The provision of physical infrastructure for energy and transport is now a central theme of governments worldwide, and is of critical importance to Australia’s future prosperity. The largest private investments in new infrastructure are being made in the energy sector. The offshore liquefied natural gas industry has seen huge recent investments, most notably with the $43 billion Gorgon project initiated in September 2009 (“In capital expenditure terms, the single largest resource project in Australia’s history”, ABARE, 2009) and the $12 billion Pluto project that is due to make its first shipment in early 2011.
Over the next five years, approximately $250 billion will be spent on the provision of roads, railways, offshore oil and gas production facilities, renewable energy facilities, ports, pipelines, tunnels, and mining operations. To guide these billions of dollars of public and private investment, a new body, Infrastructure Australia, has been charged with developing an Infrastructure Priority List. As indicated in the State and National report cards prepared by Engineers Australia, our current standard of infrastructure ranks poorly across most sectors with the transport sector being seriously deficient (see www.infrastructurereportcard.org.au/).
PhD student S.M. Ali Tasalloti from CGSE and the Centre for Goetechnical Railway Engineering (GRE) won the 2014 Young Professionals Geotechnical Competition open to both industry and academia.Read more
PhD scholarship to investigate the mechanisms governing laboratory and in situ testing in soft natural clays.Read more
Dr Shanyong Wang awarded ARC Future Fellowship with a value of $761,579.Read more
CGSE researchers Shazzad Hossain, Mark Cassidy and Yuxia Hu were awarded an ARC Linkage Project Grant for their project “Investigation of alternative footing shapes to mitigate instabilities during installation of offshore drilling platforms”.Read more
Mr Hassan Sabetamal, a PhD student in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, has won the prestigious Australian Geomechanics Society NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology.Read more