Geo-technical engineering

Geo-technical engineering

At Monash:

Environmental and geo-technical engineers at Monash are investigating how the earth’s crust can be used to store harmful chemicals and pollutants, particularly CO2. Our team are particularly focusing on the thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of porous media, and contaminant transport which could one day help commercialise geo-sequestration technology.

Researchers in the Rock Mechanics team are investigating tunnelling and rock-socketed piles which are both used extensively in modern infrastructure. This is done through an integrated experimental, theoretical and analytical/numerical approach, making the most of our word-class facilities.

Other exciting areas include:

  • Thermal, hydro, mechanical and chemical behaviour of porous media
  • Geo-synthetics in mining applications and soil and water remediation works (containment, drainage, filtration, reinforcement, erosion control)
  • Environmental and biological applications to geo-technical & geo-environmental engineering
  • Geo-technical properties of soft soils, cyclic filtration behaviour of soils and soil improvement using additives
  • Landfill cover and liner design, contaminant transport, storage of chemical/nuclear waste in underground caverns, geo-technical properties of municipal solid waste
  • Prediction of pavement deterioration due to traffic and environmental loadings
  • Slope stability of large deep, open cut mines, underground longwall mining, enhanced coal bed methane recovery (ECBM), gas outbursts and groundwater inundation in mines
  • Two-phase and multiphase flow in fractured rock  media
  • Rock physics and characterisation under high pressure conditions, stability of wellbore analysis, tunnelling in soft and hard ground
  • Geo-sequestration of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Clay (bentonite) mineralogy and industrial  applications, mineral physical chemistry, X-ray and spectroscopic analysis of clay minerals and physical measurements.