Active Collaborations

Sustainability of Research Strength & Active Collaborations

Keen and active collaborations between members within the group, with external Universities (e.g. Newcastle JCU, UTS, CQU,University, University of Western Australia, University of Technology, Sydney UWS) and Industry Partners can be clearly reflected by co-authorship of scholarly articles and interim reports, and ARC-Linkage projects.

A major application for an ARC Centre for Excellence is now underway as a joint collaboration among Newcastle, UWA and UOW. Soil-Structure interaction and numerical modelling research introduced through rail and geotechnical engineering projects (ARC and CRC) has actively promoted the collaborations between geotechnical, structural and mining engineers, including the joint supervision of students and joint management of projects.

Coffey Geotechnics the largest geotechnical firm in Australia is involved in 3 ARC-Linkage project, while QLD. Dept of Main Roads have supported 4 Linkage projects thus far. RailCorp have funded 2 ARC-Linkage in the past, and fully supported 5 CRC-Rail projects thus far.

Other actively collaborating Industry Partners include:


  • Roads and Maritime Services (NSW)
  • Department of Main Roads (Queensland)
  • Aurizon
  • Sydney Trains
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Coffey Geotechnics
  • Douglas Partners
  • Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation
  • Chemstab
  • Port Kembla Port Corporation
  • Polyfabrics (Australia)
  • Soilwick
  • GHD
  • Austress Menard
  • BHP Illawarra Coal
  • ARTC,
  • SMEC
  • Wollongong and Shoalhaven City Councils
  • Manildra,
  • SCT Ltd.
  • Menard,
  • GHD,.


International collaborations through ARC-DP, ARC-L, CRC-Rail, UIC-International and EEU include:

  • AIT (Thailand)
  • Nottingham (UK)
  • INPG (France)
  • ETH-Zurich
  • NTU and NUS (Singapore)
  • Uni. of Illinois
  • Urbana-Champaign and Central Florida University (USA)
  • Uni. of Alberta and Laval Poly. (Canada) and HKUST.  


Last reviewed: 23 October, 2014