Adrian is a Professor in Geotechnical Engineering and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School.
As Head of School Professor Nasser Khalili noted, ‘Géotechnique is the most prestigious journal in the field of geotechnical engineering and this invitation is indicative of both the international standing and impact of Adrian’s work.’
Adrian has expertise in the areas of soil mechanics, rock mechanics, microstructure, geotechnical science, geotechnical engineering, unsaturated soils, soil-structure interactions, shallow foundations, retaining walls, physical modelling, analytical modelling, constitutive modelling, cone penetration testing, in situ testing, fibre reinforcement, granular media, particle mechanics, morphology, fractals, particle crushing, particle breakage, tailings, liquefaction, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.
Adrian’s Future Fellowship aims to reduce risk in the mining industry from failing mine tailings. Adrian and his team have discovered how to characterise tailings, and assess liquefaction propensity, when they are partially saturated. They are now reaching out to a global and local audience, educating them on a pressing problem that is vital to reducing the number of tailings dam failures, which can be catastrophic to the downstream community.