The 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 allow us to conduct cutting-edge research that makes positive impacts on society and the environment in line with United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

Research areas

  • Behaviour and improvement of the properties 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

  • Sustainable pavement structures (VU RISE)
  • Sustainable residential foundation systems (VU RISE)
  • Sustainable ground improvement techniques (VU RISE)
  • Recycled material blends to improve the life of sewer infrastructures (Sustainability Victoria)
  • Improved strength properties and volume change behaviour of expansive clay using recycled glass
  • Effect of tunnel fires on the integrity of the surrounding rock
  • Experimental study of visualising hydraulic fracture propagation in a biaxial stress regime

Staff & HDR students


HDR students

  • Sejani Mediliye Gedara
  • Kiran Sapkota

The geotechnical, rock mechanics and pavement research group with Vice-Chancellor Adam Shoemaker and Professor Corinne Reid.

Partners, funders & collaborators

  • Access Consulting Engineers
  • Boral
  • Sustainability Victoria
  • Greater Western Water
  • Ground Science Pty Ltd
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • Socobell
  • Wyndham City Council

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