Barry Lehane

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 2503 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
1992 …2021
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Personal profile


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

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

Funding overview

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

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

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.

Teaching overview

Applied Geomechanics
Foundation Engineering
Underground Construction
Environmental Geomechanics
Soil Mechanics


Soil Mechanics
Geotechnical Engineering
Foundation Engineering
Numerical modelling


  • Foundation design and testing
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil mechanics

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Research Output 1992 2019

A numerical study to assist assessment of the stability of shallow coal mine goafs

Zhang, F. & Lehane, B., Aug 2019, In : Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. 37, 4, p. 2837-2846 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coal mines
coal mine
coal seam
3 Citations (Scopus)

Empirical approach based on centrifuge testing for cyclic deformations of laterally loaded piles in sand

Truong, P., Lehane, B. M., Zania & Klinkvort, R. T., Feb 2019, In : Geotechnique. 69, 2, p. 133-145 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Evaluation of installation effects on set-up of field displacement piles in sand

Anusic, I., Lehane, B. M., Eiksund, G. R. & Liingaard, M. A., Apr 2019, In : Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 56, 4, p. 461-472 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Influence of installation method on static lateral response of displacement piles in sand

Anusic, I., Lehane, B. M., Eiksund, G. R. & Liingaard, M. A., 1 Sep 2019, In : Geotechnique Letters. 9, 3, p. 193-197 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cone penetration test
1 Citation (Scopus)

Pile groups under axial loading: an appraisal of simplified non-linear prediction models

Sheil, B. B., McCabe, B. A., Comodromos, E. M. & Lehane, B. M., Jul 2019, In : Geotechnique. 69, 7, p. 565-579 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Projects 2003 2021