Shiaohuey Chow


  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Shiaohuey Chow is an experimentalist in geotechnical engineering. Her research provides solutions in offshore geotechnical engineering relevant to both the oil and gas and the renewable energy industries through physical modelling technique. Her expertise includes offshore geotechnical site investigation using free-fall penetrometers, anchoring solution in sand and strain rate effects in soil. Her most recent research focuses on partially drained to undrained behaviour in sand. Her works have received several international best paper awards in the last 5 years.

Shiaohuey obtained her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013, and her MEng degree in geotechnical engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2003. She has worked as a structural design engineer and lecturer in civil engineering in Malaysia prior to her PhD.

Funding overview

(G9) Bransby F, O'Loughlin CD & Chow SH (2020-2022). Crusty Seabeds: From (Bio-)Genesis To Reliable Offshore Design, Discovery Project DP200103468, Australian Research Council (AUD 400,000)

(G8) Chow SH, Bienen B, Randolph MF & Dong W (2019-2021). Solutions for rapid penetration into sand for offshore energy installations, Discovery Project DP190100914, Australian Research Council (AUD 335,000)

(G7) Kim Y, Rijnsdorp D & Chow SH (2019). Development of a novel dynamically installed anchor through Australia-Korea joint venture research, UWA RIGG (AUD 19,300)

(G6) Cassidy M, Chow SH, Bienen B, O’Loughlin C & Wolgamot H (2016-2018). Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair & Centre of Excellence (Follow-on Funding), Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd (AUD 1,005,387)

(G5) Draper S, Jones N, Collin S, Wolgamot H, Zhao W & Chow SH (2016-2020). RiverLab, Woodside Energy Ltd (AUD 375,000)

(G4) Chow SH & Diambra A (2016-2017). Plate Anchors for Offshore Renewable Energy Application: Predicting Cyclic Behaviour in Sand. UWA Research Collaboration Award (AUD 11,987)

(G3) Chow SH (2013-2014). Interpretation of free falling penetrometer (FFP) tests in clay for offshore site investigation. UWA ECM Research Development Grant (AUD 20,000)

(G2) Chow SH, Anas Ibrahim & Abdul Naser Abdul Ghani (2007-2008). Effect of hydrostatic pressure on geocomposite stabilised soil retaining structures. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (MYR 20,000)

(G1) Chow SH, Ng SF, Salwah Che Mat (2007-2009). Development of a survey instrument to evaluate student readiness in e-learning in Malaysia. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (MYR 10,000)

Teaching overview

Lecturer for GENG5502 - Environmental Geotechnics (fourth year undergraduate module on groundwater flow, contaminant transport and dam design)


Offshore site investigation - free falling penetrometers
Rate effects in soil
Offshore anchoring systems in sand
Geotechnical physical modelling

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

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Oceans
  • Mining and Resources

Research expertise keywords

  • Dynamically installed anchors in sand
  • Free-fall penetrometers
  • Offshore geomechanics
  • Plate anchors in sand
  • Soil physical modelling (1g and centrifuge)
  • Strain rate effects in soil


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