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Associate Professor Chaminda Gallage
Associate Professor
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Discipline *
Civil Engineering
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD(CivilEng) (University of Tokyo)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member – Australian Geotechnical Engineering Society
  • Member – International Geosynthetic Society
  • Life member – GEOMATE
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Chaminda Gallage is a geotechnical/pavement engineering expert at QUT. Since his commencement as an academic in 2009, he has published about 60 refereed publications, supervised 8 HDR students to completion, and attracted about $0.3 million research income from industry. He has established very strong research collaboration with University of Tokyo, University of Hokkaido, Monash University, and University of Queensland. His research at QUT is strongly supported by TMR, BCC, Geofabrics Australasia, Global Synthetics, and Geotechnical consultancies in Brisbane.

Main areas of research:

  • Testing and modelling of pavement materials
  • Climate induced ground deformation and effects on infrastructure
  • Slope stability: analysis of various slopes taking unsaturated soil properties into account, design of warning systems for slope failures
  • Behaviour of unsaturated/saturated soils: shear strength, permeability, and volume change of unsaturated soils, swell/shrink properties of geo-materials
  • Design of customise laboratory testing apparatus and laboratory soil testing
  • Geogrid/Geosythetic application in Geotechnical Engineering


Received about $0.3 million research income through industry and commercial funding (CAT-2 and CAT-3) as follows:

  •  “Baroon Pocket Dam – Landslide Assessment Stage 3 Monitoring the Efficiency of Current Landslide Remediation Strategies Through Soil Water Content and Surface Movement Monitoring” – SEQ Water ($69,405)
  •  “Baroon Pocket Dam – Landslide Assessment Stage 2” – SEQ Water ($62,192)
  •  “Baroon Pocket Dam – Landslide Assessment & Preliminary Remediation Options Study” – SEQ Water ($20,125)
  • “An investigation into performance of polymeric soil stabilisers” – Global Road Technology (GRT) Operations ($60,539)
  •  “The effects of pre-installation methodology of geotextiles on their properties and performance” – Geofabrics Australasia Pty Ltd ($45,000)
  •  “Characterisation of Material at the Base of Spoil Piles of BMA coal mines” – BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) ($40,242)
  • “Pebble Matrix Filtration” – SEQ Water ($29,233)


Awards and recognitions

  • July 2005: Award for the distinguished presentation in the 7th International Summer Symposium of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 – 2006: Japanese Government Scholarship (Mombusho) for reading PhD University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 – 2002: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Scholarship for reading Master of Engineering (MEng) degree at the University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995 – 1999: Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship for undergraduate student at the University Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • 1984 – 1992: Grade Five Scholarship for school education

Career history

  • August 2014 – To present: Senior Lecturer (Civil Engineering), School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, QUT, Australia
  • Jun 2009 – August 2014: Lecturer (Civil Engineering), School of Urban Development, QUT, Australia
  • Mar 2007 – Jun 2009: Research Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Australia
  • Nov 2006 – Feb 2007: Research Assistance, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 2000 – Nov 2006: Lecturer, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Aug 1999 – Jul 2000: Assistance Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Structural Design Engineer, UID Consultants, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Chaminda Gallage.


Teaching areas

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Pavement engineering
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics
  • Structural analysis
  • Civil materials.


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Chaminda Gallage.


Interests and community service

  • Reviewer: Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • Certificate of accreditation as a Monash Research Supervisor – Level 1
  • Licence certificate to use portable density/moisture gauges (issued by Department of Human Services, Victoria).
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Chaminda Gallage.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

ARC Research Hub for Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements - Use of smart goesynthetics for long lasting and resilient pavements (IH18.06.1)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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