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Jubert Pineda is Civil Engineer from the Santo Tomas University (Bogotá, Colombia). He received a Master Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the National University of Colombia (2004) and also a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona) in 2012. At present he is Research Academic at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering in the University of Newcastle Australia.  


  • PhD (Geotechnical Engineering), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - Spain, 02/03/2012
  • Master of Civil Engineering (Geotechnics), National University of Columbia - Bogota -Columbia, 01/10/2004
  • Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering), Universidad Santo Tomas - Columbia, 04/03/2002


Research keywords

  • Bender elements
  • Development of laboratory devices for soil/rock testing
  • Geomechanics
  • Hydro-mechanical behaviour of argillaceous rocks
  • Sampling and laboratory testing of soft soils
  • Soil/rock microstructure
  • Unsaturated soil/rock mechanics

Research expertise

Most of my research experience has been focused on studying the hydro-mechanical behaviour of geomaterials (soils and rocks) when subjected to the actions of civil engineering structures (dams, tunnels, slopes) and well as their interaction with the environment (i.e., mechanical and hydraulic loads). It is worth noted the particular emphasis on studying the influence of environmental effects (i.e., relative humidity or total suction effects) on the progressive degradation of argillaceous rocks and their consequences on the stability of civil engineering structures (slopes, dams and tunnels).

The mechanical behaviour of compacted soils has been another of my research interest due to the key role played by compacted soils in most civil engineering structures (embankments, dams, roads). In this field, the research has been focussed on the influence of suction on the soil shear strength.

The influence of sampling on the induced disturbance in soft soils is another of my research fields due to the main role played by sampling in the determination of geotechnical parameters (obtained from laboratory tests). A comprehensive study focused on the quantification of sample disturbance induced by sampling in soft soils from Barcelona region (Spain) was carried out for this purpose.


  • English
  • Spanish

Fields of Research

090500Civil Engineering70
091599Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified15
050399Soil Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified15


Dr. Jubert Pineda has been involved in different research and consulting projects related with unsaturated soil mechanics, stability analysis of dams founded on argillaceous rocks as well as with high-quality sampling in soft soils at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC). His current research interests include unsaturated soils and rocks, mechanics of natural soft clays and more recently Geo-Engineering problems related to Energy and Sustainability.


Administrative expertise


Teaching keywords

  • Geomechanics 2

Teaching expertise

I've been occasional Lecturer for the undergraduate course Geomechanics 2 (Principal Lecturer: Prof. Daichao Sheng)



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Journal article (9 outputs)

2014Pineda JA, Alonso EE, Romero E, 'Environmental degradation of claystones', Geotechnique, 64 64-82 (2014) [C1]
2014Pineda J, Romero E, Alonso EE, Pérez T, 'A New High-Pressure Triaxial Apparatus for Inducing and Tracking Hydro-Mechanical Degradation of Clayey Rocks', Geotechnical Testing Journal, 37 20130163-20130163 (2014) [C1]
2014Lloret-Cabot M, Wheeler SJ, Pineda JA, Sheng D, Gens A, 'Relative performance of two unsaturated soil models using different constitutive variables 1', Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51 1423-1437 (2014)
2014Alonso EE, Pinyol NM, Pineda J, 'Foundation of a Gravity Dam on Layered Soft Rock: Shear Strength of Bedding Planes in Laboratory and Large ¿In Situ¿ Tests', Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 32 1439-1450 (2014)
2014Pineda JA, Romero E, De Gracia M, Sheng D, 'Shear strength degradation in claystones due to environmental effects', Geotechnique, 64 493-501 (2014)
2014Ansari Y, Pineda J, Kouretzis G, Sheng D, 'Experimental and numerical investigation of rate and softening effects on the undrained shear strength of ballinaclay', Australian Geomechanics Journal, 49 51-57 (2014)


2013Kelly RB, Mayne P, Pineda JA, 'In situ and laboratory testing of soft clays', Australian Geomechanics, 48 61-72 (2013) [C1]
2010Arroyo M, Pineda JA, Romero E, 'Shear Wave Measurements Using Bender Elements in Argillaceous Rocks', Geotechnical Testing Journal, 33 (2010) [C1]
2010Alonso EE, Pineda JA, Cardoso R, 'Degradation of marls; two case studies from the Iberian Peninsula', Geological Society Engineering Geology Special Publication, 23 47-75 (2010)
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Conference (26 outputs)

