SINNIAH NAVARATNARAJAH ANNOUNCED AS A WINNER OF THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP VIDEO CHALLENGE

Global Challenges provides ten $2,000 Travel Scholarships to existing PhD Scholarship through a 2 minute Video Challenge.

Judged by the Global Challenges Program Leaders, videos are assessed on the quality of the research project, how well the project addresses one of the Global Challenges and the quality of the presentation. With nearly 50 applications, Sinniah Navaratnarajah has been announced as a winner of the PhD Travel Scholarship. Sinniah can use his scholarship to conduct fieldwork, attend conferences, or take part in research exchange.

Watch his winning video:

PROFESSOR BUDDHIMA INDRARATNA DELIVERS KEYNOTE LECTURE AT ICGE COLOMBO

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna delivered a keynote lecture on the ground improvement approaches for enhancing the performance of transport infrastructure. The lecture was delivered in front of a packed audience, following the inaugural function of the International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering (ICGE) in Colombo.

GRE RESEARCH SHOWCASED AT ICGE COLOMBO

The GRE research work on ground improvement, transport infrastructure performance, soil stabilization and behavior of compacted materials was showcased in numerous technical sessions of the International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering (ICGE) in Colombo.

Vital track research gains international recognition

Australian coastal soft clays pose significant construction challenges for rapidly-expanding urban transportation infrastructure such as railways.

Australian coastal soft clays pose significant construction challenges for rapidly-expanding urban transportation infrastructure such as railways.

This has triggered a search for innovative ground improvement techniques as a research and development priority in light of the use of considerably heavier and faster trains.

Helping to lead the country in this research is an engineering team from the University of Wollongong who recently was acknowledged for its efforts by winning an internationally recognised award which will be presented to the successful team in London this October.

GRE INVITED TO 50TH ANNIVERSARY IGC

The annual IGC is one of the largest Asian geotechnical conferences, where under the auspices of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), India forms one of the 3 largest geotechnical societies in the world.

The 50th Anniversary of the Indian Geotechnical Congress (IGC) is anticipated to be held in grand style in the City of Pune in December this year, an ideal venue close to IIT-Bombay and numerous Central Government Research Centres in India, with a large number of international visitors. For this special 50th anniversary IGC, among numerous invitees, the Indian Geotechnical Society has invited our Centre for Geomechanics & Railway Engineering (GRE) to be a major international participant.

Buddhima has been invited to deliver one of the four International Keynote Presentations, while Cholachat, Sanjay and Vinod have been invited to give Theme Lectures during this celebratory event which is expected to attract over 1000 delegates. This is clear evidence of reaping the benefits of strong connections our School has with Indian Institutions (currently MOUs with four IITs) and Central Government Organisations (e.g. Ministry of Textiles injecting $190,000 in cash last year for the successful ARC-Linkage project on Biodegradable Jute Drains for Soft Clay improvement), that has also resulted in a significant number of Endeavour Fellows and PhD students from Indian Institutions currently attached to the Centre-GRE.

BUDDHIMA INDRARATNA INVITED TO DELIVER SPECIAL LECTURES

The Southeast Asian Geotechnical Conference (SEAGC) is a major event of geotechnical community. GRE Director Buddhima Indraratna has been invited to deliver the Distinguished Special Lecture of the 19th SEAGC in June 2016. He will speak about “Advancements in Rail Track Geotechnology at Increased Speeds and Axle Loads” . Moreover, Buddhima received another invitation from President of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to deliver the “Inaugural Presidential Professorial Lecture” offered to International Professors in all fields of science and technology to be held in August this year. This the most prestigious lecture started by the new President of AIT Prof Worasak Kanok-Nukulchai who is in fact happens to be a Professor of Structural Engineering (formerly at UC-Berkeley).

GRE MEMBERS NEWLY APPOINTED TO INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEES

GRE members Vinod Jayan Sylaja and Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn have been newly appointed to two important committees of International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) for the next 4 years as the Australian Representatives.

  • Vinod – TC105 – Micro to Macro Geomechanics
  • Cholachat – TC214: Foundations in Difficult Soil Conditions

Buddhima Indraratna will be continuing as core member of TC211- Ground Improvement and TC202 – Transport Geotechnics.

UDESHINI PATHIRAGE ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL-AUSTRALIA AWARD

The New Zealand Geotechnical Society and the Australian Geomechanics Society recently held the 12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics (ANZ 2015) in Wellington, New Zealand. At this conference, University of Wollongong’s Dr Udeshini Pathirage was announced as the winner of the Young Professional-Australia Award.

Professor Buddhima Indraratna to deliver Inaugural Proctor Lecture in 2016

Professor Buddhima Indraratna has achieved one of the highest honours in the field of Transport Geotechnics, the Inaugural Ralph Proctor Lecture. The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) established the “Proctor lecture” in August 2013 in Paris to recognise outstanding professionals who have contributed to the field of ground transportation infrastructure.

Ralph Roscoe Proctor was a famous army engineer in USA during the 1st world war who invented the Soil Compaction Theory. At a recent meeting of relevant ISSMGE Technical Committees and the Transportation Research Board (USA) in Washington, the decision was made to award this Inaugural Ralph Proctor Lecture to Buddhima, who is expected to deliver it in Portugal in Sept. 2016 at the next International Transportation Conference.