Cristina Vulpe

Dr, PhD ParisTech

  • The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a researcher in geotechnical engineering at the University of Western Australia. By using numerical modelling, coupled with laboratory and centrifuge testing, I provide safe and economic solutions for the deployment and management of onshore and offshore infrastructure.

I studied and worked in Romania, Italy, France and Australia on a wide range of geotechnical engineering issues from quantifying the seismic response of soils in Tuscany to developing design methodologies for deep-water foundations in the North West Shelf of Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

2021 - : Academic management of the UWA Geotechnical Soils Lab

2022 - : Member of the School of Engineering Safety Committee

2023 - : Member of the UWA Academic Board

2023 - : Member of the UWA Academic Council

Teaching overview

2021 - : GENG5502 - Environmental Geotechnics

2023 - : GENG5507 - Risk, Reliability and Safety

Current projects

Amira P1217: Evaluation of Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF) monitoring technologies

Electrokinetic dewatering of fine grain soils/tailings

Soil moisture sensing technologies

Research interests

Small strain stiffness of soils and mine waste residue

Structural health monitoring of mining infrastructure by means established and emerging monitoring technologies (InSAR, fibre optics, geophones, ground-based radar, piezometers, etc)

Soil-water-structure interaction

Multi-directional degree of loading of offshore infrastructure

Consolidation effects on mining and offshore infrastructure

Industrial relevance

My design methodologies for predicting the bearing capacity of offshore shallow foundations are included in ISO: 19901-4 “Petroleum and natural gas industries - Specific requirements for offshore structures - Part 4: Geotechnical and foundation design considerations”.

Collaboration with 18 industry partners (a mix of mining industry partners and monitoring technology specialists) to meaningfully evaluate a range of monitoring technologies and their suitability for application to providing advance warning of potential TSFs instabilities. The outcomes of this project provide meaningful insight into appropriately selected instrumentation that measure meaningful parameters. These measurements will act as trigger warnings for detecting the potential onset of failures that may be prevented. 

Co-authored over 70 reports related to soil characterisation used for large scale Oil&Gas developments in the North West Shelf, WA (Prelude, Browse, Gorgon) and other parts around the world.

Provide technical expertise to mining industry partners on tailings characterisation 


English, Romanian, Italian, French

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, École des Ponts ParisTech

Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Energy
  • Mining and Resources
  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Soil characterisation
  • Soil mechanics
  • Soil–structure–fluid interaction
  • Consolidation effects
  • Cyclic behaviour of soils
  • Monitoring technologies
  • Digital twins
  • Numerical modelling


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