Zefeng Zhou


  • The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a geotechnical engineer working on offshore renewable and Oil&Gas sectors. My work has been primarily focused on offshore geotechnics including offshore foundations & anchors design, offshore wind farm verification, soil parametric study, Earthquake analysis, advanced numerical modelling, physical modelling and geotechnical laboratory experiments.

I completed my PhD at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) at UWA in 2019. During my PhD research, I investigated and unlocked the changing seabed strength and stiffness due to cyclic remoulding and consolidation, and developed a new critical state-inspired model to capture whole-life soil behaviours. 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Offshore geotechnical engineering, PhD, The changing strength of clay around subsea infrastructure, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

1 Apr 20151 Mar 2019

Award Date: 1 Mar 2019

External positions

Senior geotechnical engineer, DNV GL Group

1 Jul 201231 May 2020

Research expertise keywords

  • Offshore foundations
  • Cyclic behaviour of soils
  • Consolidation effects
  • Changing soil strength
  • Digital twins
  • Centrifuge and 1g physical modelling
  • Anchor design
  • Subsea foundation analysis and design
  • Earthquakes
  • Novel penetrometers
  • Risers and mooring lines engineering
  • Suction caisson installation and performance


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