Professor Ranjith Pathegama Gamage

Director of 3GDeep, and Head of Geomechanics Group
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Phone: +61 3 990 54982
Office: Room 140, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Shale Gas: Stimulation methodologies for enhancement of recoveries, Research into Geosequestration of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), including geomechanical behaviour due to the stored supercritical CO2, Formation and swelling behaviour of rock media, Migration of CO2 due to change in insitu stresses., Activation of faults due to the injection of high fluid pressures, Deep Geothermal works, Slope Stability of large deep, open cut mines, Stability of wellbore analysis, Underground longwall mining, Enhanced coal bed methane recovery, ECBM, Hydro-fracturing and other simulation methods for depleted and tight reservoirs, Two-phase and multiphase flow in fractured rock media, Coupled Hydro-mechanical behaviour of fractured and porous rocks, Gas outbursts and groundwater inundation in mines, Rock physics under high pressure conditions, Contaminant transport through rock, Storage of chemical/nuclear waste in underground caverns, Characterization of weathered rocks, Tunneling in soft and hard ground

 





Professor Jian Zhao

Geomechanics, Mining & Resource Engineering
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Phone: +61 3 990 56879
Office: Room 146, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Rock Mechanics, Rock Dynamics, Underground Construction, Geophysics, Mining engineering, Geothermal energy

 





Professor Xavier Choi

Professor in Petroleum and Mining Geomechanics
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Office: Room 112, Building 33, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Rock support and reinforcement, mine stability, rock fracture and damage mechanics, coal and gas outbursts, subsidence induced by underground mining and reservoir depletion, reservoir simulation, unconventional energy, CO2 sequestration, wellbore stability, sand production, fractured reservoirs, and the numerical modelling of multi-scale and multi-physics problems in civil, mining and petroleum geomechanics, and materials engineering.

 





Professor Malek Bouazza

Geomechanics Engineering
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Phone: +61 3 990 54956
Office: Room 138, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Energy Geotechnology (Borehole heat exchangers, geothermal geostructures, CO2 sequestration)., Gas advective and diffusive flow in saturated and unsaturated porous media, Landfill design, Unsaturated behaviour of geomaterials., Thermo-hydro-mechanical/chemical behaviour of porous media., Contaminant transport through soils and geosynthetics., Geosynthetics in landfills, Geosynthetics in mining applications (heap leach pads, tailing dams, etc.)., Earth reinforced structures, Ground Improvement (Shallow and deep soil mixing, dynamic compaction, stone columns,rigid inclusions)., Biological applications to Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental engineering., Geotechnical properties of soft soils.

 





Dr. Samintha Perera

Research Fellow, ARC DECRA Fellow
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Phone: +61 3 990 58902
Office: Room 116, Building 36, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Geosequestration of carbon dioxide in coal beds, saline aquifers and depleted oil reservoirs., Enhanced coal bed methane recovery (ECBM) and oil recover processes, Permeability of rock mass wrt to oil and gas recovery, Modeling of multiphase flow through rocks.

 





Dr. Asadul Haque

Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching (Geomechanics Engineering)
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Phone: +61 3 990 54974
Office: Room 141, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Soil improvement using additives, Biochar sequestration in treated soils, XrayCT imaging of geomaterials, Railway track geotechnology, Laterally loaded piles in jointed rocks, Cyclic filtration behaviour of soils, Shear behaviour of jointed rocks, CO2 sequestration

 





Dr. Mohan Yellishetty

Senior Lecturer (Mining & Resource Engineering)
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Phone: +61 3 990 27143
Office: Room 147, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Mohan Yellishetty’s current and future research interests are focused around the development and implementation of industrial ecological principles to mining and mining communities. He has a very strong interest in the area of environmental impacts and management due to mining in particular. He has been involved with many aspects of geotechnical & environmental engineering with a particular specialty in acid rock drainage and other environmental aspects of mining industry, besides the current research interests in industrial ecology applications to mining industry.

 





Dr. Ha Bui

Lecturer (Geomechanics Engineering)
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Phone: +61 3 990 52599
Office: Room 132, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Computational mechanics, geomaterials constitutive modelling, large deformation and failure of geomaterials, soil cracking modelling, fracture and damage of geomaterials, slope stability and landslide, multiphase flow in porous media, soil-structure interactions, mesh-free approaches for computational geomechanics, granular flows, lunar soil mechanics, free-surface fluid flows, two-phase flow modeling.

 





Dr. Will Gates

Senior Research Officer
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Phone: +61 3 9905 8902
Office: Room 116, Building 36, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
X-ray imaging of materials, including concretes, Geo-mechanical and geo-technical aspects of swelling materials, Improving durability of concretes, Standards testing development/modification, Modification of clay minerals for applications in reactive barrier technologies.

 





Dr. Rao Singh

Research Fellow
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Phone: +61 3 990 54981
Office: Room 154, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Physical and numerical modelling of geotechnical problems involving heat, moisture and gas transfer, geothermal energy pile foundation, unsaturated clays and geosynthetic clay liner (GCL), nuclear waste repository, suction measurement techniques, thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) behavior of soils and geosynthetics, modification of bentonite to improve its retention capacity, gas/liquid permeability characteristic of cement bentonite used in cut-off walls and borehole walls, coal seam gas (CSG), wind farm collector system.

 





Dr. Qianbing Zhang

Lecturer (Mining & Resource Engineering)
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Phone: +61 3 990 54385
Office: Room 149, Building 60, Clayton Campus
Research Interests:
Mechanical behavior of rock at high strain rate using split Hopkinson pressure bar; Mechanical behavior of rock at high pressure using plate impact facility; High speed digital image correlation method; Field monitoring, numerical simulations and geomechanical model tests of underground caverns; Scientific drilling and modeling of earthquake; Induced seismicity in deep earth energy and resources extraction.