Our Centre provides solutions to worldwide offshore foundation needs through high-quality and sophisticated modelling and experimental facilities. We are one of the world’s largest teams of internationally recognised researchers in offshore geomechanics.
The National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility (NGCF) is a world-leading geotechnical centrifuge modelling facility that brings together six Australian universities working on a wide range of geotechnical problems, both offshore and onshore.
The Numerical Modelling research stream develops innovative computational techniques and tools necessary to model offshore processes and infrastructure. We focus on developing computational algorithms capturing multi-phase sediment response, consolidation and strain rate effects in large deformation problems, multi-body hydrodynamic responses and non-linear soil-fluid-structure interaction.
Designed and built by UWA’s in-house technical team, the O-Tubes are recirculating flumes through which water is rapidly circulated, simulating extreme underwater wave and current conditions, perfect for studying scour and sediment transport problems.
The geotechnical testing laboratory facilities quantify physical, physical-chemical, thermal and other mechanical properties of geomaterials. The lab houses advanced testing equipment including a hollow cylinder apparatus, a resonant column device, a dynamic triaxial apparatus and cyclic simple shear devices.