Civil Engineering

Our Civil Engineering teams focus on developing innovative technologies and systems across the following areas.

Water Resources

The Water Resources Team is dedicated to the development of innovative technologies in water and wastewater treatment, storm water management and groundwater management. We focus on both fundamental scientific and industrial oriented water research.

We develop applied research within a number of sectors including water organisations, councils, residential properties, industries etc.

Our team is proud to mentor the next generation of water and wastewater engineering leaders. We supervise postgraduate research students at both masters and PhD level.

We have long standing expertise in a wide range of areas:

  • The areas of hydrology and hydraulics including environmental engineering
  • Water and Wastewater quality and treatment methods.
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design and Drainage Design,
  • Water Recycling and new End uses of recycled water.

Current projects for HDR students:

  • Water and wastewater by various means including physical, chemical, biological and membrane processes.
  • Recycling materials for water treatment
  • Resource and energy recovery from liquid stream (water-waste-energy nexus)
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Biofiltration for stormwater treatment
  • Biosolids management
  • Hydrological modelling

To enquire about our consultancy, research capabilities and PhD opportunities contact:

Dr Bandita Mainali
B.Mainali@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Biplob Pramanik
B.Pramanik@latrobe.edu.au

Transportation Engineering

We conduct Transport research dedicated to the development of safe, efficient, and sustainable multimodal transport systems. Both fundamental and applied research are conducted in various facets of transport, including:

  • Public Transport
  • Road Safety
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Mobility Management

Selected projects:

  • Combination Effects of Public Transport Priority Measures
  • Coordinated Transit Signal Priority
  • Trip Generation Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles
  • Risky Behaviours and Crash Involvement among Motorcyclists
  • Macroscopic Crash Modelling
  • Pedestrian and Right-turn Vehicle Speed Surveys for Timing of Traffic Signals

To find out more about our research and consulting capabilities, and postgraduate research opportunities contact:

Dr Long Truong
L.Truong@latrobe.edu.au

Structural Engineering

The Structural team is focused on developing structural members for enhanced applications in the construction industry. Our key investigated structural members are 3D printed fibre reinforced polymer, fibre reinforced timber beams and composite columns.

We work closely with construction industry partners, solving critical design and construction difficulties.

Research scholars will be mentored in the investigation and numerical study of fibre reinforced composite materials and composite members.

We have a long standing expertise in a wide range of areas:

  • Develop, investigate and evaluate structural framing techniques.
  • Conducting strength and stiffness tests utilizing Digital Image Correlation (DIC) algorithms.
  • Evaluate the structural performance of proposed construction materials and developing experimentally evaluated design guidelines.

Current projects for HDR students

  • Material characteristics of fibre reinforced polymer
  • Experimentation of timber beams with fibre reinforced
  • Finite element analysis of concrete-filled steel tubular columns

To enquire about our consultancy, research capabilities and PhD opportunities contact:

Dr Haider Al Abadi
h.alabdi@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Vipul Patel
v.patel@latrobe.edu.au

Geotechnical Engineering Research

Research activities carried out by our team cover a wide range of topics in geotechnical engineering and include; foundation engineering, ground improvement, soil structure interaction, geosynthetics engineering, soil stability and reinforcement, sustainability of geo-structures, numerical and physical modelling as well as laboratory testing.

Some of our latest research topics:

  • Energy piles
  • Deep soil mixing
  • Unsaturated soils
  • Pile dynamic testing
  • Foundation testing
  • Soil reinforcement
  • Numerical study of geogrid reinforced road materials
  • Study of prefabricated vertical drains (PVD) in ground improvement
  • Geosynthetic clay liner
  • Permeability study of geomaterial using centrifuge
  • Finite element analysis of pile foundation
  • Finite element analysis of soil nail
  • Ground improvement using PVD
  • Improvement of expansive soil by deep in situ technique
  • Finite element method for reinforced soil structures

Research Facilities

Our geotechnical laboratory is equipped with the latest testing instruments including several triaxial cells, oedometers, direct shear, unconfined compression and cyclic testing, centrifuge, ring shear, surface roughness measurement, viscometer and TDR (time-domain reflectometer).