ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering

CGSE Researchers Awarded Australia-Korea Foundation Grant

CGSE researchers from the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) have been awarded a grant from the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The grant is to widen and deepen ongoing collaborations between COFS and Korean three academic institutes and three industries to address geotechnical challenges in oil and gas extraction and renewable wind energy harvesting. This project will use numerical and physical modelling to improve spudcan shapes for drilling rigs, and bucket foundations for wind turbines.

Project Lead Investigator, Dr Shazzad Hossain says “We are very grateful to AKF for this funding as it provides COFS students and researchers with the opportunity to engage with Korean based institutes and industries”.

The Korean partners in the project are:

  • Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Kongju National University (KNS)
  • Seoul National University (SNU)
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Eng. Co. Ltd.
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.
  • POSCO Steel Solution

COFS researchers will visit these partners’ shipyards and other facilities,  use their testing equipment to carry out some joint venture tests, and share expertise. Results of the research will be submitted to leading engineering journals for publication.

A/Prof Muhammad Shazzad Hossain is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Image: Testing on a bucket foundation in a beam centrifuge.

Media Enquiries: Dr Shazzad Hossain, +61 8 6488 7358