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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.

 

 

Top Publications


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.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


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Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessment of Bio-Geochemical Clogging in Permeable Reactive Barriers in Acid Sulphate Soil
    Doctor of Philosophy Cyclic Loading Effect on the Shear Behavior of Unsaturated Soil-Infilled Rock Joints
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of osmotic suction on the shear strength of root-permeated soil Jayathilaka, Pubudu
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanisms of mud-pumping and effect of cohesionless fine content Korkitsuntornsan, Warantorn
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of Subgrade Fluidisation under Cyclic Train Loads and Mitigation Measures Abeywickrama Bamunusing Kankanamge, Aruni Lakmali
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Lattice Boltzman Method(LBM) coupled with Discrete Element Method (DEM) to model mud pumping under railways. Phan, Minh Nghi

Credential Eligibility Attained


Awards And Honors


Full Name


  • Buddhima Indraratna

Located In Facility


Top Publications


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


Investigator On


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessment of Bio-Geochemical Clogging in Permeable Reactive Barriers in Acid Sulphate Soil
    Doctor of Philosophy Cyclic Loading Effect on the Shear Behavior of Unsaturated Soil-Infilled Rock Joints
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of osmotic suction on the shear strength of root-permeated soil Jayathilaka, Pubudu
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanisms of mud-pumping and effect of cohesionless fine content Korkitsuntornsan, Warantorn
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of Subgrade Fluidisation under Cyclic Train Loads and Mitigation Measures Abeywickrama Bamunusing Kankanamge, Aruni Lakmali
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Lattice Boltzman Method(LBM) coupled with Discrete Element Method (DEM) to model mud pumping under railways. Phan, Minh Nghi

Credential Eligibility Attained


Awards And Honors


Full Name


  • Buddhima Indraratna

Located In Facility