Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

The Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory is a modern research and teaching facility housing a range of equipment for evaluating soil and rock properties. The laboratory has the following equipment and capabilities:

  • 250 kN servo hydraulic load frame used for static and cyclic testing
  • Cyclic simple shear apparatus
  • Geocomp LoadTrac II frames for triaxial and consolidation tests
  • Ring shear apparatus
  • Ko tri-axial cells
  • Soil suction testing and evaluation of the thermal response of soils
  • Equipment for preparing and testing rock specimens
  • Equipment for soil classification testing

We also have the following field testing capabilities:

  • Dynamic testing of foundations using hydraulic rams and quick release connections
  • Screw Driving sounding (SDS) apparatus
  • Surface wave field testing equipment (Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves (SASW), Multi-channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW)
  • Acoustic emissions equipment

A number of geotechnical numerical analysis software (FLAC, PLAXIS, OpenSees and the GeoStudio Suite) is utilized. Scanning electron microscope and micro CT scanning equipment is available in the Faculty of Engineering.


Contact for the Geotechnical Engineering Lab


Academic Staff