2015Sau N, Arroyo M, Pérez N, Pineda JA, 'Using CAT to obtain density maps in Sherbrooke specimens of silty soils', Geomechanics from Micro to Macro - Proceedings of the TC105 ISSMGE International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014 (2015)
2014Pineda JA, Kelly RB, McConnell A, 'Performance of an innovative direct-push piston sampler in soft clay', CPT14, Las Vegas, USA (2014)
2014Sheng D, Kelly RB, Pineda JA, Bates L, 'Numerical study of rate effects in cone penetration test', CPT 14, Las Vegas, USA (2014)
2014Yang C, Sheng D, Carter JP, Pineda J, Kelly R, 'From compression behavior to plastic anisotropy of reconstituted soft soils', Geotechnical Special Publication (2014)
2013Pineda JA, Romero E, 'Effects of relative humidity cycling on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of two clayey rocks from North-East Spain', Advances in Unsaturated Soils, Cartagena de Indias-Colombia (2013) [E1]
2013Pineda JA, Kelly R, Bates L, Sheng D, Sloan S, 'Effects of pore fluid salinity on the shear strength of a soft clay', Poromechanics V - Proceedings of the 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Vienna, Austria (2013) [E2]
2013Pineda JA, Romero E, Tarragó D, Tauler E, Alonso EE, 'Microstructural evaluation of the water sensitivity of clayey rocks.', American Society of Civil Engineers, Viena-Austria (2013) [E2]
2012Morales L, Romero E, Pineda JA, Garzón E, Giménez A, 'Ageing effects on the stiffness behaviour of a microbiologically treated and compacted soil', Unsaturated soils: research and applications, Naples-Italy (2012) [E1]
2012Pineda JA, Arroyo M, Sau N, Pérez N, Gens A, 'Testing block samples from silty deposits.', ISC4, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil (2012)
2011Pineda JA, Romero E, Gómez S, Alonso EE, 'Degradation effects at microstructural scale and their consequences on macroscopic behaviour of a slightly weathered siltstone', Geomechanics and Geotechnics, Shanghai (2011)
2011Pineda JA, Romero E, Alonso EE, 'Tracking degradation of argillaceous rocks using bender elements.', IS-5 Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Seul-Korea (2011)
2011Lima A, Pineda JA, Romero E, 'Thermal pulse effects on the stiffness degradation of unsaturated clayey materials.', unsat2010, Barcelona-Spain (2011)
2011Pineda JA, Mitaritonna G, Romero E, Arroyo M, 'Effects of hydraulic cycling on the stiffness response of a rigid anisotropic clay.', UNSAT2010, Barcelona-Spain (2011)
2011Alonso EE, Pinyol N, Pineda JA, 'Foundation of a gravity dam on layered soft rock. Shear strength of bedding planes in laboratory and large ¿in-situ¿ tests.', 15th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Athens-Greece (2011)
2010Pineda JA, De Gracia M, Romero E, 'Degradation of partially saturated argillaceous rocks: influence of the stability of geotechnical structures.', Asia Pacific Conference in Unsaturated Soils, Newcastle-Australia (2010) [E1]
2009Mitaritonna G, Pineda JA, Arroyo M, Romero E, 'The effect of drying-wetting cycles on the anisotropic seismic properties of a claystone.', Biot 4, New York - USA (2009)
2008Pineda JA, Lima A, Romero E, 'Influence of hydraulic paths on the low-strain shear modulus of a stiff clay.', EUNSAT2008, Durham-UK (2008)
2008Pineda JA, Romero E, Colmenares JE, 'Suction effects on the pre-failure behaviour of a compacted clayey soil.', EUNSAT2008, Durham-UK (2008)
2008Pineda JA, Arroyo M, Romero E, Alonso EE, 'Dynamic tracking of hydraulically induced claystone degradation', International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Atlanta -USA (2008)
2007Vaunat J, Merchán VE, Romero E, Pineda JA, 'Residual strength of clays at high suctions', 113 Springer Proceedings in Physics, Bochum-GErmany (2007)
2007Alonso EE, Pineda JA, 'Degradation of Argillaceous Rocks: a Challenge for Unsaturated Geomechanics', Beijing: Science Press, Nanjing, China (2007)
2006Pineda JA, Colmenares JE, 'Stress-Strain-Suction Behaviour of Two Clayey Materials under Unconfined Conditions', ASCE GSP 147, Arizona-USA (2006)
2006Alonso EE, Pineda JA, 'Weathering and degradation of clay shales: experimental observations and models of degradation', VI South American Rock Mechanics Conference, Cartagena de Indias-Colombia (2006)
2006Pineda JA, Alonso EE, Romero E, 'Influence of the Pamplona marls degradation on the stability of Monreal Dam (Spain)', VI South American Rock Mechanics Conference, Cartagena de Indias-Colombia (2006)
2005Pineda JA, Colmenares JE, 'Influence of matrix suction on the shear strength of a compacted kaolinite under unconfined conditions: Experimental results (Part 1)', Advanced Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, Trento-Italy (2005)
2005Pineda JA, Colmenares JE, 'Influence of matrix suction on the shear strength of compacted kaolin soil under unconfined conditions: Shear strength (Part 2)', Advanced Experimental Unsaturated Soils Mechanics, Trento-Italy (2005)
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Report (1 outputs)

2013Pineda JA, Sheng D, 'Subsidence: an overview of causes, risks and future developments for Coal Seam Gas production', Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer (2013) [R1]



Grants and Funding


Number of grants3
Total funding$799,496

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2015 (1 grants)

Mechanics of Hard Soils and Soft Rocks$782,600
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Daichao Sheng, Doctor Jubert Pineda, Professor Antonio Gens
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2013 (2 grants)

Subsidence due to CSG extraction$11,896
Funding Body: NSW Trade & Investment

Project Team
Professor Daichao Sheng, Doctor Jubert Pineda
Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Hydro-Mechanical coupling in unsaturated soils: experimental observations and constitutive modelling$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marti Lloret Cabot, Doctor Jubert Pineda, Professor Daichao Sheng
New Staff GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.9

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152019PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorExperimental and Numerical Modelling of Soft Soil Testing Techniques
20142018PhD (Civil Eng)Principal SupervisorStress Path-Dependency of Soil Moduli

Dr Jubert Pineda

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PositionResearch Academic
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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