Barry Lehane

Professor, BE Cork, PhD Imp.Coll.(Lond.), DIC, CPEng, FIEAust, FTCD, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aus), RPEQ

  • The University of Western Australia (M051), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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)

Roles and responsibilities

  • Winthrop Professor, Dept. Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering
  • Technical lead geotechnics at Arup
  • Design consultant to range of organisations such as NGI, Subsea 7, Ramboll, Laing O'Rourke..
  • Director Belpile Pty Ltd

Funding overview

Current active research programmes include:

  • Ageing of shaft friction for piles in clay and sand
  • Use of photogrammetry in the measurement of soil reponse under traixial conditions
  • Effect of installation method on the axial capacity of piles
  • Formulation of simple design methods for offshore wind turbine foundations
  • Application of ultrasonic sensors in piling and in-situ concrete
  • Improving screw pile design methods
  • Applications of CPT to predicting the performance of foundations

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)

Industrial relevance

Present Industry roles

  • Geotechnical lead for Fremantle Bridge Alliance
  • Technical onshore and offshore geotechnical lead, Arup, Perth (various projects incl EQ4/6 tower, Perth & Trefoil, Bass Strait)
  • Advisor to Subsea 7 for Seagreen offshore wind farm foundations (Scotland)
  • Advisor to Ramboll and Sinotech for offshore wind farms in Taiwan
  • Design certification for Belpile (Perth, Adelaide & Brisbane)
  • Advisor to Laing O'Rourke (MEL viaducts/bridges), Royal Haskoning (dry dock, WA)

Sample past projects

  • 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 Flye
  • • Integral bridge design for Channel Tunnel Rail-link
  • Suction caissons for Seagreen offshore wind farm

    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.

Teaching overview

Applied Geomechanics
Foundation Engineering
Underground Construction
Environmental Geomechanics
Soil Mechanics


Soil Mechanics
Geotechnical Engineering
Foundation Engineering
Numerical modelling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Foundation design and testing
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil mechanics


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