ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering

RHD Students

Kourosh Kianfar

RHD Students


BSc, MSc, MIEAust


  • 1997
    Master of Science in Civil Engineering-Geotechnics, TMU, Iran
  • 1993
    Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Shiraz University, Iran


  • 2008
    Geotechnical Engineer (Part Time), Coffey Geotechnics, Australia, (2008 - current)
  • 2006
    Deputy Dean in Research at Faculty of Engineering, Ilam University, Iran (2006-2007)
  • 2005
    Head of Civil Engineering Department, Ilam University, Iran (2005-2007)
  • 1998
    Manager of Technical Office, Ilam University, Iran (1998-2002)
  • 1998
    Lecturer, Civil Engineering department, Ilam University, Iran (1998-2007)
  • 1996
    Senior Civil Engineer, Engineering and Control Office, Iranian Railway, Iran (1996-1998)
  • 1994
    Lecturer, Civil Engineering Department, Dezful Azad University, Iran (1994-1997)
  • 1993
    Consultant Engineer, Khaneh Sazi Andimeshk Constructional Co., Iran (1993-2007)

Research Interests

  • Soft soil improvement
  • Consolidation and creep of clay
  • Slope stability
  • Railway Engineering


  • Professor Buddhima Indraratna
  • Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn

Research Topic

Implication of PVD and Vacuum Preloading on Viscoplastic Behaviour of Soft Soils

Research Abstract

This research aims to future discover the effects of vertical drains and vacuum preloading on the consolidation of soft soils. The effects of this technique of soft soil improvement on degree of consolidation, coefficient of consolidation, and rate of excess pore water pressure dissipation are some of the important issues considered in this research. Capturing the actual flow rule during vacuum assisted radial consolidation is the other important parameter that is studied during the investigations.