Dr Martin Murray
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
BiographyBroad area of research: Infrastructure
Main research areas
- 1991–Present: Railway track behaviour, dynamics and maintenance. Railway sleeper materials and performance (timber and concrete). Limit states design and rating of concrete sleepers.
- 1973–Present: Cracking in concrete structures.
- 1983–1990: Timber engineering
Dr Murray has received over $1,200,000 of funding for research and consulting in the following areas:
- Railways: track dynamics, track maintenance, track modulus, track substructure, sleeper behaviour and degradation, limit states design of track, track rating.
- Building: Cracking of concrete buildings, masonry columns, timber engineering.
This funding has been received from the following:
- Cooperative Research Centre in Railway Engineering and Technologies
- Australian Research Council
- Queensland Rail
- Australian Rail Track Corporation
- Railways of Australia
- Carter Holt Harvey.
Selected List of Awarded Grants
- 2010/12: $105,000 over 3 years for CRC Rail project on modelling force transmission through track.
- 2003/07: $253,000 over 4 years for studies of track dynamics, sleepers, maintenance.
- 2000: $40,000 over 2 years on a study of variability in rail track substructure.
- 1998: $16,000 on a study of uncertainty in rail degradation modelling.
- 1998: $9,800 on a study of rail track modulus.
- 1998: $28,100 on revisions needed to Australian Standard on prestressed concrete sleepers (recently commenced)
- 1998: $5000 on prediction of maintenance needs for timber sleepers
- 1996/98: $105,000 3 year grant on the optimisation of maintenance of rail track
- 1995/97: $332,000 3 year grant on degradation of rail rack.
Awards and recognitions
- 2014: Invited member of Singapore Interntional Mediation Centre Panel of Technical Experts.
- 2013: Invited member of Singapore Metro (SMRT)'s international Technical Advisory Panel.
- 2009: Australian Government National Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical Sciences and Related Areas. The Australian Learning & Teaching Council.
- 2009: QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award (Teaching).
- 2008: Award for Extensive Service to Peer Learning, University of Wollongong National PASS Centre.
- 2008: Railway Technical Soc. of Australasia’s National Award for Outstanding Service to Rail Industry.
- 2007: QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award.
- 2006: Australian Government Carrick Citation Award for outstanding contributions to student learning
- 2003: QUT Teaching Fellowship (12 months half time)
- 2001: Webb Prize, Institution of Civil Engineers London, for best Transport Journal paper in 2000
- 1999: QUT Built Environment and Engineering Faculty “Excellence in Teaching” Award
- 1998: QUT Outstanding Academic Contribution Award
- 1997: Nominated by QUT for National Award for Teaching (Australian Government)
- 1996: Most distinguished paper & outstanding contribution at 8th conf. Aust.Assoc.Eng’ring Education
- 1994 & 1996: Nominated for QUT Best Lecturer award
1992–Present: Lecturer then Senior lecturer in Civil Engineering, QUT
1981–1991: Lecturer then Senior lecturer in Civil Engineering, Central Queensland University and Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education
1977–1980: Lecturer in Civil Engineering, James Cook University
1973–1977: Researcher, University of Melbourne
1972: Engineer, Country Roads Board, Victoria
1983–Present: Specialist consultant to Australian companies and organisations in the areas of building and of railways
Degradation of railway tracks, Design of railway tracks, Dynamics of railway tracks, Maintenance of railway tracks
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
PhD (The University of Melbourne), BE (The University of Melbourne)
Professional memberships and associations
- Member of the Institution of Enginers, Australia.
- Member of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia.
- Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).
- Registered Professional Engineer, Queensland (RPEQ).
- Board Member, Rail Skills Australasia.
- Director, KCPM Consulting Pty Ltd.
- Railway infrastructure engineering (including track design, construction and maintenance; track geometry and track-train interaction; assets, environment and safety)
- Concrete structures and materials
- Timber structures and materials
- Structural design.
- Editorial Reviewer, Australasian Journal of Peer Learning
- Regular reviewer of papers (railways and building) for journals and conferences locally and internationally
- Past member of Standards Association of Australia code committee BD2/6
- Pastor of Revival Centres International church, 1981-present (active in areas of community support, counselling, leadership, ministering, and training).