Centrifuge development has geotechs in a spin

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The University of Western Australia is one step closer to establishing the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, the only facility in the world operating three centrifuges on a daily basis.


Embankment Prediction Symposium

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Calls for Expressions of Interest by 1 April 2015

(Left) Paul Johnson, Mark Randolph, Phil Watson and Mark Cassidy

Mark Randolph appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Western Australian Scientist of the Year for 2013, Professor Mark Randolph, has been appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

Colm O’Beirne receiving the best poster award from Prof. Masayuki Hyodo

COFS a joint winner for best poster award

Friday, 21 November 2014

The COFS poster Geotechnical Performance of Dynamically Installed Anchors in Soft Clay by Colm O'Beirne, Conleth O'Loughlin and Christophe Gaudin was a joint winner for the best poster award at the National Workshop on Transport and Energy Infrastructure on 19 November 2014.

Professor Susan Gourvenec with other Vice-Chancellor's award winners

Professor Susan Gourvenec awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Mid-Career Research Award

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Professor Susan Gourvenec was awarded one of the Vice-Chancellor’s Mid-Career Research Awards for distinguished achievement in research in the engineering field.

Professor Robyn Owens, Dr Phil Watson and Peter Burger.

Fugro to fund Chair in Geotechnics at UWA

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fugro, an international company that specialises in the design of offshore foundations is to fund the creation of a new chair at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

COFS double award from leading geotechnical journal for industry-relevant research

Friday, 3 October 2014

Researchers at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, UWA, were recognised through two awards presented this week at the annual meeting of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, in Regina Canada.

Xiaojun Li

Xiaojun Li invited to attend GYSS@one-north

Monday, 29 September 2014


COFS PhD student Xiaojun Li has been invited to attend the Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS@one-north), being held in Singapore in January 2015.

ARC funding awarded to COFS Researchers

Friday, 25 July 2014

COFS researchers Shazzad Hossain, Mark Cassidy and Yuxia Hu were awarded an ARC Linkage Project Grant for their project "Investigation of alternative footing shapes to mitigate instabilities during installation of offshore drilling platforms".

COFS will partner with three researchers, Dr Jonghwa Won, Dr Jong-Sik Park and Dr Seong-Jong Kim from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME), Korea. They will actively participate and contribute to the project.

Conleth O’Loughlin (COFS), Senol Özmutlu (Vryhof), Joris Roozen (Vryhof)

Dutch company takes on board UWA-designed anchor

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

An innovative offshore anchor designed by researchers at The University of Western Australia has already been snapped up by Dutch anchor specialists Vryhof Anchors.

Mark Randolph, Mark Cassidy and K K Lee

COFS researchers win the Offshore Medal in the ICE Best Publisher Awards

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Mark Cassidy, Mark Randolph and former COFS PhD student Kok Kuen Lee were recently awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Publication Award - Offshore for their paper:

Bearing capacity on sand overlying clay soils: experimental and finite-element investigation of potential punch-through failure, by K K Lee, M J Cassidy and M F Randolph, Geotechnique, 63(15): 1271-1284.

Meysam Banimahd

Senior geotechnical engineer at Woodside Energy has been appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Dr Meysam Banimahd, PhD CEng, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Woodside Energy, has been appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).  Meysam is currently working with Professors Susan Gourvenec and Conleth O'Loughlin and PhD student Dimitra Zografou to optimize cyclic load design methods for offshore geotechnical systems.  Dr Banimahd will bring his industry, technical and theoretical expertise to COFS which will benefit a range of research projects and teaching.

image of Dr Xiaowei Feng

COFS researcher awarded UWA ECR best publication award

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Dr Xiaowei Feng has been awarded the 2013 UWA Early Career Researcher Best Publication Award for his paper:

Professor David White and team with O-Tube

Cutting edge pipeline research wins innovation medal

Friday, 28 February 2014

A joint research project between The University of Western Australia and the oil and gas industry which has improved the design of offshore oil and gas pipelines and attracted international interest has won the 2014 AIRG Medal for Australasian Major Industry Technological Innovation.

Associate Professor Shazzad Hossain

COFS researcher awarded ARC DECRA

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Associate Professor Shazzad Hossain has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award funding from the Australian Research Council for research into “Advanced numerical and physical modelling of dynamically penetrating anchors for deep water oil and gas developments”.

Winthrop Professor Mark Randolph

UWA scientists awarded for expertise

Friday, 22 November 2013

The University of Western Australia congratulates its staff and students for their outstanding success in the State's annual Science Awards announced last night.

Visitors from Hyundai Engineering & Construction visit COFS' centrifuge facility

COFS welcomes visitors from Korea

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Delegates from Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd, based in Korea, recently visited COFS to investigate collaborative opportunities.

Susan Gourvenec

Professor Susan Gourvenec awarded ARC funding to develop novel sliding foundation

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Mobile foundations: shifting paradigms in deepsea engineering

Federal funding has been awarded to COFS' Professor Susan Gourvenec (pictured right) for a 3-year research project to create a design framework for mobile foundations to support deepwater subsea infrastructure.

2013 SUT Scholarship Presentation

COFS PhD student Anthony Blake awarded Educational Support Scholarship

Thursday, 14 November 2013

COFS PhD student Anthony Blake was recently awarded an Educational Support Scholarship from the Perth branch of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) at their 10th Annual General Meeting.

lucile queau receiving award

COFS PhD student Lucile Queau wins WA Marine Science Award

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Congratulations to Lucile Queau (COFS PhD student) who received the 2013 PPO/IMarEST Western Australian Marine Science Postgraduate Award last night.