Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety

World-class interdisciplinary research, construction and risk management of buildings, bridges, dams, roads and other infrastructure.

The Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety (CIES) was established as a University of New South Wales Research Centre in January 2007 to facilitate advanced research in all aspects of civil engineering infrastructure, embodying building structures, bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, pavements, dams and the like.  It has expanded to include construction management, advanced systems and low-carbon technologies.
The core activities of the Infrastructure Centre are underpinned by a significant number of eminent academic staff of international renown in their respective fields, particularly in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, advanced materials engineering, pavement engineering, engineering mechanics, computational mechanics and in laboratory testing. 

Our research

Geotechnical engineering

Research and expertise are centred around: unsaturated soil mechanics, including fundamentals and practical applications,dam and rock engineering, particularly related to scour and erosion, energy geotechnics, dynamics, liquefaction and earthquake engineering, for soils and tailings.

Innovative decarbonised infrastructure

Innovative Decarbonised Infrastructure (IDI) is an initiative which aims to research, develop, and commercialise innovative ideas, services and technologies to help industry reduce emissions related to our infrastructure and primary industries.

Structual engineering

We have a long history and reputation for large-scale experimentation, modelling, and development of new structural systems and guidelines that have been adopted in design codes

Engineering construction and management

The Engineering Construction and Management Group is internationally recognised for leading construction innovations. We undertake advanced research in automation, digitisation and sustainability in construction.


Meet our engaging team at CIES and explore their collaborations, past projects and current research endeavours at UNSW. 

Contact address

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 7, Room CE717
Kensington Campus

Phone: (+61 2) 9385 6853 (if dialing on campus: Ext 56853)
Fax: (+61 2) 9385 9747

Centre Manager: Ms Grace Zhu
Email:  cies@unsw.edu.au

Mailing address

Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety (CIES)
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
UNSW Australia
NSW 2052