Our research covers a range of civil infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, transport network, underground utilities, power and energy as well as resources and mining structures.
We research a broad spectrum of topics with the overall vision of delivering materials, structures, analytical methods, design criteria and technologies for construction and maintenance to improve sustainability, longevity and efficiency of infrastructure essential for society.
Key centres and facilities
- Innovative structures and materials: new structural forms, topology optimisation, nano-structures and materials, structural design for dynamic loading covering earthquake and wind engineering and large-scale structures.
- Construction materials: research into sustainable materials such as geopolymer concrete, high-volume fly ash concrete, brown coal fly ash concrete, polymer-wood composites from waste materials, recycling cigarette butts, and waste water sludge in construction materials.
- Infrastructure asset management: durability of materials and structures, strengthening of structures using innovative methods such as fibre reinforced polymers infused with resin under vacuum, deterioration forecasting of infrastructure such as underground utilities, buildings, bridges and marine structures.
- Sustainable infrastructure: green buildings, life-cycle analysis, benchmarking green construction practice, and noise management in urban environments.
- Geotechnical engineering: influence of trees in ground movement of expansive soils, assessment of expansive soils in Melbourne metropolitan areas, improving residential footings and slab design, monitoring in-situ soil moisture movement and modelling unsaturated soils, evaluation and prediction of resilient modulus and permanent deformation of pavement materials for pavement design, screw piles (design and construction methods), and innovative drilling fluids to improve efficiency of exploration.
- Transport engineering: effect of wet weather on traffic performance, transport network vulnerability analysis, transport-land use interaction (mono-centric versus poly-centric cities), driving behaviour modelling and analysis and freight management strategies.
- Dr Rebecca Gravina
- Associate Professor Margaret Jollands
- Professor Chun-Qing Li
- Dr Jie Li
- Dr Sara Moridpour
- Dr Gang Ren
- Pofessor Sujeeva Setunge
- Associate Professor Kevin Zhang
- Professor Mike Xie
- Dr Annan Zhou
- Dr Dilan Robert