Mark Cassidy

Professor, BE Qld, DPhil Oxf., FIEAust, FTSE

  • The University of Western Australia (M417), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2706 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
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Professor Mark Cassidy is an ARC Laureate Fellow, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair in Offshore Foundations, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering and Director of UWA’s Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

Mark’s research interests are in offshore geotechnics and engineering, predominantly in developing models for the analysis of oil and gas platforms, mobile drilling rigs, anchors and pipelines. Mark has published over 190 refereed journal and conference papers and jointly holds two international patents with Singaporean mobile jack-up builders Keppel Offshore and Marine.

Funding overview

National Competitive Grants: over $24.3 million (to UWA, incl. 17 ARC);
Industry and charitable foundations: over $10.2 million.

Selection from last 5 years:

2015-20 ARC ITRH for Offshore Floating Facilities. White, Cassidy, et al. (15CIs, 6PIs, 2 Unis, Shell, Woodside, Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas): $9,499,000
2015-19 Fugro Chair for Geotechnics and PhD Scholarships. Cassidy and Randolph, $1,700,000
2015-17 ARC Discovery. Harnessing the power of oceans: anchors for floating energy devices, Gaudin, Cassidy, O’Loughlin, Hambleton, $571,800
2014-17 ARC Linkage and Daewoo. Investigation of alternative footing shapes to mitigate instabilities during installation of offshore drilling platforms, Hossain, Cassidy, Hu, Won, Park, Kim, $650,105
2013-18 ARC Laureate Fellowship. New frontiers in offshore geotechnics: Securing Australia’s energy future, Cassidy, $3,204,762
2013 Lloyd’s Register, Scotland. Suction bucket foundations for offshore wind energy installations in layered soils, Bienen and Cassidy, $95,550
2011-17 ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering. Sloan, Cassidy et al. (13CIs, 3 Uni., 4 industry), $14,400,000
2011-15 Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Research Chair on Offshore Foundations. Cassidy, $2,400,000
2011-14 ARC Discovery. Predicting the foundation performance of offshore jack-up drilling rigs in intermediate soils, Bienen and Cassidy, $330,000
2010-14 Australia-China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund. Geotechnical solutions for engineering deep water gas fields, Cassidy, et al. (5CIs/5PIs, 4 Unis), $656,347
2010-13 ARC Future Fellowship. Engineering solutions for the next generation of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, Cassidy, $893,800
2010 ExxonMobil, Validation of SEPLA for long-term mooring, Randolph, Gaudin, Cassidy, $299,000
2008-12 CSIRO Flagship Fund. Cluster on Subsea pipelines for reliable and safe development of ocean hydrocarbon resources, Cassidy et al. (14CIs, 6 Unis), $3,590,000
2008-10 InSafe Joint Industry Project. Improved guidelines for the prediction of spudcan foundations during installation and removal of jack-up units, (19 industry, incl. Shell, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, ABS, Maersk; 3 Unis: UWA, Oxford, NUS), US$864,000

Previous positions

2010-13 ARC Future Fellow (Level 3)
2007-10 Cluster Leader, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship Cluster on Subsea Pipelines
2000-05 Professorial Fellow (Research), Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Research Associate, COFS, UWA
1999 Intern, World Commission on Dams, Cape Town, South Africa
1998 Stipendiary Lecturer, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
1995 Engineer, Ove Arup and Partners, Brisbane


  • Caisson and skirted foundations
  • Finite element analysis
  • Foundation analysis and design
  • Mobile jack-up platforms
  • Numerical and analytical methods
  • Offshore geomechanics
  • Reliability and risk
  • Soil–structure–fluid interaction
  • Geotechnical centrifuge modelling

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Projects 2001 2021

Research Output 2001 2019

5 Citations
soft soil
site investigation

Bayesian prediction of peak resistance of a spudcan penetrating sand-over-clay

Li, J., Hu, P., Uzielli, M. & Cassidy, M. J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Geotechnique. 68, 10, p. 905-917 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

jack up platform
1 Citations

Bearing capacity on sand overlying clay: An analytical model for predicting post peak behaviour

Hu, P., Cassidy, M. J. & Randolph, M. F., 1 May 2018, In : Marine Structures. 59, p. 94-104 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bearing capacity
Analytical models
shear strength

Effect of tension on the combined loading failure envelope of a pipeline on soft clay seabed

Zhou, T., Tian, Y. & Cassidy, M. J., 1 Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Geomechanics. 18, 10, 04018131.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

soft clay
bearing capacity


Uniform Silica Sand Direct Shear Dataset

Davis, O. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 17 Oct 2018




David Hislop Award

Yinghui Tian (Recipient), Mark Randolph (Recipient) & Mark Cassidy (Recipient), 2016

Prize/award: Honorary award