UNSW Geomechanics experts focuses on fundamental and applied geomechanics related to the mining and oil & gas industries.  

As the leading research school in this sector, our areas of expertise include:  

  • Ground control technologies  
  • Improvements of ground support techniques  
  • Rock excavation and stability, rock excavation machine control  
  • Tunnelling applications  
  • Rock mass characteristics for CO2 sequestration and acoustic emission monitoring of rocks to predict failure mechanisms 
  • Geotechnical instrumentation, monitoring and data management 
  • Mine design – geotechnical considerations 
  • Geotechnical design methodologies 
  • Geomechanics of multiseam, multireef and complex orebodies 
  • Geotechnical challenges in extreme mining environments 
  • Backfill technologies 
  • Pillar design and performance 
  • Rock mass characterisation techniques and practice 
  • Regional stability 
  • Slope stability 
  • Geotechnical risk management 
  • Best practice case studies 
  • New challenges and innovations in ground control 
  • Numerical modelling in design 

Our experts closely collaborate with partners in industry and other research institutions to find innovative ways to ensure environmental, safe and sustainable practices are incorporated in all aspects of mining.

Our leading researchers lend their expertise and experience to develop strategies for the management of ACARP’s coal burst project.

This fundamental research investigates the floor heaving phenomenon comprehensively and systematically focusing the understanding of the mechanics behind and causes of the trigging mechanisms.

Our researchers innovate solutions to quantify groundwater flow through rock fractures in managing the hazard of water inflow at underground opening or in securing water resources.

At UNSW, we’re leading research in the interpretation of mining-induced stress, fracture, and hazard assessment through real-time microseismic monitoring.

This research aims to identify the factors responsible for microbiologically induced stress corrosion cracking (MISCC) of bolts in underground mines.

Our research is focused on developing an easy and reliable method to estimate in-situ stress magnitudes from borehole breakout data at a significantly reduced cost

This research area focuses on improving efficiencies in mining systems for the extraction of thick seams through novel techniques, technology developments and new approaches.

UNSW experts are leading research in unconventional geomechanics, focusing on modelling rock behaviour under high-temperature and high-pressure conditions.

Our leading experts are focused on the numerical simulation and laboratory experimental study of reservoir geomechanics. They are at the forefront of research in wellbore stability and reservoir stimulation by hydraulic fracturing in complexed geology and stress conditions.