Geotechnical Engineering - Facilities - Civil and Natural Resources Engineering - Universityof Canterbury

Geomechanics and geotechnical engineering facilities

The Department's Geomechanics facilities have laboratory, field and software resources including:

  • two advanced triaxial apparatuses, one for static stress-path testing and one for dynamic testing
  • conventional soil testing facilities including shearbox, oedometer and triaxial cells.
  • truck-mounted CPT rig
  • advanced numerical modelling capabilities include original software for seismic effective stress analysis of pile foundations
  • commercially available packages PLAXIS for 2D and 3D finite-element modelling, FLAC3D for 3D finite-difference modelling and PFC3D for 3D discrete element modelling.