Researcher Profile

Professor Barry Lehane

Barry Lehane
Barry Lehane

Phone: +61 8 6488 2417

Research Expertise:
  • Foundation design and testing
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil mechanics


Applied Geomechanics
Foundation Engineering
Underground Construction
Environmental Geomechanics
Soil Mechanics

Industrial Relevance

Advice to Arup for offshore projects:
• Yolla (Bass Strait)
• Maari (New Zealand)
• MCR-A (Turkmenistan)
• Riser Support structure (North West Shelf)
• Reindeer & Pluto drilled and grouted piles in Australian NWS
• Driven piles in Napa Napa (PNG), for ODP-A (Caspian Sea) and in the Sakhalin field
• Drag anchors for FPSOs in the Australian NWS
• Subsea pipeline facilities in NW shelf (Australia) and in Manifa (Saudi Arabia)
• Suction caissons for CLP met mast (Hong Kong)
• Spud can punch-through in Australian NWS

Advice to Arup Perth for onshore and nearshore projects:
• Esperance Rail Access Corridor
• Otway Foundations
• Gladstone GLNG materials offloading facility (MOF) and dolphins
• Bridge abutments on new Perth-Mandurah rail line
• Raffles hotel, Canning Bridge
• Gorgon and Browse breakwaters
• Diaphragm walling at Bishop See in Perth CBD
• Tank foundations at Pinjarra and Busselton
• Hocking Shopping Centre
• Rockingham City Development
• Jetty strengthening at Lumut (Malaysia)
• Blaydin Point development (Darwin)
• Ground improvement and pipeline design at Devils Creek
• Medical Research hospital, Nedlands
• Perth Convention Centre
• Remedial work, Mesa A stacker, Pilbara

Advice to Arup Sydney/Brisbane
• Sandgate bridge foundations
• Anzac Parade Basement Sydney
• Bridge duplication Camden Haven River
• Parramatta station extension
• Brisbane domestic airport extension
• Brisbane airport link
• Queensland LNG port facilities
• Bridge abutments for Hunt8r alliance

Peer Review for projects such as:
• Pile design for Safaniya Field, Arabian Gulf (for Fugro)
• Fremantle quay strengthening works (for Golder)
• Port of Melbourne underwater containment bunds (for SKM)
• Perth desalination plant (for Worley Parsons),
• Pier 8 foundations for Goongoonup rail bridge (for Clough Engineering)
• Rectification works for Eastern abutment of Goongoonup rail bridge (for AECOM)
• Foundations for Zakum Islands , Abu Dhabi (for Fugro)

Design for Piling Contractors (basements + foundations), 150+ projects including:
• Bunbury forum expansion,
• Pedestrian bridge (Busselton)
• Wren Oil tanks (Bunbury),
• Allnet reserve, Veneto Lane & Treviso mews (Mandurah)
• Cockburn cement factory
• Alcoa Worsley tanks
• South beach apartments (South Fremantle)
• Ozone Pearl (Scarborough)
• Hammersmith (Joondalup)
• Cockburn Shopping Centre
• Margaret River Woolworths
• Sky Apartment building on Esplanade (South Perth)
• Karratha underpass
• Hotham street cyclic way underpass
• Reginald Street (Busselton)
• Bunbury Entertainment Centre
• RAC building (North Perth)
• UWA Chemistry building
• Altus tower
• Criterion hotel
• City West basement
• Claremont apartments
• Double basement- Leederville
• Cloisters, Hay Street
• HIF building
• Cancer research building, Nedlands
• 239 Pier Street
• 9 The Esplanade, St Perth
• West Australian Newspapers, Jon Sanders Drive

Forensic Investigations for:
• West Australian Newspapers, Jon Sanders Drive
• Damage to Trinity Church (St. Georges Tce., Perth)
• Cracking of Telstra building (North Perth)
• Collapsing Stacker (Pilbara)
• Driven pile induced damage (Perth CBD)
• Large rotations of apartment blocks (Cork, Ireland)
• Progressive mine collapse, Kingscourt, Ireland

Centrifuge Investigations for:
• Installation mechanisms for the skirt foundations of MCR-A (Caspian Sea)
• Suction caisson performance for CLP met mast in Hong Kong
• Pile group tension capacity for Singapore Flyer
• Integral bridge design for Channel Tunnel Rail-link

Expert witness for :
• Bridge foundation movements, Perth
• Slurry trench collapse, Perth
• Warnbro footings
• Excavation collapse in Kinsale, Ireland
• Instability of landfill, Avoca, Ireland

• Advice to Gypsum Industries , John Barnett & Associates, MC O’ Sullivan, Arup and CainWhite engineering .
• Co-ordination of instrumentation projects for road works and piling contracts
• Director of Irish Centre for Offshore and Marine Geotechnics
• Advice to Midas IT software (Korea) for integral bridge design program
• Senior Geotechnical designer for MTRC Kowloon and Tsing Yi stations and interlinking running tunnels (forming part of the railway to Chek Lap Kok)
• Technical leader for production of interpretative geotechnical report for CrossRail tunnel in London
• Design and supervision of foundations such :
o North Fleet Jetty, London
o Raft for Moorgate Hall, City of London
o Billingsgate market refurbishment including installation of grout curtain and jetty construction
o Didcot reinforced embankments, UK
o Darlington Town Centre re-development
o Piles for Bangkok Elevated Rail Transit (Thailand)
o BP Grangemouth tanks (Scotland)
• Programming of OASYS FREW, VDISP, ALP, MINLIN, STAWAL & PILSET commercial software packages for wall, shallow foundation and pile design
• Offshore platform feasibility studies for Sumitomo and BP, Foundation design for Ravenspurn C gravity platform in North Sea.


BE Cork, PhD Imp.Coll.(Lond.), DIC, CEng, MIEI, FTCD

Previous Positions

Ove Arup & Partners (1984-1988 and 1992-1993)
Imperial College London (1988-1992)
Trinity College Dublin (1993-2002)
University of Western Australia (2002- present)



Funding Received

Current active research programmes include:

• Numerical derivation of CPT-based p-y curves for laterally loaded piles
• The geotechnical characteristics of sediments in Australia’s North West Shelf
• The lateral response of piles in weak rock
• Ageing of pile shaft friction in sands
• Characterisation of Australian (lateritic) residual soils

• Application of the dilatometer to settlement prediction in sands
• Extraction resistance of suction caissons
• Hybrid foundations for offshore wind turbines
• Reliability of foundation designs
• Re-loading and re-use of shallow foundations
• The response of skirted foundations to combined loading
• Soil structure interaction for integral bridges
In-situ test based methods for pile design
• The application of factors of safety in Finite Element geotechnical designs
• Load transfer to buried pipes
• The effects of particles shape on the shear strength of granular soils

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

Deputy Head , School of Civil & Resource Engineering, UWA
Technical & Research Leader (Geotechnics) for Arup Australasia


BE (Hons 1) University College Cork (1984)
Ove Arup & Partners, London (1984-1988)
Imperial College London (1988-1992)
Ove Arup London and Hong Kong (1992-1993)
Trinity College Dublin (1993-2002)
University of Western Australia (2002-present)

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