ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Partnership

Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Associate Professor Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn and Dr Geng Xueyu from the Wollongong node of the CGSE, in partnership with Dr Richard Kelly and Dr Jay Amaratunga of Coffey Geotechnics, have won the University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Partnership with Industry.

The Wollongong geotechnical research team, under the leadership of Professor Buddhima Indraratna, has collaborated extensively with Coffey Geotechnics on various ARC Linkage projects associated with ground improvement, including the application of vertical drains and vacuum consolidation for the development of transport infrastructure on soft soils.

This research partnership has led to tangible results including improved delivery of services and new design techniques, numerous high-calibre journal articles, and invited keynote lectures at leading geotechnical conferences.

The research outcomes have been incorporated in new Australian Standard on the “Execution of Vertical Drains in Soft Soils” launched in February 2012, led by Dr Jay Amaratunga. The techniques developed in this research have been tested in the field and applied to Port of Brisbane reclamation, the Ballina Bypass, and the rail track upgrade at Sandgate (near Newcastle).