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Engineering - Civil and Structural

UON ranked in the world's top 100 for Engineering - Civil and Structural

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia's Civil and Structural Engineering discipline has been ranked in the top 100 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Dr Igor Chaves

Dr Igor Chaves, Research Academic, School of Engineering

From buildings that are more resilient to terrorist attacks, to more reliable water supplies, safer deep sea pipelines and ways to protect our naval fleet, the University of Newcastle’s civil engineers are applying their research to improving the infrastructure of modern life.

Dr Igor Chaves is currently undertaking a research project aimed at improving the long-term structural integrity of the Australian defence force vessels and infrastructure. The project aligns directly with one of the major priorities of the defence industry which is investing heavily to ensure safety and longevity of its assets. It also has the potential to develop competitive, best-practice ship building practices in Australia.

Dr Chaves works closely the University’s world-renowned marine corrosion expert Professor Robert Melchers, who was part of an international team of researchers and industry partners that won the 2016 International Water Association award for innovation. The award recognised their work on solving a major water-supply problem: failure in critical pipes to deliver fresh water.

Tackling the area of water security from a different angle, Professor George Kuczera applies statistical methods in hydrology and water resources, developing ground-breaking decision support systems that help mitigate the risks of both flood and drought. His colleague Associate Professor George Kouretzis' takes a geotechnical approach to examining the behavior of pipelines crossing soil deposits that are sensitive to environmental and climate change effects, areas susceptible to mine subsidence, or zones of high seismic activity.

Meanwhile, Professor Mark Stewart is developing probabilistic risk-modelling techniques for infrastructure subject to military and terrorist explosive blasts, as well as cost-benefit assessments of counterterrorism protection measures. His team also applies risk assessment methods to evaluate the impact of climate change on damage and safety risks to infrastructure.

This strong foundation of expertise and focus on building a more resilient world feeds into UON’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) and Master of Professional Engineering programs.

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