About theanchormanblog

Having spent two decades working closely with Tony, Dr. Devon Mothersille provides the continuity of cutting edge technical expertise and excellence within SBMA Ltd. Dr Mothersille received his undergraduate degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Bradford, UK where he also completed a Ph.D. for his work on the influence of close proximity blasting on ground anchor systems in rock. He entered the construction industry, working for both civil engineering consultants and contractors, in 1989 and subsequently became the Managing Director of two specialist ground anchor consultancy practices: Geoserve Global Ltd and Single Bore Multiple Anchor Ltd. He has worked as a ground anchor consultant in many parts of the world including Spain, Australia, the USA, Russia and the Middle East where he advised clients on complex ground anchoring projects. These include the prestigious Diagonal Mar Development in Barcelona, the Burnley Tunnel Project in Melbourne Australia, the Wadi Abdun Bridge Project in Amman Jordan and the Aviva Stadium project in Dublin, Ireland. He was deputy chairman of the International Ground Anchor Conference held in London in 2007, and currently acts as an expert witness/adviser on legal cases as well as being an active member of two committees charged with the implementation of the new Eurocodes covering the design, construction and testing of ground anchors and soil nails.

Dr Mothersille visits business associates in Turkey: Anchor works for the Mahall Bomonti development in Izmir, Turkey complete – March 2018

Specialist foundation contractor Kasktas AS have successfully implemented SBMA technology on three deep excavations that will form an essential part of the prestigious Mahall Bomonti development in Izmir, Turkey. In total some 1900No. SBMAs were constructed in problematic alluvial soils and under a high water table. When complete the superstructure will be 245m high and will be the tallest building in Izmir and the third tallest in Turkey.

The successful execution of this project maintains the high standards produced by Kasktas AS throughout their association with SBMA Ltd and this will prove highly beneficial to clients within the region for future projects.

Details of the performance of the anchored structures are featured in a technical paper that has been accepted and will be presented at the DFI conference in Rome (June  2018).








Figure 1: From left to right Mr Metin Akkaya (Project Manager, Kasktas), Dr Devon Mothersille and Mr Gökhan Makas (Safety Officer, Kasktas) stand on the periphery of the 80cm thick anchored diaphragm wall at excavation site A (support via approx 1100 SBMAs)








Figure 2: Excavation site B showing placement of foundation slab reinforcement (support via approx 600 SBMAs)








Figure 3: Excavation site C showing combination of struts and anchors (support via approx 200 SBMAs)








Figure 4: Current view of the spectacular slope stability works undertaken by Kasktas AS using high capacity SBMAs for the STAR Oil Refinery in Aliağa, Izmir, Turkey – project completed 2015










Figure 5: Turkey’s Mount Rushmore! The impressive sculpture of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding father of modern Turkey



Important visit to Corniche Towers’ construction site in Abu Dhabi – February/March 2018

Further to the successful publication of an article featuring the use of the innovative AnchorTest software on the Corniche Towers project in the Sept/Oct 2017 edition of Deep Foundations Insitute magazine, Dr Devon Mothersille visited the site in Abu Dhabi.

Prior to the site visit a very positive meeting was held at Bauer International FZE’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi to discuss future collaboration, market opportunities and research and development between the companies in the UAE and surrounding regions.









Bauer International FZE (UAE) senior management team:

From left to right: Mr Farid Mansour (Technical Director, Bauer), Mr Marco Vogel (Regional Director, Bauer), Dr Devon Mothersille (MD, SBMA Ltd) and Mr Bora Okumusoglu (Design Manager, Bauer)








View of the Corniche Towers showing the removable anchors supporting a diaphragm wall and struts supporting an area that could not be anchored due to the presence of piles supporting an adjacent Mosque











Key members of the Corniche Towers site team from left to right:

Mr Balaji Thamatam (Geotechnical Design Engineer, Bauer), Mr Mohammad Saeed (Project Manager), Dr Devon Mothersille, Mr Sven Zitza (Superintendent for anchoring works, Bauer) and Mr Marinder Singh (Project Manager, Bauer)










Dr Mothersille and Mr Bora Okumusoglu (Design Manager, Bauer) visit the world famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi








The spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi during sunset



Successful grouting short course in Austin, Texas – 12-16 February 2018

Dr Devon Mothersille presents at the international grouting workshop in Austin, Texas

The international short grouting course was held at the Engineering Education and Research Centre at the University of Texas this year. The course was attended by engineers from Albania, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr Mothersille shared the stage with established grouting experts and delivered his annual lecture on high capacity anchors in soils and weak rocks. This year the lecture involved engaging the audience in an interactive exercise aimed at illustrating the concept of progressive debonding on an elastic tendon bonded to the ground by grout. In addition, Dr mothersille presented the key features of AnchorTest, the innovative real-time data management software that has massively optimised the mandatory anchor testing process.

