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Wanniarachchige, Gnamani Pabasara Dr

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering

Overview


Dr Pabasara Wanniarachchige(W. G. P. Kumari) is a Lecturer in the School of Civil, Mining, and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong. She holds PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from Monash University. Her research interests include geomechanics, deep geothermal extraction, reservoir stimulation with conventional and unconventional techniques (hydraulic fracturing, non-water based fracturing, and rock fragmentation), unconventional gas extraction (shale gas and coal seam gas), geological storage of hydrogen, mining, and industrial waste utilization of geotechnical applications.  She has developed new techniques to simulate unconventional reservoirs, laboratory-scale hydraulic fracturing, rock-fluid interactions, and micro-mechanical characterization of reservoir rocks. 

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Research Overview


    • Geothermal extraction
    • Reservoir stimulation (hydraulic fracturing, thermal fracturing, non-water-based fracturing, and rock fragmentation)
    • Unconventional gas extraction (shale gas and coal seam gas)
    • Geological storage of hydrogen
    • Soil stabilization techniques
    • Industrial waste utilization for civil and geotechnical applications

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Energy pile foundation systems for residential and commercial applications
    • Hydro-fracturing and other innovative reservoir stimulation techniques for geothermal reservoirs/ depleted and tight reservoirs
    • Industrial/mining waste utilization for civil and geotechnical applications

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Research - EIS Experimental study on the Swell behavior of Steel Furnace Slag Sunkara, Yeshwanth
    Doctor of Philosophy Non-conventional and eco-friendly approach for problematic soil stabilisation with special reference to rural road construction Saju, Alex Malekudy

Education And Training


  • Bachelor of Science (First Class), University of Ruhuna, Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014
  • Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, Monash University, Civil Engineering, Thesis title : Stimulation of Heat Extraction of Hot Dry Rocks 2018

Teaching Overview


  • I am passionate about sharing my experience through tertiary education. I teach a wide range of subjects related to geotechnical engineering, construction and surveying and try to integrate my research and practical experience into the subjects wherever possible.
    My teaching philosophy favours the project-based learning (PBL) approach, which requires students’ pro-active participation and knowledge sharing in a practice setting. This student-centred learning approach is implemented by integrating interactive lecture materials followed by discussions, tutorials, laboratory/field experiences, and group projects inspired by practical applications to improve students’ learning experiences.

Keywords


  • Geothermal, hydraulic fracturing, coupled processes, fracture permeability, thermal damage, rock micro-structure, energy piles, soil stabilization

Full Name


  • Gnamani Pabasara Kumari Wanniarachchige

Mailing Address


  • School of Civil, Mining, and Environmental Engineering,

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences,

    University of Wollongong, Wollongong,

    New South Wales

    2500

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • U-1298-2019

Research Overview


    • Geothermal extraction
    • Reservoir stimulation (hydraulic fracturing, thermal fracturing, non-water-based fracturing, and rock fragmentation)
    • Unconventional gas extraction (shale gas and coal seam gas)
    • Geological storage of hydrogen
    • Soil stabilization techniques
    • Industrial waste utilization for civil and geotechnical applications

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Energy pile foundation systems for residential and commercial applications
    • Hydro-fracturing and other innovative reservoir stimulation techniques for geothermal reservoirs/ depleted and tight reservoirs
    • Industrial/mining waste utilization for civil and geotechnical applications

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Research - EIS Experimental study on the Swell behavior of Steel Furnace Slag Sunkara, Yeshwanth
    Doctor of Philosophy Non-conventional and eco-friendly approach for problematic soil stabilisation with special reference to rural road construction Saju, Alex Malekudy

Education And Training


  • Bachelor of Science (First Class), University of Ruhuna, Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014
  • Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, Monash University, Civil Engineering, Thesis title : Stimulation of Heat Extraction of Hot Dry Rocks 2018

Teaching Overview


  • I am passionate about sharing my experience through tertiary education. I teach a wide range of subjects related to geotechnical engineering, construction and surveying and try to integrate my research and practical experience into the subjects wherever possible.
    My teaching philosophy favours the project-based learning (PBL) approach, which requires students’ pro-active participation and knowledge sharing in a practice setting. This student-centred learning approach is implemented by integrating interactive lecture materials followed by discussions, tutorials, laboratory/field experiences, and group projects inspired by practical applications to improve students’ learning experiences.

Keywords


  • Geothermal, hydraulic fracturing, coupled processes, fracture permeability, thermal damage, rock micro-structure, energy piles, soil stabilization

Full Name


  • Gnamani Pabasara Kumari Wanniarachchige

Mailing Address


  • School of Civil, Mining, and Environmental Engineering,

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences,

    University of Wollongong, Wollongong,

    New South Wales

    2500

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • U-1298-2019

Research Areas