Profile Image

Staff Profile

Edit

Career Summary

Biography

Klaus Thoeni holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering of Graz University of Technology in Austria and has been working with advanced numerical methods (BEM, FEM, DEM) and their application to underground excavations, rock mechanics and structural analysis for more than 6 years.

In July 2010, he moved to Australia and took a position as research associate at the University of Newcastle. Since then, he has been working on the ACARP project "Improved Management of the Rock Fall Hazard at the Base of Highwalls”. He has also joined the development team of the open-source software YADE ( http://yade-dem.org/doc ), which is an efficient numerical tool for simulating the dynamic behaviour of geomaterials by using the Discrete Element Method.

Prior to this, he was a research associate at the Institute for Structural Analysis at Graz University of Technology where he focussed on the European project SeRoN ( http://www.seron-project.eu ). He was strongly involved in the initial stage of the project the identification and classification of critical infrastructures (D100, D200).

He obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in September 2009. During his Ph.D., he worked as a full time research and teaching assistant at the same institution. As a teaching assistant, he taught structural analysis (statics and dynamics of structures) and numerical methods (FEM, BEM) and he supervised several bachelor and master projects. As a researcher, he was strongly involved in the integrated European project TunConstruct ( http://www.tunconstruct.org ) and the application of the Boundary Element Method to anisotropic material, piezoelectricity and non-linear problems. He was in the development team of the research software BEFE++ ( http://www.befepp.com ), which is a new generation numerical analysis tool for underground excavations.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Technology, Graz University of Technology, Austria, 07/09/2009

Research

Research keywords

  • Coal Mining
  • Coupling of Numerical Methods
  • Nonlinear Boundary Element Analysis
  • Numerical Methods (FEM, BEM, DEM)
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rockfall analysis

Research expertise

Dr Thoeni's areas of expertise are in numerical methods (BEM, DEM, FEM) and their application in structural analysis, rock mechanics and coal mining. He has extensive knowledge in the analysis of tunnelling and underground excavation problems with the Boundary Element Method and Finite Element Method (including the coupling of the methods) and in the simulation of rock fall protection systems with the Discrete Element Method. Other areas of general interest are stereo photogrammetry, programming, parallel processing and open source software (Linux).

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090599Civil Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified70
010299Applied Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified20
160899Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Ordine Ingegneri della Provincia di Bolzano

Appointments

ELBENet Research Fellowship
European Union (Austria)
01/01/2006
Research Fellowship
SIMNET (Austria)
01/01/2010

Awards

Research Award.

2003Amann Grant
Graz University of Technology (Austria)
Prize for the best Student in Structural Analysis.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Thoeni was second deputy head of the Institute for Structural Analysis at Graz University of Technology. He was computer and network administrator and fire warden.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • BEM
  • Computer programming with Matlab/Octave
  • FEM
  • Statics and dynamics of structures
  • Structural analysis

Teaching expertise

Dr Thoeni was strongly involved in teaching structural analysis (statics and dynamics of structures) and numerical methods (FEM, BEM) at the Institute for Structural Analysis at Graz University of Technology, where he supervised several bachelor and master projects.

Edit

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Click on a category title below to expand the list of citations for that specific category.

Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Thoeni K, The Boundary Element Method for Non-Linear Problems: A Novel Approach for an Error-Controlled Adaptive Analysis, Verlag der Technischen Universitat Graz, Graz, Austria, 211 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Beer G, Duenser C, Riederer K, Carvalho Dos Prazeres PG, Thoeni K, Zechner J, Stettner M, 'Chapter 7: Computer Simulation of Conventional Construction', Technology Innovation in Underground Construction, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America 129-161 (2010) [B1]

Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'Discrete modelling of hexagonal wire meshes with a stochastically distorted contact model', COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS, 49 158-169 (2013) [C1]
2012Giacomini A, Thoeni K, Lambert C, Booth S, Sloan SW, 'Experimental study on rockfall drapery systems for open pit highwalls', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 56 171-181 (2012) [C1]
2012Lambert C, Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Casagrande D, Sloan SW, 'Rockfall hazard analysis from discrete fracture network modelling with finite persistence discontinuities', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 45 871-884 (2012) [C1]
2012Prazeres PGC, Thoeni K, Beer G, 'Nonlinear analysis of NATM tunnel construction with the boundary element method', Computers and Geotechnics, 40 160-173 (2012) [C1]
2012Duenser C, Thoeni K, Riederer K, Lindner B, Beer G, 'New Developments of the Boundary Element Method for Underground Constructions', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOMECHANICS, 12 665-675 (2012) [C1]
2012Prazeres PGC, Thoeni K, Beer G, 'Corrigendum to 'Nonlinear analysis of NATM tunnel construction with the boundary element method'', Computers and Geotechnics, 42 98 (2012) [C3]
Show 3 more

Conference (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, Lambert C, 'Numerical investigation on the performance of a rockfall drapery system', Particle-Based Methods III: Fundamentals and Applications - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Particle-based MethodsFundamentals and Applications, Particles 2013 (2013)
2013Theoni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, Carter JP, 'An integrated approach for rockfall analysis with drapery systems', Proceedings International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pt Mining and Civil Engineering, Brisbane (2013)
2012Thoeni K, Irschara A, Giacomini A, 'Efficient photogrammetric reconstruction of highwalls in open pit coal mines', 16th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Victoria (2012) [E2]

