Research Topic – Geotechnics and Transportation

Updated : 27/01/2014

There are five research groups in the department, i.e. Ground Improvement Research Group (GIRG), Soft Soil Engineering Research Group (SSERG), Geohazards Research Group (GRG), Pavement Research Group (PRG) and Transportation Research Group (TRG). These groups also involve in contract researches and consultancy works in civil engineering design, site investigation works, and assessment of traffic and pavement conditions. Some of the research works conducted by the researchers in the department are :


  1. 2D and 3D FE Analysis of Reinforced Embankment on Soft Ground
  2. Analytical and Numerical Analyses of Twin Tunnel Interaction
  3. Assessment of Excavation Performance of Old Alluvium in the Earthwork
  4. Changes in Engineering Properties of Weathered Rock Masses Due to Moisture Content
  5. Distributed Optical Fibre Strain Sensing In Tunnels And Piles
  6. Influence of an Existing Structure on Ground Movements due to Tunneling
  7. Mechanics of Rainfall Infiltration Through Soil Slope
  8. Mechanics of Water Flow Through Residual Soil Slope
  9. Migration Characteristics of Metal Contaminants Through a Peat Soil
  10. Mitigaing Rainfall Induced Slope Failure by Surface Improvement Utilizing Capillary Barrier
  11. Numerical Analysis of Gap Parameter in the EPB shield Tunneling in Soft Soils
  12. Parametric of The Tunnel-Soil-Pile Interaction
  13. Performance of Horizontal Soil Hook System in Sand
  14. Preliminary Analysis of Tree-Induced Suctions on Slope Stability
  15. Preventive Measures for Surficial Slope Failures Induced by Rainfall
  16. Sand Behavior Characterization for Various Grain Size Distributions
  17. Strength Development of Organics Soils Stabilized by Lime-Zeolite
  18. Study on the Development of Saturation Profile in Soil Slope
  19. Study on the Development Saturation Profile in Soil & Its Effect on Groundwater Fluctuation
  20. The Effect of Catalyst on Soil Stabilization by Application of Lime
  21. The Effect of Moisture Content to The Strength of Weath and Rock in Humid Tropical Climate
  22. Three-Dimensional Stability Analysis in Clay Soil Slopes using Optimisation Techniques
  23. Vegetative Induced Matric Suction Changes in an Unsaturated Soils and Effects on Land Deformations
  24. Nano Structure Study on the Mechanism of Lime Stabilized Soil
  25. Engineering Characteristics of Cement Treated Malaysia Black Soils
  26. Modelling Toll Operations in Malaysia
  27. The Use of Palm Oil Products to Modify and Rejuvenate Bitumen
  28. Bearing Capacity of Ribbed Raft Foundation
  29. Engineering Characteristics of Quicklime Treated Slime from Ex-Mining Pond
  30. The Pedestrians Characteristic While Crossing Road at Random Locations
  31. Stability Analysis and Remedial Measures of Cut Slopes
  32. Engineering Classification of Weak Rocks in Malaysia
  33. Asphaltic Concrete and Concrete Block Composite Pavement
  34. Modelling of Effects of Rainfall on Long Term Matric Conditions in Unsaturated Soils
  35. Improvement of Soft Saturated Clay using Electro-Kinetic Dewatering and Hardening.
  36. Lime Stabilisation for Marginal Subgrade as a ‘Capping Layer’.
  37. A Systematic Classification of Filled Joint in Granite
  38. Modification of Malaysian Cohesive Soils with Lime
  39. The Uplift Behaviour of Pile in Sand
  40. Characterisation of Malaysian Residual Soils for Geotechnical and Construction Engineering.
  41. Performance Characteristics of Muar Trial Embankments.
  42. Stabilisation of Contaminated Soil With Lime
  43. Development of Rapid Consolidation Equipment for Cohesive Soil
  44. An Effective Rock Bolting Systems for Filled Joint in Granite
  45. Geological, Geotechnical and Hydrological Assessment Study on Landslide Occurance atSungai Air Hitam Besar Basin & Vacinity, Gunung Pulai, Johor
  46. Study of compressibility characteristics of peat soils using large strain consolidometer.
  47. Engineering properties of weathered granites for excavation purposes.
  48. The performance of soft clay reinforced with bamboo-geotextile composite overlaid by granular soil.
  49. An evaluation on fundamental engineering properties of fluid-modified clayey soil.
  50. Geotechnical properties of remolded residual soil.
  51. Landslide Investigation Using Information Technology Tools.
  52. The Effect of Thickness and Laying Pattern on Concrete Block Pavement.
  53. Excavatability of unclassified hard materials.


  1. Assessment of Current PCE Values and Their Implications for Road Capacity
  2. Capacity Analysis of On-Ramp and Off-Ramp of Interchanges in Urban Areas
  3. Effects of U-Turn Facility on Traffic Operational Performance for Multilane Highway
  4. Assessment of PCE dynamic values and their implications for capacity analysis.
  5. Influence of rainfall on highway capacity loss.
  6. Engineering Characteristics of Cool Ash in Malaysia
  7. Engineering Properties of HMA With POFA
  8. Experimental Works on Varying Shape of Underside Surface Concrete Block Pavement
  9. Impacts of Climate Change to Frictional Properties of Road Surface
  10. Influence of Rainfall on Highway Capacity Loss and Its Dynamics PCE Values
  11. Laboratory Performance on Rubberized Asphalt Mixture
  12. Modelling of Driver’s Overtaking Behaviors on Single-Carriageway Roads
  13. Modified Asphalt Cement Using Oil Palm Fruit Ash (Opfash) The New Binder for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)
  14. Simulation Model of Traffic Operations on Single Carriageway Roadway
  15. The Effect of Moisture Content to The Strength of Weath and Rock in Humid Tropical Climate
  16. Warm Mix Asphalt in Tropical Weather Pavings