Our team working in the field of Geomechanics focus on fundamental and applied research related to the design of mining systems, underground environments, and geological systems. Of particular interest is the safety of current technologies and new challenges driven by emerging technologies related to future energy. 

Geomechanics provide a means to design safe, sustainable, and effective minerals and energy resources operations. The systems considered often involve coupled processes and complex multi-physics that require an interdisciplinary skill set. We work collaboratively with industry partners on mine safety and design, coupled geomechanical systems, and exploration/production systems. We have three main themes within our Geomechanics flagship. 

Underground mining and safety

Underground operations require high-precision geotechnical knowledge and advanced numerical techniques to ensure safe operations. Australia has unique mineral resources that require novel approaches.

Coupled geotechnical systems

Geomechanics plays a central role in minerals and energy resources engineering. Our works focus on experimental systems and numerical models to understand rock mass behaviour to optimise the design and safety of underground environments.

Exploration and production systems

Exploration and production systems are central operations for the recovery of underground resources. We focus on developing numerical simulations and conducting experimental studies for drilling and production systems in complex and high-stress conditions