School of Civil Engineering

The partnership is now well underway, with both UQ academics and students are closely collaborating with Port of Brisbane (PBPL) staff in all research areas.

Keep up with the partnership and our projects with our updates below.

  • Partnership impact featured on Scope TV

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017

    Moreton Bay Mud episode

  • Cross-faculty industry partnership nabs research award

    Friday, 15 September 2017

    Dr Alistair Grinham (back left), Professor Carlo Prato (second row middle) and Dr Peggy Schrobback (front row middle)

    Dr Alistair Grinham (back left), Professor Carlo Prato (second row middle) and Dr Peggy Schrobback (front row middle) receive their Partners in Research Excellence Award 

    An innovative research partnership between The University of Queensland and the Port of Brisbane has been honoured with a 2017 UQ Partners in Research Excellence Award (PIREA).

    The PIREA is one of three categories at UQ’s annual Research Week Awards. The award highlights outstanding industry-UQ collaborations that have benefited industry and the community.

    Established in early 2015, the Developing Port Growth partnership connects researchers from UQ’s Faculties of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology and Business, Economics and Law with Queensland’s premier multi-cargo port.

    Led by Professor Carlo Prato and Dr Alistair Grinham from the School of Civil Engineering and Dr Peggy Schrobback from the School of Economics, the partnership has dual aims: to future-proof Port growth in an increasingly competitive global trade environment, and to stimulate the Queensland economy.

    Read the full article

  • Higher Degree by Research student presents at Coasts & Ports 2017 Conference

    Monday, 26 June 2017

    Higher Degree by Research student, Ryan Beecroft, presented at an international conference on sediment and stormwater projects:

    Beecroft, R., Perez, L., Grinham, A., Visscher, J., Hildebrandt, A. and Cossu, R. (2017). Sediment concentration profiles and transport dynamics near the Port of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Queensland. In: Coasts & Ports 2017 Conference. Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference, Cairns, Australia. 21-23 June 2017.

  • Postdoctoral researcher presents at international conferences

    Monday, 19 June 2017

    Postdoctoral researcher Elnaz Irannezhad has presented at 2 international conferences on transport economics and modelling:

    The 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2017): Elnaz Irannezhad, Mark Hickman & Carlo Prato “Modelling the Efficiency of a Port Community System as an Agent-based Process”. Madeira, Portugal, 16th-19th May 2017. Published in Procedia Computer Science, 109, 917-922. DOI:

    The 10th International Conference on City Logistics 2017:  Elnaz Irannezhad, Carlo Prato & Mark Hickman “The Choice of Using Distribution Centres in the Container Import Chain: A Hybrid Model Correcting for Missing Information”. Phuket, Thailand, 14th-16th June 2017. Published in Proceeding of the 10th Conference on City Logistics, Wiley-ISTE.

  • AGM and Presidents Conference

    Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    The Developing Port Growth partnership was selected as one of 6 global case studies selected for presentation at the AGM and Presidents Conference.  

    Universitas 21 AGM and Presidents Conference 2017: Vice Chancellor Peter Høj “Developing Port Growth – The University of Queensland and Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd. Research Partnership” Nottingham, UK.

  • Undergraduate students present at ASLO 2017

    Monday, 6 March 2017

    Three undergraduates students (Nicholas (Nick) Hutley, Nathaniel Deering and James Lockington) presented at the international conference ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii (26 Feb – 3 Mar 2017).

    “The opportunity as an undergraduate student to submit our research to an international conference, and present this work to and converse with leading researchers in their fields from around the world was an unrivalled experience.” - Nick Hutley

    Dredging and Dredge Management:

    Click here to view Nick's research

    Click here to view James' research

    Sediment and Stormwater:

    Click here to view Nathaniel's research

  • Publication

    Friday, 6 January 2017

    The first paper on the UQ and Port of Brisbane collaboration has been published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin: Dramatic increase in mud distribution across a large sub-tropical embayment, Moreton Bay, Australia

  • Project update: Stormwater

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    UQ researchers install a low-cost stormwater monitoring systems to expand the Port of Brisbane's network and better understand stormwater runoff events

  • Project update: Air quality

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    First stage of dust control experiment is completed with a wind fence set up in the Port reclamation area. This forms part of broader study examining the feasibility of different dust control systems including surface sprays, tree fences and mulching layers

  • Project update: Dredging and dredge material management

    Monday, 10 October 2016

    PBPL Partnership update: first mud sample collected.

    Undergrad researcher James Lockington and international intern Larissa Perez examine mud to better understand how floods impact Moreton Bay.