Co-authors: Anna Giacomini

2012Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Lambert C, Sloan SW, 'Numerical and experimental investigation of a rockfall drapery system', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2012) [E3]
2011Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'DISCRETE MODELLING OF A ROCKFALL PROTECTIVE SYSTEM', PARTICLE-BASED METHODS II: FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, Barcelona, SPAIN (2011) [E1]
2011Giacomini A, Thoeni K, Kniest HT, Lambert C, 'In situ experiments of rockfall in an open pit coal mine', Proceedings, Slope Stability 2011: International Symposium on Rock Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Vancouver, BC (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Anna Giacomini

2011Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, Lambert C, Casagrande D, 'Numerical analysis of rockfall hazard in open pit coal mines', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Volume 2, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
2011Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'Discrete modelling of a rockfall protective system', Proceedings of the II International Conference on Particle -Based Methods Fundamentals and Applications: Particles 2011, Barcelona (2011) [E2]
2010Beer G, Riederer K, Thoeni K, 'New developments of the boundary element method with internal cells', Proceedings of PACAM XI - 11th Pan-American Congress of Applied Mechanics, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (2010) [E1]
2009Carvalho Dos Prazeres PG, Thoeni K, Beer G, 'Non-linear Tunnel Analysis with the Boundary Element Method', Proceedings of Computational Methods in Tunnelling - EURO:TUN 2009, Bochum, Germany (2009) [E1]
2009Beer G, Duenser C, Riederer K, Terkovics R, Thoeni K, 'New developments in the simulation of problems in underground construction', Computational Geomechanics, COMGEO I - Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (2009) [E1]
2009Beer G, Dunser C, Riederer K, Terkovics R, Thoeni K, 'New developments in the simulation of problems in underground construction', 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo I), Cote d'Azur, France (2009) [E1]
2008Thoeni K, Beer G, 'Efficient (Error Controlled) Calculation of Non-Linear Problems by the Boundary Ele- ment Method', 8th World Congress on Computational Mechanics WCCM8 5th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering ECCOMAS 2008, Venice, Italy (2008) [E1]
2008Thoeni K, Beer G, 'Error controlled analysis of non-linear problems using the boundary element method', Advances In Boundary Element Techniques IX, Seville, Spain (2008) [E1]
2008Duarte V, Cerrolaza M, Thoeni K, Beer G, 'Three dimensional piezoelectric boundary element simulation', Desarrollo y avances en métodos numéricos para ingeniería y ciencias aplicadas, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela (2008) [E1]
2007Thoeni K, Hafizi R, Beer G, 'Efficient Calculation of Non-Linear Problems using the Boundary Element Method in Tunnelling', CD-ROM Proceedings of the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Tunnelling (EURO:TUN 2007), Vienna, Austria (2007) [E1]
Show 13 more

Report (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Giacomini A, Lambert C, Thoeni K, 'Improved Management of the Rock Fall Hazard at the Base of the Highwalls', Australian Coal Association Research Program, 184 (2012) [R1]

Co-authors: Anna Giacomini

2011Beer G, Thoeni K, Julia U, Kaundinya I, Hamann E, Kostrzewa M, et al., 'Seron deliverable 200: Identification and risk classification of critical infrastructures' (2011) [R1]
2010Holthausen N, Zulauf C, Ruf D, Kaundinya I, Heimbecher F, Thoeni K, et al., 'Seron deliverable 100.1: Identification of threats to transport infrastructures' (2010) [R1]

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Thoeni K, Error-Controlled Adaptive Analysis of Non-Linear Problems using the BEM, Graz University of Technology, Austria (2009) [T1]
2005Thoeni K, Efficient calculation of anisotropic fundamental solutions for the boundary element method, Graz University of Technology, Austria (2005) [T1]
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$272,790

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

2014 (1 grants)

ROCKFALL HAZARD MATRIX FOR RISK REDUCTION IN MINE SITES$259,590
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini, Doctor Klaus Thoeni
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$259,59020142015
GNo:G1300807

2013 (2 grants)

Efficient multi-view 3D reconstruction combining terrestrial and aerial photography for geotechnical applications$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Klaus Thoeni
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020132013
GNo:G1300601

Third Conference on Particle-based Methods (PARTICLES 2013), Stuttgard, Germany, 18 - 20 September 2013$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Klaus Thoeni
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020132013
GNo:G1300865

2012 (1 grants)

EGU Vienna, Austria, 22 - 27 April 2012$800
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Klaus Thoeni
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$80020122012
GNo:G1200509

2011 (1 grants)

PARTICLE 2011, Barcelona, Spain, 26 - 28 October 2011$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Klaus Thoeni
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020112011
GNo:G1100694
Edit

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.45

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

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132016PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorNumerical Investigation of the Energy Absorbtion Capacity of Barriers in Surface Mining
20122016PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorNumerical and Experimental Study of Particle Flow in Soils
Edit

Dr Klaus Thoeni

Work Phone(02) 4921 5735
Fax(02) 4921 6946
Email
PositionResearch Associate
Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCivil Engineering
Office
EA204,
Engineering Building EA,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/klaus-thoeni