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Geometric characterisation of pre-1940 masonry buildings in Brisbane

This project is to characterize Brisbane masonry building details that are associated with the greatest potential earthquake risk. It will be done through online and street surveys including photographic survey and further desktop study. …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Addressing contemporary urban planning and development challenges

The research aims to address a contemporary urban planning and development challenge by focusing on one of the following three broad research areas:Investigation into intelligent urban technologies and formation of smart citiesResearch topics in this area include:urban technologysmart citiessmart communitiestechnology convergence and built environmentubiquitous eco-citysmart urban and transport modellingautonomous vehiclesintelligent urban management systemsonline public participatory planningweb-based decision/planning support systems.Investigation into knowledge-based urban development and formation of knowledge citiesResearch topics in this area include:knowledge-based urban/regional developmentknowledge citiescreative urban regionsknowledge economyknowledge industriesknowledge …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Civil engineering
Property and planning
Environmental technologies
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire resistant wall panels

This project will investigate the structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire-resistant, cement-based blocks and wall panels. It includes axial compression tests and fire resistance tests of individual blocks currently available in the industry. The performance will be summarized based on the raw materials and the mix proportion of the blocks. …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Structural health monitoring: Cooling towers

Most of our infrastructure is built to last a long time. But during their service lives, they may experience distress due to structural deterioration, environmental effects, random actions such as impacts and seismic activity and change in loading.Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) has emerged as an appropriate technique to monitor the health of our infrastructure and detect damage at its on-set. SHM is particularly appropriate for large structures such as bridges, dams and cooling towers in which some parts of the …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

How safe are our wall structures under the shadow of increased seismic hazard level in AS1170.4?

In 2018, the Australian Earthquake Loading Code AS1170.4 and two major structural design standards (AS3600 and AS3700) have made significant revisions. These changes potentially affect the safety of wall structures that are significant components that save the buildings (especially 3 - 30 stories high) from earthquake events.The AS1170.4 has increased the minimum seismic hazard coefficient from 0.05 to 0.08 (an increase of 60%) across Australia; many major population centers, including Brisbane are affected by this change.Concurrently, the Concrete Structures Design …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Structural fire design of bushfire resistant residential buildings

This project aims to investigate the structural fire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of bushfire characteristics, radiant and convective heat rates, type and materials used to construct bushfire safe houses, structural and fire performance of external wall and roof panels, structural design requirements and testing procedures. This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Civil engineering
Construction and project management
Property and planning

Structural fire design of bushfire resistant residential buildings.

This project aims to investigate the structural fire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of bushfire characteristics, radiant and convective heat rates, type and materials used to construct bushfire safe houses, structural and fire performance of external wall and roof panels, structural design requirements and testing procedures. This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Civil engineering
Construction and project management
Property and planning

Modelling the dewatering of sugarcane biomass

The extraction of juice from sugar cane straw results in a final product (bagasse) moisture close to 48%. In Australia approximately 9 million tonnes are produced each year. There are many uses for bagasse, however in Australia it is mainly burnt in boilers to provide steam and electricity in sugar factories, as well as exporting to the electricity grid. Because sugar cane absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, bagassse is a green house gas neutral fuel.A reduction of moisture from …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Mechanical systems and asset management
Civil engineering
Applied and computational mathematics
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Longitudinal defect of rail in bridge transition zones

Rail bridge transition zone is vulnerable to several early life damages: (1) dip/ hanging sleepers; (2) track buckling; & (3) Rail pull-apart (fracture) - the first is caused by vertical impact forces coused by passing trains and the second and the third are caused by extreme weather followed by severe braking/ traction actions of trains imparting longitudinal forces. Transition zones, therefore, require high level of maintenance. There are no automated inspection system currently available and hence only manual inspections are …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Development of structural walling system using interlockable dry stack concrete blocks

Structural/ non-structural walls add significantly to construction cost and time; one of the main contributors to this is the need for highly skilled masons whose number is on the decline. This situation adds to the woes of housing affordability particularly to the younger generation in Australia. With a view to addressing this problem, Adbri Masonry has developed an interlocking dry stackable hollow concrete blocks and obtained international patent. These blocks can be used as lego blocks by semi/unskilled labour for …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Intelligent transport systems

With the advancement in technology, new sources of transportation data (including traffic and transit, among others) have emerged which can potentially facilitate and even revolutionise transport modelling and simulation.My research team focuses on various aspects of the exploitation of emerging data for network planning, operations, management and control. This includes:New insights in travel behaviour modelling, traffic state estimation and predictionTravel patterns and multimodal travel behaviourTransit network monitoring, modelling or controlApplication of data from connected and autonomous vehicleData driven operation of …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Disciplines
Civil engineering
Computer human interaction
Data science
Information security
Vision and signal processing
Applied and computational mathematics
Statistics and operations research
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Displacement behaviour of FRP-retrofitted concrete and masonry structures

This project has been defined for a vacation research student who is interested in earthquake-strengthening studies.A large number of older low ductile reinforced concrete and/or masonry buildings exist in Brisbane City and Australia. These types of buildings have a demonstrated poor performance in earthquakes. One way to strengthen the buildings is the use of Fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP). Although a lot of research has been conducted in this area, they mostly focus on a strength criteria. This study has been proposed …

Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

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