Dr Robert is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University, UK in 2011. Dr Robert has over 10 years research and industry experience in soil-structure interaction projects.
Dr Dilan Robert is an expert in geotechnical engineering and soil-structure interaction modelling. He has over 10 years experience in offshore and onshore soil-structure interaction projects. He works in the areas of onshore/offshore soil-structure interaction analysis, unsaturated soils, offshore geotechnics, constitutive modelling and pavement stabilization.
Areas of research and consulting expertise
- Onshore/ffshore Soil-Structure Interaction Analysis
- Unsaturated Soils
- Offshore Geotechnics
- Constitutive Modelling
- Pavement Stabilization
Awards and Honours
- Professional Civil Engineer accredited by Engineers, Australia.
- Keynote Lecture at JLU international conference, India on 28th January 2016.
- Contribution to the Rankine Lecture, 2009.
- Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship to read for Ph.D. at Cambridge University, UK, 2006-2010.
- Gold Medal for the best Civil Engineering Graduate, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2005.
- Member of Institute of Marine Engineers, UK
- Associate member of Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka
- Reviewer of Canadian Geotechnical Journal
- Reviewer of Elsevier (Computers and Geotechnics)
- Reviewer of ASCE (Pipelines, Materials)
PhD Research supervision
Dr. Robert is a Category 1 registered supervisor
- Chamal Randeniya (PhD), ‘Risk assessment of corroded pipes buried in partially saturated soils’
- Manuka Wimalasiri (PhD), ‘Assessment of the performance of buried infrastructure subjected to loading’
- Rintu Renjith (PhD), ‘Stabilizing unbound road pavements using enzymes’
- Zeinab Yazdanfar (PhD), ‘Prediction of scour on bridge piers due to waves and currents’
- Muhammad Wasim (PhD), ‘External corrosion assessment in buried pipes subjecting to mechanical degradation’
- Weigang Wang (PhD), ‘Reliability analysis of buried metal pipes’
- Amila Dissanayake (PhD), ‘Resilience models for composite bridges exposed to accidental and bush fires’
- CIVE1178 Geotechnical Engineering 1
- CIVE1108 Geotechnical Engineering 2
- CIVE1185 Engineering Practice 1
Representative academic in Civil Engineering undergraduate selection for Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure).
- Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, RMIT University, Australia, 2014.
- PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK, 2011.
- B.Sc. Engineering Honours (1st Class & Gold Medallist), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2005.
Lecturer, RMIT University, Australia (2014-present)
Dilan is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at RMIT University.
Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia (2012-2014)
Dilan worked as a research fellow at Monash University for 2 years in the research project of advanced condition assessment and failure prediction technology for critical pipes. He worked mainly in responsible of assessing the deformations/stress states of buried corroded water pipes (cast iron and steel) due to internal and external loadings, using implicit as well as explicit numerical modelling tools.
Geotechnical Engineer, KW Ltd, London, UK (2010-2012)
At KW, Ltd, Dilan worked as a subsea geotechnical engineering on various offshore pipeline projects in responsible of upheaval buckling analysis, reliability analysis, shore approach, slope stability, trencheability, expansion, pile design, backfilling assessments, settlement calculations and geotechnical data review.
Doctorate Researcher, Cambridge University, UK (2006-2010)
Dilan conducted his PhD on Soil-Pipeline interaction in unsaturated soils under the supervision of Prof. Kenichi Soga and Prof. Malcolm Bolton. This was a collaborative research work between Cambridge University UK, Cornell University US (with the coordination of Prof. Tom O'Rourke) and Tokyo Gas Japan.
Civil Engineer, State Engineering Corporation (SEC), Sri Lanka (2005-2006)
At SEC, Dilan has experienced in all aspects of casting the pre-stressed and precast concrete structures such as bridge beams, electricity transition poles, hume pipes, hollow blocks, building components and other precast reinforced concrete items. Further, he managed more than 150 direct labourers at the construction site and worked in coordination with the subordinate staff.
Research Engineer, Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI), Sri Lanka (2004-2005)
Dilan worked as a mathematical modeller at LHI for the construction of fishing harbours and ports.
- Robert, D.,Thusyanthan, N.,Li, C. (2016). Uplift resistance of buried pipelines in dry and unsaturated sands: Comparison of analytical and FE model results with large-scale test data In: Geo-Chicago 2016: Sustainability and Resiliency in Geotechnical Engineering, Chicago, US, 14-18 August 2016
- Robert, D.,Rajeev, P. (2016). A modified Mohr-Coulomb model to simulate the response of buried pipes subjected to large ground displacement In: Geo-Chicago 2016: Sustainability and Resiliency in Geotechnical Engineering, Chicago, United States, 14-18 August 2016
- Randeniya, C.,Robert, D.,Fu, G.,Li, C. (2016). The effect of corrosion patch geometry on stress intensity factors for external surface cracks in cast iron water mains In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT4), Nevada, United States, 7-11 August 2016
- Wang, W.,Li, C.,Robert, D.,Zhou, A.,Wasim, M. (2016). Full scale corrosion test on buried cast iron pipes In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT4), Nevada, United States, 7-11 August 2016
- Wasim, M.,Li, C.,Robert, D.,Mahmoodian, M.,Setunge, S. (2016). Experimental investigation of factors influencing external corrosion of buried pipes In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT4), Nevada, United States, 7-11 August 2016
- Wang, W.,Zhou, A.,Robert, D.,Li, C. (2016). Assessment of stress intensity factors for cast iron pipes with pitting corrosion In: International Conference on Geo-mechanics, Geo-energy and Geo-resources 2016, Clayton, Australia, 28-29 September 2016
- Ji, J.,Robert, D.,Zhang, C.,Zhang, D.,Kodikara, J. (2016). Probabilistic physical modelling of corroded cast iron pipes for lifetime prediction In: Structural Safety, , 1 - 14
- Senthilkumar, M.,Kodikara, J.,Rajeev, P.,Robert, D. (2016). Consolidation around offshore pipe embedment Using coupled analysis In: Proceedingsof the 69th Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference GeoVancouver (GeoVancouver 2016), Vancouver, Canada, 2-5 October 2016
- Wang, W.,Robert, D.,Zhou, A.,Li, C. (2016). Effect of corrosion influencing factors of cast iron pipes in clay soil In: 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM24 2016), Perth, Australia, 6-9 December 2016
- Wimalasiri, M.,Robert, D.,Li, C. (2016). New method to investigate the permeability of stressed concrete In: Proceedings of 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM24), Perth, Australia, 6-9 December 2016
- Nano science based construction materials manufacturing (Administered by Monash Uni). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant 2016 from (2017 to 2022)
- Deterioration modeling of bridge structures using visual inspection data (Administered by Monash University). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant 2016 from (2017 to 2019)
- The use of brown coal ash as a replacement of cement in concrete masonry bricks (Administered by Monash Uni). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant 2016 from (2016 to 2021)
- Ian Potter Travel Grant for AP-UNSAT 2015 conference, Guilin, China; and to visit University of Cambridge, UK 20-26 October 2015.. Funded by: Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant 2015 Round 2 from (2015 to 2015)
7 PhD Current Supervisions and 2 Masters by Research Current Supervisions