Dr Glen Burton

Dr Glen Burton

Research Associate

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

Glen's geotechnical engineering experience includes: site investigation and assessment, slope stability assessment and earth retention design, foundation engineering (shallow and deep), pavement investigation and design, earth dam investigation and design, tailings dam capping design for closure. Glen has been responsible for projects from the early investigation and planning stage, running extensive field investigation programs with a variety of experienced staff, through to design and reporting.

In 2011 Glen returned to the University of Newcastle to complete further research on the behaviour of unsaturated soils. The return was prompted by recognition of the important role the unsaturated geomaterials play in geotechnical engineering practice while working as part of the design team for the eastern section of the Hunter Expressway. In 2013 Glen received the competitive Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award and completed 11 months study at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan).  


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)(Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Dam Engineering
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation Geotechnics
  • Unsaturated Geomechanics

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
21/07/2017 -  Senior Geotechnical Engineer WSP Australia Pty Limited
Australia
27/09/2012 - 21/08/2015 Geotechnical Engineer Outotec
Australia
1/07/2007 - 21/01/2011 Geotechnical Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2017 2016 D.H. Trollope Medal
Australian Geomechanics Society

Scholarship

Year Award
2013 2013 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award - Outgoing Postgraduate
Australian Government
2003 The University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
2003 The University of Newcastle School of Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
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Publications

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


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Burton GJ, Pineda JA, Sheng D, Airey DW, Zhang F, Rawat A, et al., 'Exploring one-dimensional compression of compacted clay under constant degree of saturation paths', GEOTECHNIQUE, 67 86-90 (2017)
DOI 10.1680/jgeot.16.D.003
Co-authors Jubert Pineda, Daichao Sheng
2017 Tong C-X, Burton GJ, Zhang S, Sheng D, 'A SIMPLE PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION MODEL FOR GRANULAR MATERIALS', Canadian Geotechnical Journal, (2017)
DOI 10.1139/cgj-2017-0098
2016 Burton GJ, Pineda JA, Sheng D, Airey DW, Zhang F, 'Exploring one-dimensional compression of compacted clay under constant degree of saturation paths', Geotechnique, 66 435-440 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 ICE Publishing. All rights reserved. This note presents a novel approach for controlling the degree of saturation during one-dimensional compression of unsaturated soils. ... [more]

© 2016 ICE Publishing. All rights reserved. This note presents a novel approach for controlling the degree of saturation during one-dimensional compression of unsaturated soils. This technique offers a simple and versatile way to study the hydromechanical response of unsaturated soils as well as the unsaturated¿saturated soil transition. By using a multi-stage approach, the same specimen can be used to evaluate the compressibility of unsaturated specimens at different degrees of saturation, which may reduce the long testing periods commonly required for unsaturated soil testing. The experimental results described in this paper show that the proposed technique is capable of controlling the degree of saturation within reasonable limits and provides an interesting approach to analyse the coupled hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils.

DOI 10.1680/jgeot.14.P.181
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Daichao Sheng, Jubert Pineda
2015 Burton GJ, Pineda JA, Sheng D, Airey D, 'Microstructural changes of an undisturbed, reconstituted and compacted high plasticity clay subjected to wetting and drying', Engineering Geology, (2015) [C1]

The behaviour of soil, and in particular compacted clay fill, can have significant implications on the safe and reliable operation of man-made infrastructure. The mechanical behav... [more]

