Faculty of Science and Technology

Tolooiyan, Ali (Dr)

BSc, MSc, Ph.D., PD, MIEAust

Email: ali.tolooiyan@federation.edu.au

Room: 4W103

Phone: +61 3 5122 8341



Ali is a Senior Research Fellow at Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG) working in the areas of open-cut mining, foundation systems, tunnelling, soil dynamics and cutter soil mixing. He is currently supervising 5 Ph.D. students, mentoring one post-doctoral researcher, and leading the geotechnical and geomechanical division of GHERG. He works closely with industrial partners including Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Victorian Government), Energy Australia, GDF Suez, AGL Energy, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), BAUER Maschinen and Wagstaff Piling.

After graduation in BSc water engineering in 2005, Ali worked as a research engineer for Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Research Institute (SCWMRI), Iran, and as a consultant geotechnical engineer in various civil engineering projects. In 2006, he returned to the academy and moved to Malaysia to study MSc of geotechnical engineering in the field of stability of river and channel embankments at University Science Malaysia (USM) and worked closely with the Malaysia Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID). He subsequently joined University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland in 2008, as a Ph.D. researcher in geotechnical engineering in the field of shallow and deep foundations and finally completed his Ph.D. in 2010. After that, he was funded by UCD and worked as Post-Doctoral researcher in offshore geotechnical engineering at UCD Geotechnical Research Group (GRG) for one year.

In 2012, he moved to Australia and joined GHERG at Monash University as a Research Fellow and subsequently took a Senior Research Fellow position after GHERG decided to join FedUni in 2014.

He has taught as an associate lecturer, lecturer and visiting lecturer in advanced geotechnical engineering and numerical analysis at UCD, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), University of Tehran, Monash University, and Federation University Australia. Ali has consulted on a variety of national and international scale projects in the Middle-East, Europe, Asia and Australia.


PhD in Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics -National University of Ireland - University College Dublin (UCD)  Year awarded: 2011

Research and supervision interests

  • Applications of the numerical methods in geotechnical engineering
  • Slope stability and deep excavation
  • Offshore geotechnic
  • Constitutive models of engineering materials
  • Crack and fracture modelling
  • Computational mechanics
  • Response of cyclically loaded foundations
  • Static and cyclic triaxial testing
  • Piled foundations
  • Onshore and offshore geotechnical field investigation
  • Heat transfer in porous material
  • Cutter soil mixing

Professional status

  • Editor of Journal of Geosciences - SAP Publishing USA
  • Editor of Journal of Civil Engineering Research - SAP Publishing USA
  • Editor of Journal of Frontiers in Geosciences - AVS Publishing USA
  • Professional Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • Member of Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)
  • Member of Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)
  • Member of International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

Postgraduate research supervisions and mentoring

MSc Level
Mr Luke Tatnell (Graduated)
Institution: Monash University
Research Title: Advanced techniques in measuring large deformation shear strength of cohesive soils
Supervisor: Tolooiyan, A (Main)

PhD Level

Mr Zhan Tang
Institution: Monash University
Research Title: Analysis of Pressuremeter Testing and its Application in Geotechnical and Mining Engineering
Supervisor: Tolooiyan, A (Main supervisor)

Mr Kaveh Ranjbar Pouya
Institution: Federation University Australia
Research Title: Advanced Techniques for the Evaluation and Simulation of Cutter Soil Mixing
Supervisor: Tolooiyan, A (Main supervisor)

Mrs Negin Zhalehjoo
Institution: Federation University Australia
Research Title: A Nonlinear Model for Finite Element Analysis of Pavement Response
Supervisor: Tolooiyan, A (Main supervisor)

Ms Catherine Couling
Institution: Federation University Australia
Research Title: Analysis of time-dependent geotechnical factors affecting brown coal mine batter stability
Supervisor: Tolooiyan, A (Co-supervisor)

Mr Sid Rastogi
Institution: Federation University Australia
Research Title: Deep Aquifer Depressurisation Responses on Interseam Material(S) & Long Term Creep Movement in Brown Coal
Supervisor: Tolooiyan, A (Co-supervisor)

Post-doctoral level

Dr Wen Jianhua
Institution: Federation University Australia
Research Title: Hydraulic Fracturing in Brown Coal


Journal articles

Gavin, K., Doherty, P., and Tolooyian, A., 2014. Field investigation of the axial resistance of helical piles in dense sand. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51(11): 1343-1354

Tolooiyan, A., Mackay, R., Xue, J., 2014. Measurement of the Tensile Strength of Organic Soft Rock. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Volume 37, Issue 6

Hemmingway, P. and Tolooiyan, A., 2013. Numerical and Finite Element Analysis of Heat Transfer in a Closed Loop Geothermal System. International Journal of Green Energy, Vol. 11 (2), p.206-223

Tolooiyan, A. and Hemmingway, P., 2012. A preliminary study of the effect of groundwater flow on the thermal front created by borehole heat exchangers. International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies,
Vol. 7 (4), p.1-12

Rabbani, P., Daghigh, Y., Atrechian, M., Karimi, M. and Tolooiyan, A., 2012. The Potential of Lime and
Grand Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBFS) Mixture for Stabilisation of Desert Silty Sands. Journal of
Civil Engineering Research, 2(6), p.108-119

Hosseini, S.A.A., Mohammadnejad, M., and Tolooiyan, A., 2012. Numerical and Analytical Investigation of Ground Surface Settlement Due to Subway Excavation. Geosciences, 2(6), p.185-191

Gavin. K., and Tolooiyan. A., 2012. An Investigation of Correlation Factors Linking Footing Resistance on Sand with Cone Penetration Test Results. Computers and Geotechnics, vol. 46, p.84-92

Tolooiyan, A., and Gavin, K., 2012. Finite-element Analyses of the Base Resistance of Deep Foundations in Sand, ICE Geotechnical Engineering. Vol. 166, p.1-12

Gavin, K., Cadogan, D., Tolooiyan, A., and Casey, P., 2012. The Base Resistance of Non-Displacement Piles in Sand, ICE Geotechnical Engineering. Vol. 166, p.1-9

Tolooiyan, A., and Gavin, K., 2011. Modelling the Cone Penetration Test in Sand Using Cavity Expansion and Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Finite Element Methods, Computers & Geotechnics, Computers and Geotechnics, 38 (4), p.482-490

Donohue, S., Gavin, K. and Tolooiyan, A., 2011. Geophysical Assessment of a Railway Embankment Failure. Near Surface Geophysics. Vol.9, No.1, p. 33-44

Tolooiyan, A., Abustan, I., Selamat, M.R. and Ghaff ari, Sh., 2009. A Comprehensive Method for Analyzing the Effect of Geotextile Layers on Embankment Stability. Geotextiles and Geomembranes. Vol. 27 (5), p.399-405


  • English
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Kurdish
  • Indonesian/Malaysian