UWA’s multi-million dollar soil characterisation facility contributes to our understanding of Australian soils under cyclonic conditions.

It provides the science that supports safe and stable future offshore infrastructure development and engineering.

The facility uses innovative x-ray and bending element technology to determine the strength and stiffness of soils, enabling characterisation of the seabed in any particular location.

“Oil and gas reservoirs are going into deeper waters and more remote environments. It’s exciting to be developing new engineering methods to allow platforms and pipelines to be designed for these challenges,” said Winthrop Professor Mark Cassidy.