The behaviour of soil, and in particular compacted clay fill, can have significant implications on the safe and reliable operation of man-made infrastructure. The mechanical behaviour of soil (e.g. volume change and shear strength) is widely recognised as being associated with the microstructural arrangement (fabric/structure). In the case of high plasticity clays, despite the large amount of research carried out, soil microstructure and its evolution along mechanical and hydraulic paths are still not well understood. This makes incorporation of microstructural analysis difficult in engineering practice and highlights the need for further research. A comprehensive microstructural analysis of Maryland clay, a high plasticity residual soil, based on mercury intrusion porosimetry tests, is presented in this paper. Experimental results obtained from undisturbed, reconstituted and compacted specimens subjected to different hydraulic and mechanical paths are described. As with mechanical investigations, the reconstituted state is proposed to be used routinely as a reference state for comparison of undisturbed and compacted soil. The microstructural evolution of the compacted clay, prepared on the wet side of standard Proctor optimum water content, with an initially high void ratio, is examined along the main drying path. Importantly, a monotonic suction increase from the as-compacted state is shown to have negligible effect on the distribution of macro-pores. However, a new insight is provided based on the evolution of the dominant micro-pore entrance diameter which is shown to reduce with increased suction. This micro-pore entrance diameter is shown to correspond with the theoretical suction back-calculated from a simple capillary tube model, up to a limit. It is observed that, under oedometric conditions, the as-compacted microstructure is erased during saturation (soaking) and resembles the reconstituted microstructure. For this particular material and preparation conditions, it is demonstrated that a bimodal microstructure is not recovered on drying from a saturated state.

DOI 10.1016/j.enggeo.2015.05.010
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Jubert Pineda, Daichao Sheng
2014 Burton GJ, Sheng D, Airey D, 'Experimental study on volumetric behaviour of Maryland clay and the role of degree of saturation', CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL, 51 1449-1455 (2014)
DOI 10.1139/cgj-2013-0332
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Daichao Sheng
2014 Burton GJ, Sheng D, Campbell C, 'Bimodal pore size distribution of a high-plasticity compacted clay', GEOTECHNIQUE LETTERS, 4 88-93 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1680/geolett.14.00003
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Daichao Sheng
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Burton GJ, Sheng D, Romero E, 'Volumetric behavior of unsaturated-reconstituted soils', Advances in Unsaturated Soils, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.1201/b14393-63
Co-authors Daichao Sheng
2012 Aryal S, Kingsland R, Och D, Sooklall A, Burton GJ, Russell G, Buzzi OP, 'Management of reactive and carbonaceous materials in the earthworks design for the Hunter Expressway, Minmi to Buchanan section', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Olivier Buzzi
2012 Burton GJ, Anderson JN, 'Unsaturated soil mechanics and implications for clayey soils compacted dry of standard optimum water content', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012 Burton GJ, Airey DW, 'Strain rate calculation in consolidated undrained triaxial testing and implications on design strengths', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $84,836

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20172 grants / $84,836

Dynamic simple shear apparatus$55,000

Foundations (e.g. for buildings or bridges), dams, retaining walls, pipelines and embankments all rely on an accurate description of soil behaviour if realistic predictions of their behaviour are to be made. Soil, however, is stress path dependent and conventional laboratory equipment used for studying the stress-strain behaviour of soils (e.g. triaxial apparatus) is not capable of subjecting soil elements to stress rotations. The simple shear test is a convenient and advantageous method for studying the effects of principal stress rotations on soil behaviour. 

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Project Team

Professor Daichao Sheng, Dr Glen Burton

Scheme FEBE Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Application of geophysical techniques in the investigation and design of transportation infrastructure$29,836

Currently Australia is witnessing increasing governmental spending on transportation infrastructure. The performance of this infrastructure relies on an adequately functioning subgrade (material directly below the pavement). Consequently, the proper characterisation of pavement subgrade conditions is of paramount importance to today's modern transportation infrastructure. The use of geophysics is historically well grounded in pavement engineering, with one of the most widely used empirical formulas based on seismic velocity measurements. In modern day practice, however, for example in the Austroads Guide to Pavement Technology, the use of geophysics barely rates a mention. This project aims to revisit an overlooked and underutilised geophysics technique, namely multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) for the quantification of subgrade stiffness and its spatial variability. The aim is to develop robust tools on which engineers can rely upon during design, based upon advanced in situ testing techniques.  

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Project Team

Dr Glen Burton, Dr Jinsong Huang, Professor Daichao Sheng

Scheme FEBE Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Studying on Time Dependent Deformation of Compacted Loess PhD (Civil Eng), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Glen Burton

Position

Research Associate
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email glen.burton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 0478068754
Links UoN Blogs
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Office

Room EA228
Building EA
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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