School of Civil Engineering

 

Dr Habibullah Bhuyan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office: 49-447
Phone: +61 (0)7 3365 3887
Email: h.bhuyan@uq.edu.au

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Habibullah Bhuyan has expertise in Soil mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering specially characterization of unbound granular pavement materials including estimation of moisture content, porosity, density and surface deformation in non-destructive way, and geo-hydraulic characterization of soft soil in fresh and saline water environment.

Dr Bhuyan’s specific research skills / interests are the following

  • Development and use of electromagnetic measurement methods and application for geomechanics and geo-hydraulic purposes in the field.
  • Longitudinal and transverse distribution of moisture and density profile of a pavement using electromagnetic method.
  • Density profile of dredged or deposited mud under fresh or saline water using electromagnetic method.
  • Drained and undrained shear strength of pavement materials under the various conditions of suction and cyclic loading.
  • Modelling of deformation characteristics of pavement materials using large scale Wheel tracker (WT) and full scale Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF) testing. 
  • Mechanics of unsaturated soil and coupled mechanic / hydraulic processes (e.g. slope stability, swelling and shrinkage processes).
  • Phase transitions processes in saturated and unsaturated granular media like erosion processes (e.g. transport of particles in pore systems, suffusion) and soil liquefaction.
  • Characterization of electrical conductivity and pore fluid salinity of highly saline soil (Sea shore or port) using electromagnetic method.
  • Shrinkage or swelling behaviour of soft soil using evaporation methods.
  • Soil liquefaction assessment and hazard zonation using site soil investigation and geotechnical data.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia, September’2018.
Masters in Geotechnical Engineering, Saitama University, Japan, March’2013.
Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, November’2006.

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Dr Bhuyan focused on the following courses for the last 12 years at different universities in Australia, Japan and Bangladesh.

  • Fundamentals of Soil Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Advanced soil mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering

 

INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT AND PROJECT ACTIVITIES:

Matrix Materials, iAccelerate Centre (239), Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong. 2019-2020

For the pavement materials:

  • Development of compaction method with very low permeability of pavement materials.
  • Providing a solution in developing a flood resistant pavement structure.

 

BMT-Global Australia. 2019

Water Quality, porosity and density distribution of dredge mud, particularly at Lake Nerelle, Cairns, QLD

 

Golder Associates Pty Ltd ,147 Coronation Drive, Milton, Queensland 4064, Australia. 2018-2019 

For the Port of Brisbane slurry materials:

  • Small and large-scale sedimentation tests with density distributions.
  • Settlement analysis using one-dimensional consolidation and slurry consolidometer
  • Critical water content by Atterberg limits
  • Shear strength of clay with lab vane shear

 

Sustainable Mineral Institute, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia. 2018-2020.

  • Unconfined compression strength of red clay with different mineral and chemical compositions.
  • Water and shrinkage characteristics of hard pan soil.

 

Centre of Coal Seam Gas and School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia. 2018-2019   .

  • Characterization of NaX WP16 cement as a plugging material for shallow wells.
  • Geotechnical testing of cylindrical block made of NaX WP16 cement for obtaining Tensile and Compressive strengths.

 

Rio-Tinto, Australia, 123 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD-4000, Australia. 2018-2019.

Settlement analysis using one dimensional consolidation and estimation of coefficient of consolidation, hydraulic conductivity and coefficient of volume change of red mud (mine tailings) from NT state of Australia.

 

Australian Road Research Board 21 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. & The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia. 2014-2020.

  • Transverse moisture distribution in pavement using non-destructive technique.
  • Estimation of density for the variation of moisture as well as traffic loading.
  • Deformation characteristics of pavement for the infiltration of rain/flood water using FWD.

