Geotechnical Engineering Centre

The Geotechnical Engineering Centre is funded by Industry Partners Golder Associates, Rio Tinto, AngloGold Ashanti and BHP Billiton, with matching funding from UQ, providing total funding of $1.2 million/year.

The Centre supports seven academic positions covering Soil Mechanics, Rock Mechanics and Hydrogeology, and three Postdoctoral Research Fellows, in addition to providing Undergraduate Scholarships and Postgraduate Top-Up Scholarships, and funding specialised geotechnical equipment and computer hardware.

The academic positions add to the existing complement of academic and research staff in Soil and Rock Mechanics, and Geology at UQ, totalling over 10 staff. The highly successful Civil & Geotechnical Engineering and Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Degree Programs offered by the Centre are unique in Australia, and are designed to meet the demands of Mining Companies, Geotechnical Consultants and Contractors for graduates with a specialisation in Geotechnical Engineering. Commenced in 2012, the Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Programs have attracted a total student cohort across the years of the programs of over 200, and graduations will rise to between 70 and 75 per year by 2015.

The Centre is active in fundamental and applied research in a range of Geotechnical Engineering areas, which is well-supported by research grants, and engages almost 40 Postgraduate Research students. The Centre also manages the Large Open Pit Project (LOP II). The Centre comprises the expertise of a leading research team in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, and computational modelling, applied to Civil and Mining Engineering problems. This expertise is made available both to the scientific community, through cutting-edge fundamental and applied research projects, and to industry through collaborative applied research, and high-level consulting and testing services.

  • Students at mine site visit
  • Researchers and tunnel lining segments
  • Researchers at mine site visit

Geotechnical Engineering Centre staff, researchers and students on mine visits