Sustainable infrastructure underpins the liveability and productivity of major cities and regional communities through effective transport and communications infrastructure, versatile buildings, and delivery of essential services, such as water, gas, and sewer. Maintaining and extending the life of ageing infrastructure and providing sustainable infrastructure for growing populations is a major challenge worldwide. In partnership with our research in Smart Structures, Sensing Technologies and Engineering for Extremes, this research is developing innovative, cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions to infrastructure planning, design, retrofitting, analysis and performance monitoring for the benefit of society. Both fundamental and applied research are synergistically conducted in various facets of infrastructure, including optimisation of transport and structural reliability of roads and bridges, understanding and effectively combating the accelerated deterioration of structures built in corrosive environments, and improving the resilience of water, gas and wastewater infrastructure such as pipelines, sewers and dams under extreme and long-term climatic and man induced loading changes.
To become a leading research group in Australia and in the world that provides innovative and smart solutions to world’s pressing infrastructure problems and that trains future technological leaders to advance the society.
To forecast impending infrastructure problems and provide smart, cost-effective and environmentally responsible solutions for planning, designing, analysis, adaptation and performance monitoring of both existing and new infrastructure systems, for the benefit of the society at large.
Awards and Honours
- Professor Jayantha Kodikara and the Critical Pipes Project team: International Water Association's (IWA) Project Innovation Awards for the Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction (Critical Pipes) Project
- Feature article on Critical Pipes Project in Journal of Advances in Water Research vol 26(3) 2016
- Professor Jayantha Kodikara was awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Innovation and Engagement and for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration in 2013
- Monash making a difference
- The water main doctors
- Research to stop pipes bursting
- Reducing pipe bursts to minimise urban water losses globally
- Water probe aims to make pipe-dreams come true
- Sydney Water helping to protect the water supply
- Why are young Australians turning their back on the car?
- Ha Bui, J. Kodikara & M. Sanchez, A multi-scale approach to investigate desiccation cracking in clayey soils, ARC Discovery Project DP160100775, AU $340K.
- Zhao, X.L., Al-Mahaidi, R., Motavalli, M., Powers, N., Hueppi, M., 2014-2017, Fatigue Strengthening of Metallic Bridges using Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer System, ARC Linkage, AU$200K from ARC and AU$175K from Industry Partners (VicRoads and S&P Clever Reinforcement Company)
- Kodikara, J., Bui, H., Walker, J., 2014-2017, An Innovative integrated algorithms for cost-effective management of water pipe networks, Collaborative project through Smart Water Fund, AU$750k,
- Kodikara, J., Bui, H., Jitsangiam, P., 2014-2017, Development of advanced deterioration models and test methods for the design of stabilised pavement bases, ARC Linkage, AU$276k
- Kodikara, J., 2011-2014, Advancement of cohesive crack approach to model shrinkage and load induced cracking in multi-phase soils, ARC Discovery, AU$170k
- Zhao, X.-L., Singh, R., Bai, Y., Bandyopadhyay, S., Rizkalla, S.H., 2012-2014, Durability of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) strengthened steel structures against environment-assisted degradation, ARC Discovery, AU$380k