 

RECORD ON PROJECT AND THESIS SUPERVISION:

Soil electrical conductivity and hydrology analysis of sea-shore soil using electromagnetic method (PhD thesis). 10/2018-present
Yue Liu
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

Characteristic of suction and volumetric water content of port of Brisbane highly saline clay soil during evaporation (MPhil Thesis). 01/2018-11/2018
Kaiwen Chen
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

Early Failure of Pavements in Queensland, Australia (Final Year Undergraduate Thesis) 01/2017- 12-2017
Imad Shraim
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

Estimation of moisture and density of road materials using TDR and FDR method (Summer Research, Undergraduate course). 12/2016-03/2017
June Nguyen and Gary Zhihui Chen
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

Measurements of Pressure Profiles using Time Domain Reflectometry (Final Year Undergraduate Thesis). 02/2015-12/2015
Heath Utting
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

A study on Density Measurements of Road Base Materials using time domain reflectometry (Masters course: CIVL7630 Technical report). 05/2005-10/2006
Vignesh Murgan
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

Measurements of water content in road materials using Time Domain Reflectometry (Summer Research, undergraduate course). 12/2014-02/2015
Jackson Carter
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia-4072, Australia.

 

Measurements of soil Liquefaction potential in the Bashundhara area of Dhaka City under earthquake excitation (Undergraduate Thesis). 12/2014-02/2015
A group of Undergraduate Students
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Comparison of optimum moisture and dry density of locally available geo-materials in Dhaka City 12/2014-02/2015
A group of Undergraduate Students
School of Civil Engineering, Stamford University Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • UQ International & top up Scholarship, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia.10/2014-08/2018
  • MEXT Fellowship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Saitama University, Japan, 10/2014-10/2017
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) Scholarship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Saitama University, Japan. 04/2011-03/2013
  • University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Research Scholarship, Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada.01/2008-12/2009
  • Departmental Merit Scholarship (Civil Engineering), Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka1000, Bangladesh. 05/2002-11/2006
  • Resident Merit Scholarship-2004, Ahsanullah Hall, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka.
  • Education board merit scholarship, 1998-2006. Intermediate and secondary education board, Bangladesh Technical Education Board.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND AWARDS:

  • Member, Institution of Engineers’, Australia (MIEAust), EA ID: 5509578
  • Member, Institution of Engineers’, Bangladesh (IEB), ID: M-24013
  • Member, Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS), I.D: 1207018
  • Member, (AFP-60) Standing committee on Engineering behavior of unsaturated Geo- materials, Transportation Research Board (2019-2022)
  • Student Member, American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE), ID: 9354982
  • Best Paper Presentation Award” at 47th National Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, July 14-16’2012, Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan.
  • “Best 1st Year Presentation Award” for Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) Postgraduate Conference 2015 held at the UQ on 10th June 2015.
  • Runners up award for the 3MT Thesis presentation from School of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland held on 17th July 2015.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS

  1. Bhuyan, H., Scheuermann, A., Bodin, D., Becker, R (2018). Soil Moisture and Density Monitoring Methodology using TDR measurements. International Journal of Pavement Engineering. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/10298436.2018.1537491.
  1. Bhuyan, H., Scheuermann, A., P.N. Mishra., Bodin, D., R. Becker (2018). Flat Ribbon Cable Sensors for measurement of Soil Electrical Conductivity Using Time Domain Reflectometry. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. Taylor & Francis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19386362.2018.1429703
  1. Bhuyan, H., Scheuermann, A., Bodin, D., Becker, R (2017). Use of Time Domain Reflectometry to estimate Moisture and Density of Unbound Road Materials: Laboratory Calibration and Real Field Investigation. Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of Transportation Research Board. No. 2655, 2017, pp. 71–81.DOI: 10.3141/2655-10.
  2. Bore, T., Bhuyan, H., Bittner, T., Murgan, V., Wagnerand, N., Scheuermann, A (2017). A large coaxial reflection cell for broadband dielectric characterization of coarse-grained materials. Measurement Science and Technology. 29 (2018) 015602 (14pp). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6501/aa9407
  1. Muller, W., Bhuyan, H., Scheuermann, A. (2016). A comparison of modified free-space (MFS), GPR and TDR techniques for permittivity characterisation of unbound granular pavement materials. Near Surface Geo-physics. EAGE Publications B.V., PO Box 59, 3990 DB, Houten, the Netherlands.
  1. Bhuyan, H., Pokhrel, R.M., Kuwano, J. & Tachibana, S. (2012). GIS-Based Soil Liquefaction Hazard Zonation due to Earthquake Using Geotechnical Data. International journal of GEOMATE, March 2012, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Serial 3) p. 154-160, 2186-2990(O), Japan.

 

Further publication during PhD can be obtained from UQ eSpace

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All other publications can be obtained from Google scholar site

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WWwQpAYAAAAJ&hl=en