Research interests

The primary interests of the Computational Geomechanics team lie in the areas of finite element analysis of geotechnical engineering problems, constitutive modelling of soils, unsaturated soils, contaminant transport through soils, artificial intelligence and geotechnical applications and application of optimisation and parameter identification to geotechnical engineering problems. The current research activities of the Computational Geomechanics team include:

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Modelling of hydraulic fracturing using Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM)
  • Soil stabilisation and reinforced soils
  • Constitutive modelling of geomaterials
  • Coupled hydro-thermo-mechanical FE modelling of unsaturated soils
  • Modelling of behaviour of expansive soils
  • Data mining in Civil & Geotechnical engineering
  • Development of a new underground storm water attenuation system

Geoenvironmental Engineering

  • Numerical modelling and control of seawater intrusion
  • FE modelling of flow and contaminant transport in unsaturated soils
  • Stochastic finite element method and application to modelling of flow and contaminant transport in soils
  • Management of groundwater resources
  • Decision Support System for management of contaminated land

Engineering Optimization

  • Design and tailoring of microstructure of materials for prescribed material properties
  • Development of integrated simulation-optimisation models

Self-learning finite element method

  • A unified framework for modelling of material behaviour in FEA


  • Development of a new knee brace system for OA patients