We are currently calling for expressions of interest for several PhD positions in SPARC. This is an unprecedented opportunity for recent graduates to establish their postgraduate career in various engineering fields and to work in an intellectually exhilarating and vibrant environment towards excellence.
SPARC Hub is organising two webinar training sessions in partnership with IPWEA Victoria and City of Monash. The tiles of these sessions are as follows.
Part 1 – Unbound and Subgrade Materials Characterisation
Part 2 - Australian Flexible Pavement Design Approach and Climatic Effects
Part 1 session is scheduled to be held on the 25th of May 2020 from 2.30 pm to 4 pm. It will include the basic properties of unbound and subgrade materials, pavement material requirements, compaction behaviour for different soils, strength and stiffness of the materials and associated laboratory testing and distress mechanisms under traffic. Click here to register for the Part 1 training session.
Part 2 session is scheduled to be held on the 25th of June 2020 from 2.30 pm to 4 pm. It will include an overview of estimating the design traffic, design of unbound granular layers with thin seal using the empirical chart and mechanistic design of flexible pavements. Also, likely climatic effects will be discussed briefly. Click here to register for the Part 2 training session.
The Australian Research Council Smart Pavements Hub (SPARC) held its third Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting (via ZOOM) on the 1st of April, 20 with the participation of eminent experts representing industry partners of the Hub. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Madeleine McManus OAM (Director of Industry Engagement, Faculty of Eng, Monash University) and Mr Michael Caltabiano (ARRB CEO).
SPARC Hub Director Professor Jayantha Kodikara updated the progress and status of the Hub particularly in relation to the current COVID19 management. Subsequently, Theme Leaders, Professor Jayantha Kodikara (Theme#1), Professor Jeffrey Walker (Theme#2), Professor Jay Sanjayan (Theme#3), Professor Hai Vu (Theme#4) and Professor Sujeeva Setunge (Theme#5), gave presentations on the progress of their theme to date. Also, Dr Didier Bodin from ARRB gave a background to the sensing work undertaken in a test pavement that will be subjected to Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF) trafficking.
The IAB members provided excellent feedback on the progress of research projects and offered recommendations on the engagement of the industry partners into the hub research activities.
The ARC Smart Pavements Hub (SPARC) held its first Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting (via ZOOM) on the 18th of March, 2020 with the participation of eminent experts representing local and overseas universities. The SAB members (https://sparchub.org.au/team/scientific-advisory-board) provided excellent feedback on the research activities that are currently undertaken by the Hub.
They also offered strategic advice and recommendations on managing the Hub research program (https://sparchub.org.au/projects) to foster and enrich the Hub overall objectives and goals.
Co-sponsored by TRB, the next 6th international conference on Accelerated Pavement Testing (APT) will be organized by IFSTTAR in Nantes (France) on September 21-23, 2020. Click here to find more about this conference.
The ARC Smart Pavements Research Hub (SP/\RC)’s Ignition function was held on 15th of April and was a success! It brought members together, near and far, to celebrate the research collaboration and to start the countdown to the official Ministerial Launch.
The Director and the Management Team are delighted to invite you to attend the Hub’s Ignition Function on Monday the 15th of April 2019 at 2:30pm to celebrate research collaboration and industry partnerships and start the countdown to our official Ministerial Launch. We would be honoured to have your presence at this event.
Monash Civil Engineering through Monash Infrastructure has won an Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub project on Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements in the latest funding round.