Our geotechnical research facilities here at Swinburne provide a national and international focus in geotechnical engineering and research support.
Equipped with state-of-the-art, fully automated geotechnical engineering equipment, our Geotechnical Laboratory is part of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Digital Construction at our Hawthorn campus.
The Geotechnical Laboratory underpins research by the Geotechnical Engineering group which has been successful in obtaining continuous research funding and consulting projects from industry, local, state and federal government.
geotechnics of pavements using recycled demolition materials
recycled waste materials in geotechnical engineering applications
geotechnical laboratory testing, field instrumentation and in-situ testing
ground improvement, soil stabilisation and geosynthetic applications
land reclamation and dredging
soft soils and problematic soils
footings on expansive clays
unsaturated soils mechanics
behaviour of mine tailings under static and cyclic loads
modelling and testing of alternative landfill covers.
Specialised and basic equipment
multi-directional cyclic simple shear facility
cyclic triaxial with local strain measurement
repeated load triaxial
four-point beam fatigue
static and dynamic indirect tensile strength
shear wave velocity using bender elements
unconfined compression strength
static triaxial and stress path and K0 triaxial
interface shear resistance for geosynthetics and soils (large and small)
direct shear and residual shear (large and small)
Rowe consolidation (large and small)
one dimensional consolidation
California Bearing Ratio
Los Angeles abrasion
all required basic geotechnical and pavement equipment.