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Dr. Zhang is an Associate Professor in Geomechanics and Tunnelling Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow undertaking the project ‘Dynamic Fracturing and Energy Release Mechanisms in Heterogeneous Materials’. He received his PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and prior to joining Monash, he was a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL and University of Cambridge. He has been the Associate Editor and then the Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier Journal Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (JCR-Q1, Impact Factor=6.407, and CiteScore=11) since 2016.

Dr. Zhang's GeoM4BIM Team is focused on the application of underground Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Machine Learning (ML) methodologies to Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) and underground construction. His GeoExtremes Lab also focuses on the development and application of experimental techniques and multiphysics computational tools to understand the progressive failure of geomaterials and structures under extreme conditions such as natural hazards and human-made disasters.

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Dr. Zhang is a Committee Member of Standards Australia and ISO Standards (ISO/TC 268 Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Utility Tunnels and Digital Twin).

Dr. Zhang has been invited to review proposals for Australian Research Council (ARC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation of Kazakhstan (NCSTE), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PhD and Master theses from Australian and overseas Universities, and more than 30 international journals in the fields of geomechanics, tunnelling and impact engineering.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Geomechanics, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)

2 Dec 201013 May 2014

Award Date: 13 May 2014

Research area keywords

  • Geomechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Optical Measurement Techniques
  • Mining
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering

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