Prof Buddhima Indraratna will receive the prestigious Louis Menard Award from the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) for his contributions to the field of Ground Improvement. He will receive the award and deliver the 4th Louis Menard Memorial Lecture in mid-2017 in Seoul at the 19th ISSMGE conference, which is held every 4 years in a different City/Country, and is attended by over 1500 participants.
We recently celebrated Buddhima's award from RTSA (The Railway Technical Society of Australasia) for his outstanding contribution to Australian Railway Engineering. The Hon. Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, presented the award to Buddhima at the RTSA Annual Dinner at the NSW Parliament House. You can see Buddhima's group of support at the award ceremony below (also supported Buddhima but not in this photo were his wife Manori, Prof Chris Cook and Prof Tim Marchant). Providing additional support to the "heavy metal" award is our long-time supporter from the Railway Industry Mr David Christie. Please follow this UOW weblink to the full story https://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW203883.html
The GRE research work on ground improvement, transport infrastructure performance, soil stabilization and behavior of compacted materials was showcased in numerous technical sessions of the International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering (ICGE) in Colombo.
Ana Heitor (LicEng, MEng, PhD, MIEAust) Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering, ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Prof. Buddhima Indraratna delivered a keynote lecture on the ground improvement approaches for enhancing the performance of transport infrastructure. The lecture was delivered in front of a packed audience, following the inaugural function of the International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering (ICGE) in Colombo.
Professor Buddhima Indraratna is featured in the ABC 702 East Sydney news bulletin (10 July), discussing the high speed rail project that he is leading as part of a $1.2million industry and Federal Government Linkage Grant. Contributing industry partners to the project are the National Jute Board of the Government of India, Coffey Geotechnics Pty Ltd, Douglas Partners Pty Ltd and Soilwicks Australia.
Australian coastal soft clays pose significant construction challenges for rapidly-expanding urban transportation infrastructure such as railways. This has triggered a search for innovative ground improvement techniques as a research and development priority in light of the use of considerably heavier and faster trains. Helping to lead the country in this research is an engineering team from the University of Wollongong who recently was acknowledged for its efforts by winning an internationally recognised award which will be presented to the successful team in London this October.