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Research Thesis Topic

Evaluating Design and Retrofitting Options for Floodways

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Thesis Topic/Title
Evaluating Design and Retrofitting Options for Floodways


Road infrastructure becomes extremely important in enhancing the resilience of a community during and after a disaster event. Damage to the road structures such as floodway's due to flood loadings was attributed to the overall vulnerability of the road infrastructure and the resilience of the rural community. USQ is in partnership with a national research centre named “Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)” to work on the resilience of road structures subjected to extreme flood events (researchers-RMIT, University of Melbourne and industry partners- Queensland Transport Main Roads, VicRoads, Road and Maritime Services (NSW), Western Australia MainRoads, Lockyer Valley Regional Council). As part of this effort, it is important to evaluate the design options for new floodway's and propose strengthening methods for existing floodway's so that they can be more resilient in extreme flood events. This project aims to investigate design and rehabilitation options structurally as well as to perform whole of life cycle cost analysis for these road structures.

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Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Future Materials
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
  • School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

Field of Research
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Materials Engineering

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Pre-approved for Ethics

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This research project is more suitable for a student living around Brisbane and can be based in Springfield campus.

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