Dr Mason Crumpton

Dr Mason Crumpton

Research Associate

School of Engineering

Career Summary


Dr. Mason Crumpton holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering with first class honors from The University of Newcastle and a Ph.D in civil engineering from the same institution. His Ph.D. research focused on the development of a highly efficient Adaptive Discontinuity Layout Optimisation (ADLO) computer program for solving geotechnical stability problems. The program employed novel mesh refinement techniques and optimisation algorithms to simulate the collapse of geostructures such as footings, tunnels, and slopes.

More recently, Dr. Crumpton has continued his career as a research associate with the Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (PRCGSE). In this role he has been working to develop powerful methods for modelling the effects of fracture propagation through rock using phase-field finite element technology. The aim of this work is to provide engineers with new tools for analysing the behavior of underground openings and rock slopes, though the potential applications are far reaching.

In addition to his research work, Crumpton maintains active engagement with the wider engineering community through his longstanding commitment to the Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society. He held the position of Chapter chair and National representative from 2016 until 2018 and is currently an elected member of the local committee.


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


  • Computational Geomechanics
  • Computational Limit Analysis
  • Computer programming
  • Finite Element Method (FEM)
  • Geotechnical Stability Analysis
  • Numerical modeling
  • Phase-Field Method

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
400502 Civil geotechnical engineering 40
401706 Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Learning and Teaching

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/3/2018 - 16/4/2020 Research Associate Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Crumpton M, Sloan SW, 'Bearing capacity analysis of a strip footing on sand overlying clay using adaptive discontinuity layout optimization', Proceedings of the Twenty-ninth (2019) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii (2019) [E1]
2015 Crumpton M, Abbo AJ, Sloan SW, 'Discontinuity layout optimization with adaptive node refinement', Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014 (2015) [E1]

Discontinuity Layout Optimization (DLO) (Smith & Gilbert 2007) is an upper bound limit analysis technique for modeling the stability of geotechnical problems. Meshes used for ... [more]

Discontinuity Layout Optimization (DLO) (Smith & Gilbert 2007) is an upper bound limit analysis technique for modeling the stability of geotechnical problems. Meshes used for DLO are typically generated by interconnecting a set of nodes (n) located at regular grid points within a domain. A regular grid allows the required mesh topology to be generated in approximately O(n 2) time by searching for pairs of integer coordinates with unity as their greatest common divisor. This technique avoids impractical O(n 3) worst case mesh generation times, but produces a non-optimal discretization. Using the concept of point-line duality, a procedure for assembling meshes on a non-uniform cloud of nodes in O(n2) time is proposed. The flexibility afforded by this newmethod is used to adaptively refine a DLO mesh by adding nodes in regions with the greatest estimated error. The effectiveness of this procedure is demonstrated by analyzing the stability of a strip footing on a Mohr-Coulomb soil. © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

DOI 10.1201/b17435-21
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Crumpton M, Abbo AJ, Podlich N, Wilson DW, Sloan SW, 'Upper Bound Rigid Block Analysis with rigid block subdivision', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Volume 1, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 2

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Crumpton M, Adaptive Discontinuity Layout Optimisation for Geotechnical Stability Analysis, The University of Newcastle (2020)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $203,820

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20201 grants / $203,820

Modelling the onset of fracture-induced instabilities for underground mining applications$203,820

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Professor Anna Giacomini, Associate Professor George Kouretzis, Doctor Mason Crumpton
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G1900859
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700

Dr Mason Crumpton


Research Associate
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Casual Lecturer
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email mason.crumpton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49217074


Room EA213
Building EA
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308