The school's record in research continues to be strong and vibrant. With a combination of existing senior academics and appointment of several new academics and research personnel in the civil and environmental engineering disciplines, the school has continuously enjoyed an exciting and challenging research outlook across a wide array of areas. This builds on the experience and outstanding record in winning competitive research grants and a commendable completion of doctoral students.
Greater interaction with industry colleagues in all disciplinary areas has created synergies, with the inevitable result of industry-based grants in research through the Australian Research Council (ARC), Road and Maritime Services (RMS), Engineers Australia, city councils, and various private sector and government organisations. The healthy number of research students, an impressive rate of peer-reviewed publications, infrastructure grants for upgrading laboratories, and increased participation of international academics in research activities has maintained the reputation of the school as one of the best in Australia.
Research in the school explores the role and significance of, and interrelationship between, materials, ground and structures, the environmental impact of engineering development and the innovative use of resources. They include:
- sustainable infrastructure
- dynamics of structures
- smart construction materials
- effects of seismic loads
- ground improvement techniques
- geographic information systems
- natural disaster mitigation and climate change issues
- advanced numerical techniques, and
- highly developed water and wastewater treatment technologies.
Centres and strengths
Research predominantly takes place in the following centres and strengths: