Indraratna, Buddhima N. Professor

Distinguished Professor

  • School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Coordinator - Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering

Overview


Prof. Buddhima Indraratna is a graduate in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, and completed his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Alberta, Canada. Having worked in Civil Engineering Industry for a number of years, he decided to join academia. Currently he is Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Wollongong, Australia, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering (GRE) and Program Leader of Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Geotechnics. Prof. Indraratna has been an active geotechnical consultant and a UNDP expert for various geotechnical projects in both Australia and overseas. Prof. Indraratna was a recipient of Swedish Geotechnical Society award in 1999, Robert Quigley Honourable award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2007 and 2011, and IACMAG Excellent Contributions Award in 2008. In 2009, Prof. Indraratna was honoured by the Business and Higher Education Round Table award for Outstanding Contributions to Rail Innovations by the Australian Commonwealth Government. In 2010, he delivered the E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture of the Australian Geomechanics Society for his distinguished contributions from Theory to Practice in Geotechnical Engineering. He is the recipient of the ISSMGE's 2015 Ralph Roscoe Proctor Award and Lecture (to be delivered in Portugal in 2016). In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Transport Medal by Engineers Australia for his contributions to transport infrastructure engineering. He won the prestigious CS Desai medal of IACMAG in 2014, and the RTSA (Railway Technical Society of Australasia) in 2015. He has been a Keynote Speaker and Invited Guest Lecturer at over 45 international conferences. He has published over 500 articles in refereed journals and conferences, and is the author of 6 books and 200 peer-reviewed Journal papers. He has supervised about 45 PhD graduates and 25 Postdoctoral Fellows thus far. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), Fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE)and Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), United Kingdom.

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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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Selected Publications


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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 A Study on Interaction Between Pile and Prefabricated Vertical Drain in Soft Clay Zhu, Dongli
    Doctor of Philosophy Consolidation of Natural Vertical Drains Installed in Soft Soils Choudhary, Kirti
    Doctor of Philosophy Use of Under Sleeper Pads (USP) to Mitigate Ballast Degradation Jayasuriya, Chamindi
    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 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 Geohydraulics of Granular Filters under Extreme Conditions for Dams and 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

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  • Buddhima Indraratna

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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