Redesigning the rules for fire resistance safety
Professor Mahen Mahendran and his research team have been awarded a $250,000 Australian Research Council (ARC) grant to investigate fire resistance in building materials. The research could have benefits worldwide for the steel industry, construction sector and create safer structures for all.Read more about the project
Better transport systems through specialised research
Our Transport Research Group works with industry and government partners to find solutions in a range of focused research areas; from intelligent transport systems to traffic engineering and transport infrastructure asset management.Find out more about our Transport Research Group
Our vehicular impact research
Dr Sabrina Fawzia and Professor David Thambiratnam have been awarded an ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant to develop a new National Drop Weight Impact Testing Facility, where they'll trial the effects of high impact vertical drops on construction materials and structures.
Smart buildings that predict earthquakes
Professor Tommy Chan received an ARCl grant to further his research into transforming traditional civil structures into smart structures that can accurately identify conditions like earthquakes - and automatically notify the infrastructure management for maintenance.
Civil engineering is the design, planning, construction and operation society's infrastructure.
Civil engineering also adapts infrastructure to meet real-world challenges such as overpopulation, natural disasters and climate change.
Whether it's supplying electricity to a remote village, or finding new ways to recycle waste, civil engineers truly shape the world we live in today.
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- disaster perception and risk mitigation
- distance education in civil and construction engineering
- extreme event scenarios
- costing, bidding, IT, and business procedures in transportation construction projects
- materials recycling and re-use in the construction industry.
- soil-pile interactions
- soil properties and their effects
- properties and uses of advanced geosynthetics
- slope instability problems.
- structural health monitoring
- vibration in slender structures: composite floors and bridges
- thin walled metal structures
- reinforced and prestressed concrete masonry structures
- structures under impact, wind, fire, explosion and seismic events
- rail track and level crossing safety.
- transport planning and engineering
- travel behaviour analysis and modelling
- transport network optimisation and modelling
- transport data management systems
- traffic and public transport operations
- transport safety.
Water resources and hydrologic engineering
- stormwater treatment and bioretention
- pollutant wash-off modelling
- heavy metals in run off and retention basins
- factors affecting water quality
- wetlands and urban water quality.
New generation facility for impact testing. This project aims to develop a new generation, national-impact testing facility to study the impact response of civil and mechanical structures and components.
This project is essential for research on rational design philosophies and effective retrofitting of high-risk buildings, infrastructure and armoured vehicles. Benefits include the saving of lives and property through new knowledge from credible impact testing.
This project aims to develop an innovative block with lightweight and fire resistant characteristics by using pumice and perlite materials, followed by wall systems using the blocks. The project will generate new knowledge on lightweight blocks and fire safety, and develops cost-effective fire safe solutions for mid-rise buildings and bushfire safe rooms.
Ongoing increases in the number of level crossings and heavy road vehicles cause more frequent and severe level crossing accidents and derailments. Despite the use of active warning systems, each year, on average, 100 level crossing accidents occur in Australia. With a view to mitigating these crashes, this research aims to formulate theories for reduction in crash energy and effective wheel constraints to prevent derailment by modifying the levels of road and rail crossings and providing guard rails in the recesses of these modified level crossings.
The theories are intended be developed using nonlinear dynamic computational methods and laboratory experiments. The outcomes are expected to enable reduction in the severity of level crossing accidents and hence save lives and costs of derailment.
Transforming traditional civil structures into smart structures that can accurately identify current and future structural deterioration conditions
This project plans to develop innovative structural deterioration evaluation systems using output-only vibration data and versatile optimisation algorithms to enable long-term deterioration assessment and maintenance management even under demanding operating conditions. Expected project outcomes will enhance structural safety and maintenance efficiency.
This project intends to develop novel cold-formed light-gauge steel frame (LSF) wall systems with superior fire resistance and energy ratings for use in buildings.The project plans to investigate fundamental thermal, structural and energy performances of LSF walls and their components using experimental and numerical studies. The aim of the project is to use enhanced materials with innovative wall configurations to significantly improve the fire and energy performance of LSF walls.
Some of our industry and community partners include:
- Australian Rail Track Corporation
- Boral Masonry
- Brisbane Airport Corporation
- Brisbane City Council
- Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure
- Concrete Masonry Association of Australia
- CRC for Rail Innovation
- Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland
- Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland
- Gold Coast City Council
- Logan City Council
- Port of Brisbane Corporation, Queensland
- Rockhampton Regional Council
- Southeast University, PR China
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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