School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology

Research facilities


Our state of the art geotechnical and geomechanical laboratory testing facilities, combined with our recent developments of new measurement sensors, ensure we can undertake precision testing of complex geotechnical materials for static analysis of engineering problems such as complex stress-strain behaviour in excavations, surface mining and tunnelling, or dynamic analysis of engineering problems such as road, railway and wind turbine foundations.

The GHERG geotechnical laboratory equipment includes:

  • Fully dynamic triaxial testing systems
  • Automated direct shear test machines
  • Large scale constant stiffness direct shear machine
  • Anisotropic pressure-meter testing chamber
  • Automatic proctor-CBR compactor
  • Fully automated pedometers
  • Automatic vibration compaction hammer
  • Ring shear test apparatus
  • Shear hand vane tester
  • Liquid limit cone penetrometer
  • Electromechanical sieve shaker with sieves
  • Falling head and constant head permeability testing apparatus
  • Pressure plate apparatus
  • High temperature furnace
  • High and low temperature ovens
  • Cool store for maintaining sample quality prior to testing
  • Wide range of cutting and shaping machines
  • Large scale soil and rock crusher/grinder

Field equipment

The field equipment includes:

  • Guelph Permeameter
  • Hood Infiltrometer

Computing hardware

The computing hardware includes:

  • Range of laptop and desktop computers
  • 2 Powerful 16 CPUs 2.4GHz power station

Computing software

The computing software includes:

  • Abaqus FEM/CFD (Implicit, Explicit and CAE)
  • COMSOL Multiphysics
  • Plaxis 3D 2015 (Static, Dynamic and PlaxFlow)
  • Plaxis 2D AE 2015 (Static, Dynamic and PlaxFlow)
  • SoilVision System 2D
  • SoilVision System 3D
  • Golden Surfer 2012
  • Matlab 2013
  • Autocad 2013
  • PMWIN8
  • ArcGIS