acting on dispute resolution projects.
David has been a chartered engineer since 1991 and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 2015. He was part of the successful team winning the ICE Engineering Excellence Award for the Isle of Grain cofferdam. He is author of numerous papers on various subjects including piling, diaphragm walling and rock anchors and co-author of the established text book Deep Excavations - A Practical Manual. David was a member of the drafting committee of 2nd and 3rd Editions of the ICE Specification for PIling and Embedded Retaining Walls. David lectures to the masters course on Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering at City University, London. He is also a German speaker.