James Doherty

Associate Professor, BCEng Newcastle(NSW), PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 393 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am a geotechnical engineer and an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia. I focus on the development and use of technology to automate data interpretation, optimize engineering design and enhance design workflow.

I am an author of more than 60 international scientific papers, but increasingly I pursue more rapid forms of dissemination that have more value than publications alone. I founded the open access portal (www.geocalcs.com ) to deliver powerful engineering design tools based on my research, as well as the research of others. The geocalcs platform has over 1000 registered users in more than 60 countries and typically handles 1000s of simulations on a monthly basis.

I have built enterprise cloud based engineering design platforms for multinational company Fugro, as well as small start-up businesses, such as Bubbledeck and Sludgeanalytics. These platforms have sped up calculation tasks by orders of magnitude, in some case reducing calculation run times from more than 12 hours to less than 5 seconds.

I have worked as a consultant and researcher across a range of industries including major civil infrastructure, deep hard rock mining, and offshore oil and gas.

I have a unique skill set, with world leading expertise in geotechnics and cloud computing technologies and a strong vision of how to combine these skills to deliver impact and value for UWA, our industry partners and the wider community.


  • Numerical and analytical methods
  • Soil mechanics
  • Soil–structure interaction
  • Computational mechanics
  • Geotechnical engineering

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Research Output 2002 2019

66 Downloads (Pure)

An optimization strategy for evaluating modified cam clay parameters using self-boring pressuremeter test data

Gaone, F. M., Doherty, J. P. & Gourvenec, S., 1 Jan 2019, In : Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 56, 11, p. 1668-1679 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Life cycle changes in p-y stiffness for a conductor pile installed in carbonate silt: Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering

Doherty, J., White, D., Watson, P. & Grime, A., 2019, VSOE 2018: Proceedings of the 1st Vietnam Symposium on Advances in Offshore Engineering. Singapore: Springer, Vol. 18. p. 362-368 7 p. (Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

civil engineering
life cycle

Settlement of deep footings in reconstituted sand

Bagbag, A. A., Lehane, B. M. & Doherty, J. P., Mar 2019, In : Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 56, 3, p. 449-459 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Offshore wind turbines
Pile foundations
Wind turbines
7 Citations (Scopus)

A novel web based application for storing, managing and sharing geotechnical data, illustrated using the national soft soil field testing facility in Ballina, Australia

Doherty, J. P., Gourvenec, S., Gaone, F. M., Pineda, J. A., Kelly, R., O'Loughlin, C. D., Cassidy, M. J. & Sloan, S. W., 1 Jan 2018, In : Computers and Geotechnics. 93, p. 3-8 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

soft soil
site investigation

Projects 2004 2021