Engineering for Extremes


Dr Amin Heidarpour

Research opportunities

Focus areas

Engineering for Extremes aims to make our infrastructure more resilient to the pressures of extreme events for the benefit of society. These extreme events range from natural disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes and tsunamis, to man-made disasters like terrorist attacks, and even to planned events but at scales not considered in the design and construction of the system, such as sporting, religious, and cultural festivals. This multidisciplinary sub-theme is developing models to predict the outcomes of these extremes such that solutions can be developed to both warn society in advance, and/or protect society through the engineering of more appropriate infrastructure. Examples include design against impact and blast loading for buildings, performance of travel demand management during mega events, evacuation planning during panic situations, improved flood forecast prediction and mitigation, and fire spread prediction.


Leaders in engineering for extremes ranging from natural disasters to man-made events.


Making infrastructure more resilient to extreme events for the benefit of society.

Research highlights

Awards and Honours

  • Mahsa Mirmomeni was awarded Pearson student academic achievement award
  • Professor Xiao-Ling Zhao was awarded 2013 IIW (International Institute of Welding) Thomas Medal.
  • Dr Heidarpour was successful to get a prestigious competitive Research Fellowship for International Young Scientists funded by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He will be conducting large scale tests at Tongji University to investigate the behaviour of structures under post-earthquake fire.
  • In 2013 Professor Currie of Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) chaired a planning session on Olympic Games transport research in Rio de Janerio including participants from a range of Rio planning and research stakeholders. ITS have been advising Rio games authorities on Olympic transport approaches and are undertaking a performance monitoring role for transport at the 2016 games in Rio.
  • Dr Shiwakoti received 2012 Fresh Science Award for innovative use of ants to model pedestrians crowd panic. The award is supported by Australian Government, Department of Industry and Innovation.
  • Dr Shiwakoti was awarded with fellowship from 19th International Symposium on Transport and Traffic Flow Theory (ISTTT), 2011, University of California, Berkley, USA for the innovative methodology of using model organisms to study human crowd panic. ISTTT is the prestigious gathering for the world's leading transportation and traffic theorists and features some of the best and most promising thinking and theoretical developments in the field.


  • 16th International Symposium on Tubular Structures organised by Monash Civil Engineering Department was held in City of Melbourne in Dec, 2017.
  • 3rd IAPS-AUS (International Association of Protective Structures) Workshop organised by Monash Civil Engineering Department was held at Monash in Dec, 2016.



  • Heidarpour, A., Zhao, X.L., Sadeghi, N. Patent No. PCT/AU2017/050923, "Modular Beam-to-Hybrid Fabricated Column Connections".
  • Heidarpour, A., Zhao, X.L., Song, Q.Y. Patent No. 2013900532, "Load Bearing Structures".

Selected projects

  • Nguyen, G.D., Bui, H., Andrade, J. 2017-2020: Liquefaction of silty soils: Micromechanics, modelling and prediction, ARC Discovery Project, $277K.
  • Bui, H., Kodikara, J., Sanchez, M. 2016-2018, A multi-scale approach to investigate desiccation cracking in clayey soils, ARC Discovery Project, AU $340K.
  • Heidarpour, A., Zhao, X-L, Bradford, M.A., Lu, G., Thambiratnam, D., Remennikov, A., Uy, B., Wu, C., Ngo, T.,Ranjith, Pa., Fawzia, S., 2016, National drop weight impact testing facility, ARC LIEF grant, AU$239K.
  • Zhao, X.L., Heidarpour, A., Al-Mahaidi, R., Han, L.H., 2015-2018, Behaviour of ultra-high strength double-skin composite tubular construction, ARC Discovery, AU$415.5K.
  • Sarvi, M., Rajabifard, A., Fireder, S., Thompson, RG., Miller-Hooks, E., Wall, AR., Leighton, A., 2014-2017, Planning and managing road transport systems for extreme events through spatial enablement, ARC Linkage Project, AU$225K.
  • Bouazza, A., Gates, WP., Rowe, RK., Swifte, B., Hornsey, W., 2014-2017, Waste containment lining systems for Antarctica: Ensuring their performance under extreme conditions , ARC Linkage Project, AU$151K.
  • Zhao, XL., Heidarpour, A., Packer, J., Wu, C.Q., 2013-2015, Composite tubular construction subject to impact and blast loading, ARC Discovery, AU$360K.
  • Pauwels, V., Walker, J., 2014-2018, Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, AU$960K.
  • Sarvi, M. , Currie, G., Bandini, S., Wang, F., Shiwakoti, N., 2012-2015, Innovative tools to improve station design and management of crowds in emergency and panic conditions, ARC Linkage Project, AU$210K.


Academic staff

Prof Malek Bouazza
Dr Ha Bui
Dr Colin Caprani
Prof Graham Currie
Dr Amin Heidarpour
Prof Jayantha Kodikara
Dr Hossein Masoumi
Dr Phu Nguyen
A/Prof Valentijn Pauwels
Dr Chris Rudiger
Prof Hai Vu
Prof Jeff Walker
Dr Qianbing Zhang

Research staff

Dr Fatemeh Azhari
Dr Stefania Grimaldi
Dr Ashley Wright

Postgraduate students

Hamed Allahyari
Antara Dasgupta (IITB)
Mohsen Ebrahimzadeh
Mohammadamin Farmani
Aditya Gupta (IITB)
Tushar Mandal
Nhu Nguyen
Thang Nguyen
Esmaeil Pournamazian
Hieu Tran
Yingnan Wang
Shaohan Zhao

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