Bill Burton is a geological engineer and has worked on resource development projects and building a connected group to deliver applied earth science at BGC Engineering for over 25 years. The mechanics and interactivity of soil, rock and water systems is an area of continual learning, and a foundation for his contribution to BGC’s collective purpose of pioneering responsible solutions to complex earth science challenges. His work has been included mineral development over the full development life cycle of discovery, design, construction, operation, and transition to post-development landscapes. This background has instilled an appreciation of the connection between the phases, the impacts of decisions on the environment and communities, and for ‘designs that work’. The challenges of managing the waste products of mining have involved projects in all climates over many continents, from tropical rainforests to the arctic. From field work interpreting natural systems, to construction sites, to boardroom meetings he has learned to appreciate multiple disciplines as no one group has all the answers to complex systems.
A current focus is turning data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into outcomes by working with people who are gifted in emerging technology to bring new tools to stewardship of natural systems.