Dr Asal Bidarmaghz
Senior Lecturer

Dr Asal Bidarmaghz

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr Asal Bidarmaghz is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney since 2019. Prior to joining UNSW, Asal was working as a Research Associate at the Engineering Department, Cambridge University (2017-2019). She has also worked as a Post Doctoral Reseach Fellow at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, the University of Melbourne (2015-2017). Asal Received her PhD in Civil Engineering (Geothermal Technologies) from the University of Melbourne in 2015. 

Research Activities:

Asal specializes in ground modelling, geo-energy systems and structures, hydro-thermal characteristics of ground and underground structures synergistically with above ground built environment. Her research concerns large-scale simulation of ground, under/above ground built environment, and uncertainty analysis of geo-energy systems, with specific emphasis on sustainable and resilient utilization of underground structures and geo-energy resources. Asal's research has led to new methods and tools for predicting the ground temperature and groundwater distributions at high resolutions in the presence of underground heat sources and sinks. 

Topics of Interest:

  • Energy geo-structures and geothermal systems, 
  • Investigating the impacts of urbanization on subsurface temperature increase at the city-scale,
  • Uncertainty analysis of large scale subsurface hydro-thermal models.
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Civil Engineering Building (H20) Level 5, Room CE502 Kensington Campus
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    2023, 'Investigating the Effectiveness of Energy Tunnels in Cooling Underground Substations', in Challenges and Innovations in Geomechanics, Springer International Publishing, pp. 593 - 600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-12851-6_70
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Finding common ground: A methodology for city-scale subsurface thermal modelling', Urban Climate, 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2023.101513
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Thermo-hydraulic analysis in geothermal energy walls', Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2022.104862
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Bayesian parameter inference for shallow subsurface modeling using field data and impacts on geothermal planning', Data-Centric Engineering, 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dce.2022.32
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Is natural convection within an aquifer a critical phenomenon in deep borehole heat exchangers' efficiency?', Applied Thermal Engineering, 212, pp. 118450 - 118450, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2022.118450
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'An efficient and sustainable approach for cooling underground substations', Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2021.103986
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Ground-source heat pump systems: The effects of variable trench separations and pipe configurations in horizontal ground heat exchangers', Energies, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en14133919
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Impact of simplifications on numerical modelling of the shallow subsurface at city-scale and implications for shallow geothermal potential', Science of the Total Environment, 791, pp. 148236 - 148236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148236
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Impacts of underground climate change on urban geothermal potential: Lessons learnt from a case study in London', Science of the Total Environment, 778, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146196
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Large-scale urban underground hydro-thermal modelling – A case study of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London', Science of the Total Environment, 700, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134955
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Multi-fidelity approach to Bayesian parameter estimation in subsurface heat and fluid transport models', Science of the Total Environment, 745, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140846
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'The importance of boundary conditions on the modelling of energy retaining walls', Computers and Geotechnics, 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2019.103399
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Influence of geology and hydrogeology on heat rejection from residential basements in urban areas', Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2019.103068
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'A machine learning approach to energy pile design', Computers and Geotechnics, 97, pp. 189 - 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.01.011
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'A robust prediction model approach to energy geo-structure design', Computers and Geotechnics, 104, pp. 140 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.08.012
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Carrier fluid temperature data in vertical ground heat exchangers with a varying pipe separation', Data in Brief, 18, pp. 1466 - 1470, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2018.04.005
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Ground-source heat pump systems: The effect of variable pipe separation in ground heat exchangers', Computers and Geotechnics, 100, pp. 97 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.02.010
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Heat exchange mechanisms in energy tunnel systems', Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, 16, pp. 83 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2018.07.004
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Investigation of the effect of seasonal variation in ground temperature on thermal response tests', Renewable Energy, 125, pp. 609 - 619, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2017.12.095
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Thermal interaction between tunnel ground heat exchangers and borehole heat exchangers', Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, 10, pp. 29 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2017.05.001
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'Geothermal energy in loess', Environmental Geotechnics, 3, pp. 225 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jenge.15.00025
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'Shallow geothermal energy: Emerging convective phenomena in permeable saturated soils', Geotechnique Letters, 6, pp. 119 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jgele.15.00167
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'The importance of surface air temperature fluctuations on long-term performance of vertical ground heat exchangers', Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, 6, pp. 35 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2016.02.003
    Journal articles | 2012
    2012, 'Numerical modelling of ground loop configurations for Direct geothermal applications', Australian Geomechanics Journal, 47, pp. 15 - 20
  • Preprints | 2023
    2023, Finding Common Ground: A Methodology for City-Scale Subsurface Thermal Modelling, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4326649
    Conference Abstracts | 2020
    (ed.), 2020, 'Influence of aquifer natural convection on deep borehole heat exchanger efficiency', in E3S Web of Conferences, EDP Sciences, Vol. 205, pp. 13001 - 13001, http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/e3sconf/202020513001
    Conference Papers | 2020
    2020, 'Effect of anthropogenic heat sources in the shallow subsurface at city-scale', in E3S Web of Conferences, http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/e3sconf/202020507002
    Conference Papers | 2019
    2019, 'Making geology relevant for infrastructure and planning', in International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2019, ICSIC 2019: Driving Data-Informed Decision-Making, pp. 403 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/icsic.64669.403
    Conference Papers | 2019
    2019, 'The application of retaining walls and slabs as energy structures in underground train stations', in Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, pp. 43 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99670-7_6
    Conference Papers | 2017
    2017, 'Numerical and experimental investigation of geothermal integration into tunnels', in ICSMGE 2017 - 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, pp. 3427 - 3430
    Conference Papers | 2017
    2017, 'Optimising the design of energy piles using machine learning', in ICSMGE 2017 - 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, pp. 3455 - 3458
    Conference Papers | 2016
    2016, 'An investigation of the potential thermal energy of geothermal tunnels with focus on a case study in Stuttgart, Germany', in Energy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016, pp. 601 - 605, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b21938-94
    Conference Papers | 2016
    2016, 'Effects of ground heat exchanger variable pipe separation in ground-source heat pump systems', in Energy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016, pp. 155 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b21938-27
    Conference Papers | 2016
    2016, 'Impact of the Seasonal Variations in Ground Temperature on Thermal Response Test Results', in Geotechnical Special Publication, pp. 52 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784480137.006
    Conference Papers | 2016
    2016, 'The influence of natural convection on thermal performance of ground heat exchangers', in Energy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016, pp. 145 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b21938-25
    Conference Papers | 2015
    2015, 'Geothermal Energy in Loess: A Detailed Numerical Case Study for Cordoba', in Manzanal D; Sfriso AO (ed.), FROM FUNDAMENTALS TO APPLICATIONS IN GEOTECHNICS, IOS PRESS, ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires, pp. 704 - 711, presented at 15th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE) / 8th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM), ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires, 15 November 2015 - 18 November 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-603-3-704
    Theses / Dissertations | 2015
    2015, 3D numerical modelling of vertical ground heat exchangers
    Conference Papers | 2013
    2013, 'Numerical modelling of ground heat exchangers with different ground loop configurations for direct geothermal applications', in 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Challenges and Innovations in Geotechnics, ICSMGE 2013, pp. 3343 - 3346
    Conference Papers | 2012
    2012, 'Numerical modelling of ground loop configurations for Direct geothermalapplications', in Australian Geomechanics Journal, pp. 21 - 26

Working as an external Collaborator with:

  • Energy Efficient Cities initiatives (EECi), Engineering Department, Cambridge University,
  • Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC),
  • The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK.