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Indraratna, Buddhima N. Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor

  • School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Director - Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering
  • Director - ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre, ITTC-Rail 2018 - 2022

Overview


Prof Buddhima Indraratna is currently Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, and Research Director, Centre for Geomechanics & Railway Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia. Since 2018 he has been the Director of National Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Infrastructure (ITTC-Rail), funded by the Australian Research Council and Industry.

He also holds several external positions as Distinguished Honorary Professor of Asian Institute of Technology,Thailand; Shanghai University of Science & Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology and Beijing Jiaotong University, China

He is the Chief Editor of Ground Improvement Journal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.

 Prof Indraratna is a Civil Engineering graduate from Imperial College, London. Since his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1987, his significant contributions to geotechnical and railway engineering have been acknowledged through numerous national and international awards, including the 1st Ralph Proctor Lecture and 4th Louis Menard Lecture of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. In 2009, he delivered the prestigious EH Davis Lecture of the Australian Geomechanics Society for his contributions to theory and practice of geotechnical engineering.

 For his pioneering contributions to ground improvement and transport infrastructure, he was honoured with the Business and Higher Education award by the Australian Government in 2009, Engineers Australia Transport Medal in 2011, and the combined Engineers Australia-New Zealand Railway Society’s Outstanding Individual Award in 2015. Over the past 2 decades, he has also received prestigious international awards, including Thomas Telford Award by the Institution of Civil Engineers UK, Robert Quigley Award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and the 2017 Medal of Excellence for life-time contributions, the highest accolade by the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

 Prof Indraratna currently leads numerous projects funded by the Australian Research Council at an annual research income of $2 million/year, and he has been a consultant to various geotechnical and rail organisations worldwide. He has more than 800 publications, over 350 Journal articles, 10 books and over 60 invited Keynote papers, and has successfully supervised over 60 PhD graduates and 30 Postdoctoral Fellows. He has been a national and international consultant in numerous major projects worldwide, and to name a few, ground improvement at 2nd Bangkok International Airport, Port of Brisbane and Wollongong harbour reclamations work, Pacific Highway north of Sydney, Melbourne to Brisbane Railway, and post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka.

 Professor Indraratna is a Fellow of several professional bodies including the most prestigious Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, as well as being a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), and a Fellow of the Geological Society of UK.

 

 

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Research Overview


  • My key strength is the ability to work closely with industry in understanding and finding solutions to the real field problems and being able to disseminate the salient research outcomes to considerable and tangible industry benefits. I have consistently received major national competitive research grants through ARC-Discovery, ARC-Linkage and CRC-Rail over the past 15 years. This has enabled the Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering (GRE) founded by me a decade ago, now being recognised as one of the world’s most active and largest Subgrade Stabilisation and Rail Geomechanics research groups (currently accommodating 38 PhD students and 9 full-time Post-doctoral Research Fellows) with an annual research income over $2.2 million/year. GRE is one of the 3 Geotechnical Centres forming the ARC Centre for Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering funded in July 2010.

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Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Biological and Geochemical clogging of Piezometers in low-lying acid sulphate soils
    Doctor of Philosophy Experimental and Numerical Study of Granular (Ballast) Matrix with a Finer Rubber Fraction Subjected to Cyclic Loading
    Doctor of Philosophy Application of Used Conveyor Belts and Their Derivatives for Improved Performance of Rail Tracks
    Doctor of Philosophy 'Dynamic Track Analysis Considering the Effect of Rayleigh Waved Generated by Fast Heavy Haul Trains' Malisetty, Rakesh Sai
    Doctor of Philosophy Role of Prefabricated vertical drains in mitigating the effects of mud-pumping Singh, Mandeep
    Doctor of Philosophy Clogging of Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRBs) Samarakoon Jayasekara Mudiyanselage, Subhani
    Doctor of Philosophy influence of osmotic suction with tree roots on stability of surrounding soil Jayathilaka, Pubudu
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanisms of mud-pumping and effect of cohesionless fine content Korkitsuntornsan, Warantorn
    Doctor of Philosophy Performance of Vertical Drains in Mitigating Mud Pumping under Cyclic Train Loads- Numerical and Experimental Perspective Abeywickrama Bamunusing Kankanamge, Aruni Lakmali
    Doctor of Philosophy Improved performance of stabilised ballast in Rail Tracks Liu, Chuhao
    Doctor of Philosophy Role of Unsaturation in Compacted Waste Materials for Transport Infrastructure Tawk, Miriam
    Doctor of Philosophy Cyclic Behaviour and Associated Deformation of Subgrade Soil Subjected to Mud Pumping in Heavy Haul Railroads Truong, Hoang Minh
    Doctor of Philosophy Cyclic Loading Effect on the Shear Behavior of Unsaturated Soil-Infilled Rock Joints Soomro, Mairaj Hyder Alias Aamir
    Doctor of Philosophy Effect of Cyclic Loading on the stability of bedded or sediment infilled jointed rock with special reference to rail tunnels. Habaraduwa Peellage, Waranga
    Doctor of Philosophy Application of waste off-the road tyres in improving the lateral confinement in railway track Mishra, Soumyaranjan
    Doctor of Philosophy Track Substructure Inclusions for Reducing the Risk of Mud Pumping in heavy haul tracks Arivalagan, Joseph
    Doctor of Philosophy Modelling Transition Zones and Optimal Design Adjoining Tunnels and Bridges Sajjad, BABAR
    Doctor of Philosophy Heavy Haul Railroad Design Upgrading Based On Fundamental Track Dynamics Tucho, Ameyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Use of Rubber Tyres with Compacted Infill Materials to Minimise Track Degradation Mehmood, Fatima
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Application of Dynamic Consolidation with Vertical Drains for problematic railway subgrades Kadurugamuwa, Mihimal
    Doctor of Philosophy Application of Natural and or stabilized black soils as a sub-structural fills for railway track foundations Dzaklo, Courage
    Doctor of Philosophy Internal Instability of Granular Compacted Capping Layer in Railways Haq, Shay
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of jointed rock hydraulics on the stability of railway tunnels Cecilio Junior, Marlisio
    Doctor of Philosophy PVD-Pile Hybrid System under cycles loads applied as Soft Subgrade Solis Baral, Bibek
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Lattice Boltzman Method(LBM) coupled with Discrete Element Method (DEM) to model mud pumping under railways. Phan, Minh Nghi
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Cyclic Instability of Undrained Soft Subgrade Soil Novais Silva, Isabella
    Doctor of Philosophy Bio-Stabilisation of Track Construction Materials Gedela, Ramesh

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Research Overview


  • My key strength is the ability to work closely with industry in understanding and finding solutions to the real field problems and being able to disseminate the salient research outcomes to considerable and tangible industry benefits. I have consistently received major national competitive research grants through ARC-Discovery, ARC-Linkage and CRC-Rail over the past 15 years. This has enabled the Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering (GRE) founded by me a decade ago, now being recognised as one of the world’s most active and largest Subgrade Stabilisation and Rail Geomechanics research groups (currently accommodating 38 PhD students and 9 full-time Post-doctoral Research Fellows) with an annual research income over $2.2 million/year. GRE is one of the 3 Geotechnical Centres forming the ARC Centre for Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering funded in July 2010.

Selected Publications