Mark is a civil engineer with over 34 years’ extensive experience, particularly in the execution of infrastructure projects in the highways, rail, metro and marine sectors. Mark has distinct expertise in geotechnics and soft ground engineering and in the design of port infrastructure, and he brings this insight to his role of managing the delivery of ByrneLooby consultancy services for major international infrastructure projects, particularly within the Design and Build market sector.
A Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Mark also sits on the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) TC015 SC7 Group, established to review Eurocode EN 1997 in Ireland. Mark has written numerous papers, such as ‘USA - Germany Landfill Liner Practices’ for the Journal of Geotextiles and Geomembranes and ‘The role of Geotechnical Temporary Works on Infrastructure Development in Ireland‘ for the conference on Geotechnics of Irish Roads 2000 -2010: A Decade of Achievement.
A highlight of Mark’s career was working on the Bangkok Metro, a project which combined challenging soft ground conditions, top down construction in a constrained urban environment, and some of the deepest excavations ever undertaken in Bangkok. Mark’s international soft ground experience was critical during his involvement with projects like the Dutch High Speed Rail Link and the Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase 2 in Ireland.
Mark has significant marine engineering experience, as exhibited in his work in the design of deep berths at New Port Aqaba, Jordan and the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project in Dublin Port. Mark has also brought his microtunnelling knowledge to a variety of projects in the Middle East such as the Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP) Link Sewer in Abu Dhabi, Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS) in Qatar and the Lusail Expressway Microtunnels, also in Doha.