Christophe Gaudin

Professor, MEng PhD EcoleCentraleNantes

  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 1586 Citations
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Personal profile


Master Degree with honors in Civil Engineering in 1999 at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France), with a final dissertation about the assessment of the stress state in centrifuged sand sample by in-flight cone penetrometer tests.
PhD in Geotechnical Engineering in 2002 at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France), discussing a dissertation on: “Physical and numerical modelling of a cantilever wall - Application to the study of wall foundation interaction” (Supervisor Dr. Jacques Garnier, Director of Research, Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées).
After four years working on the LCPC centrifuge, Christophe joined COFS in July 2003.

Roles and responsibilities

COFS Deputy Director
NGCF Director

Future research

Offshore renewable

Funding overview

Over $5.5M of industry funding in the last 6 years and over $34M of government competitive funding, including ARC LIEF application of $1.5M to establish a 10m in diameter beam centrifuge by 2015 through the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facilties (NGCF)

Industrial relevance

Collaboration with Advanced Geomechanics, ARUP, BMT Asia Pacific, Intecsea, BP, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Keppel through centrifuge modelling to assist in design of offshore structures

Teaching overview

15 PhD Students (7 completed), 2 Master students and over 24 honour students


• Centrifuge modelling
• Suction caisson
• Anchoring systems
• Scale effect in centrifuge modelling
• Soil characterisation
• Soil pipe interaction
• Hybrid foundations




  • Centrifuge modelling
  • Plate and torpedo anchor installation and performance
  • Suction caisson installation and performance
  • Pipeline laying and buckling
  • Spudcan extraction
  • Soil characterisation

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Projects 2005 2021

Research Output 2002 2018

Anchoring systems: Anchor types, installation, and design

O'Loughlin, C., Neubecker, S. & Gaudin, C. 25 Jan 2018 Encyclopaedia of Marine and Offshore Engineering. Carlton, J., Jukes, P. & Choo, Y. S. (eds.). John Wiley & Sons

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Drained monotonic and cyclic capacity of a dynamically installed plate anchor in sand

Chow, S. H., O'Loughlin, C., Gaudin, C. & Tore Lieng, J. 15 Jan 2018 In : Ocean Engineering. 148, p. 588–601

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


New anchoring paradigms for floating renewables

Gaudin, C., O'Loughlin, C., Duong, M. T., Herduin, M., Fiumana, N., Draper, S., Wolgamot, H. A., Zhao, L. & Cassidy, M. J. 2018 Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. United Kingdom: Technical Committee of the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Geotechnical engineering
Wind turbines
offshore engineering
Numerical analysis

Post-preload undrained uniaxial capacities of skirted circular foundations in clay

Fu, D., Gaudin, C., Tian, Y., Bienen, B. & Cassidy, M. J. 1 Jan 2018 In : Ocean Engineering. 147, p. 355-369 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Shear strength


Best Paper for Q2 2015 in Géotechnique Letters

Shiaohuey Chow (Recipient), Conleth O'Loughlin (Recipient), Riccardo Corti (Recipient), Christophe Gaudin (Recipient) & Andrea Diambra (Recipient), 2015

Prize/award: Prize

Telford Premium Prize

Shiaohuey Chow (Recipient), Conleth O'Loughlin (Recipient), Riccardo Corti (Recipient), Christophe Gaudin (Recipient) & Andrea Diambra (Recipient), 2016

Prize/award: Prize

honors and awards