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

    6009 Perth


  • 2184 Citations
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Personal profile


Christophe was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Nantes in 1992. After 4 years professional experience in geotechnical engineering consulting services, Christophe went back to the university and was awarded a Master of Science from the University of Nantes in 1998, and a Master of Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in 1999 with a final dissertation about the assessment of the stress state in centrifuged sand sample by in-flight cone penetrometer tests. Christophe was then awarded a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Nov. 2002 for 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).

Christophe joined the University of Western Australia in July 2003, where he rapidly took a leadership role in managing and developing the centrifuge facilities, creating in 2016 the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facilities (NGCF), an internationally recognised physical modelling facility that is servicing the academic community and the international offshore oil and gas and renewables industry. Christophe saw rapid promotion to Professorial Research Fellow in 2010 and Professor in 2014, while holding positions of NGCF Director from 2003 to 2017, Deputy Director (2010-2017) and Director (2017-on-going) of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), Founding Director (2017-on-going) of the Wave Energy Research Centre WERC), and Head (2018-on-going) of the newly created Oceans Graduate School (OGS).

Roles and responsibilities

Head, Oceans Graduate School

Director, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems,

Director, Wave Energy Research Centre

Future research

Offshore renewables

Funding overview

Christophe has raised and managed over $6M of industry funding and over $40M of government competitive funding. Industry funding include notably significant research projects for the oil and gas Majors in the North West Shelf, Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. Christophe has led large competitive funding initiatives, including a $1M grant with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, a $1.5M grant with the Australian Research Council to establish the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility and recently, a $4M grant with the WA State Government to establish the Albany Wave Energy Research Centre. Christophe has also played a leadership role in the establishment and development of the $14M ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering, and of the $10M ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub in Offshore Floating Facilities.

Industrial relevance

Christophe is collaborating with multiple academic institutions worldwide, including Oxford University, Plymouth University, Oregon State University, C-Core Canada, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, and with multiple industry partners, including Woodside, Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, Fugro, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Delmar Inc. and Carnegie Clean Energy.

Teaching overview

23 PhD Students (15 completed), 4 Master students and over 24 honour students


• Physical modelling
• Anchoring systems
• Soil characterisation
• Soil-structure interaction




  • 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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Centrifuges Engineering & Materials Science
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Soils Engineering & Materials Science
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Research Output 2002 2019

Behavior of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Piled Embankments with Defective Piles

King, L., Bouazza, A., Gaudin, C., O'Loughlin, C. D. & Bui, H. H., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 145, 11, 04019090.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Centrifuge modelling of a novel skirted spudcan for penetration in layered soil

O’Loughlin, C., Gaudin, C., Quah, M. & Perry, M., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), (Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Silica sand
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Characterisation of UWA superfine silica sand

Chow, S. H., Roy, A., Herduin, M., Heins, E., King, L., Bienen, B., O'Loughlin, C., Gaudin, C. & Cassidy, M., 25 Sep 2019, (Unpublished) 29 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output


Drained capacity of a suction caisson in sand under inclined loading

Zhao, L., Gaudin, C., O'Loughlin, C. D., Hambleton, J. P., Cassidy, M. J. & Herduin, M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 145, 2, 12 p., 04018107.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Finite element method

Projects 2005 2021


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


ICE Bishop Medal

Christophe Gaudin (Recipient), 2012



Telford Premium Prize

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


honors and awards