We are pleased to be working with the University of Wollongong (UOW), the distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna and other project participants from academia and industry on the 2017 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project: Mud Pumping in Heavy Haul Railroads – Assessment and Control.
Over the next three years, Coffey will be a part of this significant collaboration on the ARC Linkage project. ARC funds industry-based Training Centres that focus on projects that deal specifically with Rail Technologies for Australian conditions and trains PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows who can contribute to the industry.
“These collaborative projects are an essential component in ensuring we remain at the forefront of our profession” said Ross Best, Geotechnical Practice Lead. “They support cutting edge research and provide valuable training for professionals as well as quantifiable geotechnical outcomes that benefit business and the wider community” continued Ross.
As part of the program, we will actively collaborate with the research team on the ARC Linkage project and be involved in the investigation of the causes of mud pumping and the effectiveness of drainage. Mud pumping is an issue the Australian Rail and Track Corporation (ARTC) is currently tackling especially on its Melbourne to Sydney route and the study aims to improve track longevity and reduce maintenance costs.
“This project is incredibly important for rapid transport systems that cross unstable soil deposits vulnerable to mud pumping and we are very happy to be contributing to it” said Lawrence Smith, NSW/ACT Regional General Manager.