ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering

Hassan Sabetamal wins AGS NSW Research Award

Hassan Sabetamal wins AGS NSW Research Award

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.

This award recognises novelty, originality, and industry relevance and was given for his work on “Finite Element Algorithms for Dynamic Analysis of Geotechnical Problems”.

This research describes new computational algorithms for the analysis and design of a wide range of energy and transport infrastructure, such as building foundations, bridge foundations, offshore oil and gas facilities, retaining walls, slopes and tunnels, which are subject to dynamic loads. These types of loads occur frequently in practice, particularly under earthquake conditions, and are difficult to model using conventional techniques. Mr Sabetamal, who is supervised by Dr Majid Nazem, Prof Scott Sloan and Prof John Carter, has also done cutting-edge work on the modelling of contact mechanics, which describes the complex behaviour that occurs at soil-structure interfaces.