Geotechnical, rock mechanics and pavement (GR&P) research group at Victoria University focuses on fundamental and applied research that builds knowledge to make civil infrastructures safer, more economical and sustainable.

The group consists of leading researchers who apply innovation and creativity into research in a broad range of applications.

Our state-of-the-art testing facilities and numerical simulation tools let us conduct cutting-edge research that makes positive impacts on society and the environment.

Maurice Guerrieri fire research facilities

Research areas

  • Shrink-swell behaviour of expansive soils
  • Rock mechanics and rock engineering
  • Hydraulic fracturing and induced seismicity
  • Recycled materials in pavement and geotechnical infrastructures
  • Unsaturated behaviour of geomaterials
  • Stress-strain response analysis of pavements

Research projects

  • Recycled material blends to improve the life of sewer infrastructures
  • Improved strength properties and volume change behaviour of expansive clay using recycled glass
  • Effect of tunnel fires on the integrity of the surrounding rock
  • Properties of weathered Basaltic rocks with varying degrees of weathering
  • Experimental study of visualizing hydraulic fracture propagation in a biaxial stress regime


Partners, funders & collaborators

  • Sustainability Victoria
  • City West Water
  • Ground Science Pty Ltd
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China

Contact us

To find out more about this research area contact:

Dr Wasantha Liyanage
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 5887

Dr Ehsan Yaghoubi
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9199 4804