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Our Professional Services
The Department of Civil Engineering is providing its professional service to Industry, Engineering Professional bodies and the wider community. Academic and research staff of the department are actively involved in industry based research in general areas of civil engineering, mining engineering and petroleum industry applications.
The department is very committed to deliver high quality research outputs that are of immediate relevance to Australian industry. It has been working with a large number of industry partners in an attempt to solve some of their key technical problems, while at the same time it is helping them to build their capacity internally. Some of the key industrial projects are outlined below.
Fatigue behaviour of Dragline tubular structures
The aim of this project is to investigate fatigue failures that occur in tubular dragline structures used in mining. The project will lead to lower manufacturing and operational costs and a reduced catastrophic failure risk, which will increase the international competitiveness of Australia's mining industry.
Investigation of strength, permeability, deformability and failure mechanisms of rock slopes in large open pit mines
Slope failure can cause extensive delay in mining operation. Open-Pit mine excavation would cause a substantial redistribution of both stress and fluid pressure within a region of the order of 100 m or more around the excavation. Proper assessment of discontinuities, stress and potential water infiltration, on potential slope instability, is therefore very crucial.
The aims of this project are:
Prediction and controlling of pipe failures in buried water and gas pipe systems
Extensive buried pipe networks are used to convey water and gas services. As these pipes age, unexpected pipe bursts have become commonplace, exerting severe burden on society. Considering the current scarcity of water and gas resources, the wastage of these precious commodities must be minimised at all costs. Pipe burst occurs due to a complex interaction of a range of factors including pipe and soil type and the climate. As the pressures of climate change mount, this issue is becoming ever more important. The objective of the ARC Linkage project is to provide scientific understanding of the pipe burst problem, and develop improved methods for proactive pipe network management, rehabilitation and renewal.
In September 2012, Monash University's A/Prof. Jayantha Kodikara participated in an interview on the ABC's 7.30 Report on water pipeline failures that occurred in South Australia. In Adelaide city centre, a particular pipeline, which was a 200 mm diameter cast iron pipe, burst twice in one week. Note in the interview that the optical fibre work, which A/Prof. Kodikara and his team started with Melbourne Water and then continued in the Critical Pipes Project, got a highlight in relation to monitoring of newly laid pipelines.
Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration
The main aims of FAWB are to:
The specific outcomes of FAWB’s work will be innovative stormwater biofilter technologies underpinned by new scientific knowledge about the key physical, chemical and biological performances. FAWB is also developing design specifications for biofilters that form the basis for written technical guidelines to accompany legislation/regulation.
Academic staff represent the department as editorial board members in various local and international reputed journals (see selected list below), and as grant assessors/reviewers for competitive grants (ARC) schemes and overseas granting bodies including European Community Frameworks
Selected list of Editorial Boards: