Mark Randolph

Emeritus Professor, AO, MA Oxf., PhD Camb., DSc h.c ETH Zürich, FAA, FREng, FRS, FTSE, HonFIEAust, CPEng

  • The University of Western Australia (M053), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Mark Randolph is Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow in the Oceans Graduate School at UWA, having retired in mid-2020 after 34 years at UWA.

Mark graduated from Oxford University (BA 1973, MA 1978) and after joining the Building Research Establishment in the UK, undertook a PhD at Cambridge University (PhD 1978). During the second year of his PhD he was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College and then was appointed to the staff in the Engineering Department. After lecturing for eight years at Cambridge, he migrated to Perth to join the staff at UWA in Civil Engineering, drawn here by the evident opportunities provided by offshore oil and gas developments on the North-West Shelf. With colleagues he expanded the geomechanics research group and in 1997 became founding Director of the ARC-funded Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, which continues to the day, now within the Oceans Graduate School. In parallel, he has been active in consultancy, originally as one of the founding directors of a specialist offshore geotechnical consultancy, Advanced Geomechanics and currently (since that company was acquired by Fugro) acts as a Technical Authority within Fugro.

Mark is a co-author of two widely used books, Piling Engineering and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering. These reflect his two main research interests: (a) piled foundations, including dynamics of pile driving and piled rafts; (b) offshore foundation systems with particular emphasis on soft sediments and calcareous soils, suction caissons, pipelines and different forms of anchoring. He is among the most widely cited geotechnical academic, with (Scopus) h-index of 77 in 2021 and with over 2000 citations per year. He has received many awards over the years and given a range of ‘Honour’ lectures including (in 2003) the prestigious Rankine Lecture in the UK. He is a Fellow of several learned academies, including the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (1993), the Australian Academy of Science (2000), the UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering (2002) and the Royal Society (2011). He was the WA Scientist of the Year in 2013 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the ETH, Zurich in 2015. He was the 2020 Inductee to the WA Science Hall of Fame and was named an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2021.

Mark continues as an active academic and consultant, assisting in the supervision of PhD students at UWA and engaging with the offshore and foundation engineering industries. He is the author of widely software for pile analysis (PIGLET; pile groups; RATZ: (cyclic) axial response of piles; IMPACT: pile driving and stress-wave analysis; AGSPANC: (proprietary) suction caisson analysis), collaborating with UWA colleague A/Prof James Doherty over the Geocalcs web-site (www.geocalcs.com). In 2020, he was made a Life Member of the Australian Geomechanics Society and was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • Anchor design
  • Caisson and skirted foundations
  • Calcareous soil
  • Centrifuge model testing
  • Foundation analysis and design
  • Numerical and analytical methods
  • Penetrometer testing
  • Pile dynamics
  • Pile foundations
  • Pipeline response
  • Risers
  • Site investigation
  • Soil mechanics

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