Special thanks are due to Dr TAntonio Marinucci (US representative for SBMA technology and  AnchorTest software) who flew down to Austin from New York to attend meetings with Dr Devon Mothersille and Dr Donald Bruce.









Dr Mothersille presenting at the international grouting workshop in Austin, Texas











Dr Devon Mothersille and Dr Antonio Marinucci visit Texas Capitol in Austin


From 37°C in Durban to 2° C in Berlin – Dec 2017

As Chairman of the Pan-European committee TC 182/WG3, Dr Devon Mothersille travelled from the 37° C heat of Durban, South Africa to Berlin, Germany where temperatures plummeted to 2° C. Over a period of two hard working days Dr Mothersille chaired a crucial meeting attended by 10 European colleagues represented by France, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK and Austria. The objective was to complete the final evaluation of comments received on the new International Standards Organization document ISO/DIS 22477-5 (Testing of Grouted Anchors). This pivotal document will set out the procedures and test methods which govern the testing of grouted anchors. The meeting was highly productive and Dr Mothersille wishes to take this opportunity to thank his colleagues for their valued contribution throughout the execution of the drafting process.

The document is now in its final stages and anticipated publication will be in June 2018








Dr Devon Mothersille (Centre) chairs the TC 182/WG3 committee meeting on ISO/DIS 22477-5








Members of the team enjoy a well-earned meal at a local restaurant after a highly productive session





SBMA Ltd partner with Freyssinet Total Technology (Indonesia) – Nov 2017

Freyssinet Total Technology (FTT) have signed a licence agreement with SBMA Ltd to exploit SBMA technology in the region. This is an exciting development and work is currently underway on designs for the support of deep basement structures in soils. Dr Devon Mothersille is liaising with FTT and will be arranging to visit project sites and deliver training seminars to operatives and Engineers within the FTT organisation.

Drone used to capture dramatic photos at Hazelmere dam – Nov 2017

The use of drones are becoming commonplace in engineering practice and Dr Devon Mothersille has exploited this technology to  assist with the inspection of anchored structures where access is challenging.

PKW (1)








PKW (2)








Aerial view of the world’s highest Piano Key Weir at Hazelmere dam, South Africa

Tendon fabrication








Aerial view of the tendon fabrication yard – Hazelmere dam

Spillway and NOC








Aerial view of the spillway with the right and left flanks of the non-overspill crest – Hazelmere dam



Senior executives from Ingerop France visit the Hazelmere Dam project – October 2017

Mr Yves Metz and Mr Christophe Blanc (Senior Executives from Ingerop France) visited the Hazelmere dam site in South Africa. Mr Duane Booyse (Resident Engineer on the dam project) and Dr Devon Mothersille (Specialist Anchor Consultant) delivered presentations to representatives from Ingerop France and Ingerop South Africa (ISA) which updated the visitors on the status of the dam construction with particular reference to the Piano Key Weir and the ultra-high capacity rock anchors. It is noteworthy that Dr Mothersille also pioneered the use of a drone to observe the progress of the dam construction and this video footage was also presented to the riveted audience.

After completing a detailed tour of the dam site the delegation enjoyed a meal at the famous south african golfer, Ernie Els’s restaurant (The Big Easy) at the Hilton Hotel in Durban.

Based on the discussions there is no doubt that the ties between Dr Mothersille and the Ingerop Group have strengthened and this collaboration will prevail on major infrastructure development projects in the future.










Dr Devon Mothersille enjoys a meal with the Ingerop team.

From left to right: Mrs Helena Koutras (Administration, ISA); Mr Adam Botha (ex- Technical Director, ISA and current APP for Hazelmere dam) ; Mr Christophe Blanc (International Director, Ingerop France); Mr Duane Booyse (Technical Director, ISA); Mr Shakendra Bhagwandin (Regional Manager, ISA), Dr Devon Mothersille (Managing Director, Geoserve Global Ltd, SBMA Ltd & AnchorTest Ltd),  Mr Neel Daya  (CEO, ISA), Mr Yves Metz (CEO, Ingerop France) and Mr Ashirayi Makosienyi (Finance Manager, ISA)