Dr. Benjamin Shannon

Dr. Benjamin Shannon

Research Fellow
Department of Civil Engineering
Room G24, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton Campus


  • Bachelor's Degree Science/ Engineering, Monash University, 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy,(Ph.D), Geo-technical and Geo-environmental Engineering, Monash University, 2014


Pipeline infrastructure

Manage CRC-P Smart linings for pipe and infrastructure. Recently was part of the team of the Advanced condition assessment and pipe failure prediction project.

Civil Engineering
Geotechnical engineering

Conduct laboratory and field tests for saturated and unsaturated soil.

Water Management

Pipeline asset management and cohort property analysis.

Research Interests

Underground Infrastructure

Cast iron pipe analysis, metallurgy, fracture, tensile and general properties testing. Conduct large diameter (>300 mm) pipe burst testing and pipe fatigue testing in Monash University Laboratory.

Geotechnical Engineering

Soil laboratory testing expert. Conducting triaxial, oedometer, compaction, loading, soil suctions, wet/dry experiments, unsaturated triaxial and other unsaturated soil experiments.

Ph.D Topic: Fracture Propagation of Cohesive Soils under Tension and Desiccation Cracking
Date Completed:  2013
Supervisor: Prof. Jayantha Kodikara
Short Introduction to PHD Topic:
Fracture mechanics has been used extensively to describe crack propagation of glass, steel, concrete, ceramics, soils, dental plaster and even botanical structures. The aims of this research are:
To investigate fracture properties and tensile strength of cohesive soils. To determine a relationship between consolidated and compacted soils fracture toughness Whether a cohesive crack model is more suitable than linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) for crack propagation theory in soils This will be conducted using single edged notched beams (SENB) in three point and four point bending, compact tension (CT) and ring tests. The fracture properties will be compared to specialised desiccation cracking tests to determine whether desiccation induced cracking shows similar properties to load induced cracking.

Research Projects

Past projects

Advanced condition assessment and pipe failure prediction project

A vibrant collaboration of researchers and water utilities from around the globe dedicated to solving a major problem – failures in ageing critical pipelines which deliver fresh water to the towns and cities of the world.

Team member on cohort analysis, laboratory pipe testing and field pipe testing.


Introduction of the leak-before-break (LBB) concept for cast iron water pipes on the basis of laboratory experiments

Rathnayaka, S.Shannon, B.Zhang, C. & Kodikara, J. 18 Jan 2017 In : Urban Water Journal. p. 1-9 9 p.


Monitoring of pressure transients in water supply network

Rathnayaka, S. U. P.Shannon, B. M., Rajeev, P. & Kodikara, J. K. 2016 In : Water Resources Management. 30, 2, p. 471-485 15 p.


The use of restrained ring test method for soil desiccation studies

Shannon, B. M.Kodikara, J. K. & Rajeev, P. 2015 In : Geotechnical Testing Journal. 38, 1, p. 98 – 112 15 p.


Numerical modelling of desiccation cracking in a restrained ring test

Amarasiri, A. L., Shannon, B. M. & Kodikara, J. K. 2014 In : Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 51, 1, p. 67 – 76 10 p.


Examining the tensile strength and strain of clay soil using indirect diametrical tensile tests and digital image correlation

Shannon, B. M. & Kodikara, J. K. 2013 Proceedings of GEO Montreal 2013. Ruel, M. & Roy, S. (eds.). Canada: Canadian Geotechnical Society, p. 1 – 6 6 p.

Salient factors controlling desiccation cracking of clay in laboratory experiments

Costa, W. D. S. M., Kodikara, J. K. & Shannon, B. M. 2013 In : Geotechnique. 63, 1, p. 18 – 29 12 p.


Tensile strength of consolidated clay using indirect tests under desiccation and mechanical loading

Shannon, B. M. & Kodikara, J. K. 2012 11th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics ANZ 2012 Conference Proceedings. Narsilio, G., Arulrajah, A. & Kodikara, J. (eds.). Australia: Australian Geomechanics Society, p. 296 – 301 6 p.


Fracture toughness tests on consolidated clay beams using digital image correlation

Shannon, B. & Kodikara, J. 2011 Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Khalili, N. & Oeser, M. (eds.). Sydney NSW Australia: Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety, Vol. 1, p. 449 – 454 6 p.

Numerical modeling of restrained clay desiccation shrinkage using FLAC3D

Shannon, B., Rajeev, P. & Kodikara, J. 2011 Proceedings of the 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium – Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics – 2011. Sainsbury, D. P., Hart, R. D., Detournay, C. J. & Nelson, M. J. (eds.). Minneapolis USA: Itasca International Inc., p. 407 – 414 8 p.


Experimental modelling of coupled water flow and associated movements in swelling soils

Shannon, B., Gallage, C. & Kodikara, J. 2010 Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Problematic Soils. Cameron, D. A. & Kaggwa, W. (eds.). Adelaide South Australia: CI-Premier, p. 295 – 302 8 p.


The effect of Co2 saturation on mechanical properties of Australian black coal using acoustic emission

Ranjith, P., Jasinge, D., Choi, S-K. X., Mehic, M. & Shannon, B. 2010 In : Fuel. 89, 8, p. 2110 – 2117 8 p.


Teaching Commitments

  • CIV2242 - Geomechanics 1
  • CIV3248 - Groundwater and environmental geo-mechanics
  • CIV3247 - Geomechanics 2
  • CIV4249 - Foundation engineering
Last modified: 29/08/2018