Security, risks and infrastructure protection

Project Leader: Nelson Lam
Staff: Priyan Mendis, Helen Goldsworthy, Lihai Zhang, Tuan Ngo, Cuong Kien Nguyen, Jack Yao, Elisa Lumantarna, Raymond Lumantarna,
Student: Yi Yang, Muneeb Ali, Ali Altheeb, Abdulrahman Albidah, Mohammad Fardipour, Hui Jiang, Vidal Paton Cole, Bidur Kafle, Hossein Agheshlui,Rojit Shahi
Collaborators: John Wilson (Swinburne University), Emad Gad (Swinburne University)
Primary Contact: Nelson Lam (
Keywords: civil infrastructure; coherent structures; fluid structure interactions; infrastructure protection; spatial data infrastructure
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering
Domains: Optimisation of resources and infrastructure
Research Centre: Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA)

The research project addresses major natural and human-induced hazards associated with extreme events, such as blast and impact (induced by accident or acts of terrorism), earthquakes, freak waves and tsunamis. The ultimate objective is to develop technologies which contribute to mitigating disasters immediately following such extreme events and facilitating the process of recovery. The long-term research strategy is to : (i) develop modelling techniques for simulating extreme events to assist in emergency responses and to identify conditions that are at high risk, (ii) develop technologies for retrofitting existing infrastructure in mitigating potential disasters (iii) develop new guidelines in planning, design and construction for improving the protection of our future infrastructure from extreme events, and (iv) develop effective logistic planning techniques to aid in the recovery process.