ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering

PhD Student wins Young Professionals Geotechnical Competition

PhD Student wins Young Professionals Geotechnical Competition

PhD student S.M. Ali Tasalloti from the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering and the Centre for Geotechnical Railway Engineering (GRE) won the 2014 Young Professionals Geotechnical Competition open to both industry and academia.

The competition, held in Sydney, was hosted by the Australian Geomechanics Society and Institution of Engineers Australia.

Ali’s presentation, based on his PhD research, was conducted in front of a packed audience at the Engineers Australia Auditorium in Chatswood. Ali’s PhD research is supervised by Prof. Buddhima Indraratna,  Dr Ana Heitor, and A/Prof. Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, and this is part of an ARC-Linkage project in collaboration with Port Kembla Port Corporation, Douglas Partners, Coffey Geotechnics, Menard Bachy, BHP Billiton and ASMS.

The research team was tasked with the development of a suitable reclamation fill for Port Kembla Outer Harbour extension, as the conventionally dredged marine soils were found to be environmentally and geotechnically unacceptable.  Therefore the proposed project included the potential utilization of  blended steel furnace slag and coal wash, as a substitute for conventional natural fills for offshore reclamation. The blended Steel Slag and Coalwash material was tested in SMART geotechnical Laboratories  for ensuring the desired strength and deformation properties, before being tested in a field trial in Port Kembla,  and since then a considerable area of the Port is now reclaimed using this blended mix with great success.

Ali faced stiff competition with excellent presentations from several young professionals from academia and industry, where the judging panel consisting of several academics and industry colleagues, considered the quality of both written papers (published in the Australian Geomechanics Journal)  plus the oral presentations in selecting the overall winner.


PhD student S.M. Ali Tasalloti