Conleth O'Loughlin

Professor, BCE Belf., PhD Coll.Dub.

  • The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway


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Personal profile


I am a geotechnical engineer and scientist, with extensive research and industry experience, specialising in geotechnical aspects of offshore energy developments. My research focuses on the safe and sustainable development of the world’s offshore energy reserves, particularly offshore renewable wind and wave energy, but also the depleting supply of offshore hydrocarbons.

I have significant experience in developing and managing large multi-party research programmes, with a particular focus on the transfer of university developed technology into industry practice. This research has been supported by $24.2M in funding, $18.6M in competitive research grants and $5.6M in industry-sponsored research, leading to 150 publications, 41 industry commissioned technical reports and 2 international patents. My research has informed the design of offshore infrastructure, been codified in design guidelines and in industry utilised software, and has been transferred to industry through commercialisation contracts.

I am the Director of the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility (NGCF), a flagship research infrastructure facility for the university that is globally recognised as setting and maintaining the highest standards for geotechnical centrifuge modelling. The NGCF has underpinned much of the success and impact that UWA has achieved in offshore geotechnics, and has been heavily utilised by the global offshore industry for the design of offshore infrastructure and foundations

I am the Chair of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (UK Institute of Civil Engineers), Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board for Géotechnique Letters (UK Institute of Civil Engineers), and have held several positions on local and international organising committees for various international conferencs.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • Centrifuge modelling
  • Offshore geomechanics
  • Installation and performance of dynamically installed torpedo anchors
  • Installation and performance of plate anchors
  • In-situ penetrometers for characterisation soft soil


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