Brendan Scott

Mr Brendan Scott

Lecturer

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

Formerly, Manager of EngTest, the commercial arm of the School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering at The University of Adelaide that conducts commercial testing, consulting and contract research. Prior to working at The University of Adelaide, 8 years of consulting engineering experience gained in a variety of engineering projects in several Australian States in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors. Experience includes multi-storey buildings, major earthworks, slope stability, transmission towers, wind farms, environmental impact statements, railways and large-scale residential projects.

Research interests include a PhD thesis on rolling dynamic compaction, which is a ground improvement technique used in the construction industry. Other research interests include unsaturated soils. Member of the Australian Geomechanics Society and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

My research

PhD thesis entitled 'The influence of Rolling Dynamic Compaction'

Rolling dynamic compaction is used to achieve ground improvement in the construction industry. However, there is a lack of information quantifying its effectiveness that limits the use of the impact roller (shown below).  The aims of my research are to better quantify the effectiveness of the impact roller; measurements from field investigations are being undertaken to quantify the energy imparted by the impact rolling module to the ground and appropriate testing methods recommended to quantify the effectiveness of the impact roller for ground improvement for a range of soil types.

Rolling Dynamic Compaction
Impact roller used to densify a soil to increase load carrying capacity

 

The design of retaining structures in unsaturated soils
An expansive soil swells with the addition of moisture, and shrinks with the removal of moisture.  Expansive (reactive) soils are a worldwide phenomenon, but are of particular importance to geotechnical engineering in South Australia, as Adelaide's soils are amongst the most reactive in the world. There is a need to understand the expansive properties of Adelaide's unsaturated clay soils as changes in soil moisture content and suction can signficantly affect the design of retaining structures (shown below) and other infrastructure.  Research is being undertaken to further understand the behaviour and properties of Adelaide clays and how they affect retaining wall design.     
Retaining Wall in Unsaturated soils
Pile retaining wall in unsaturated clay

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Lecturer, full-time The University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2014 Lecturer, part-time The University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2014 Manager, EngTest The University of Adelaide
    2009 PhD Candidate (part-time) The University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2009 PhD Candidate The University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2009 Senior Geotechnical Engineer (part-time) URS Australia
    2004 - 2007 Senior Geotechnical Engineer URS Australia
    2000 - 2004 Geotechnical / Structural Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff (formerly PPK Environment & Infrastructure)
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award 2019 ECMS Prize for Excellence in Learning and Teaching The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Teaching Award Student Led Teaching Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2007 Scholarship Divisional Scholarship for post-graduate study The University of Adelaide Australia
    2007 Scholarship Supplementary Scholarship for post graduate study
    2003 Award Parsons Brinckerhoff Technical Excellence Award Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia
    2003 Award Young Geotechnical Professionals Award Australian Geomechanics Society - SA/NT Chapter Australia
    2002 Award Rotary, Pride of Workmanship Award Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks Australia
    2002 Award Parsons Brinckerhoff Outstanding Team Award Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia
    2002 Award Parsons Brinckerhoff Superior Service Award Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia
    1999 Award Young Geotechnical Engineers Prize for South Australia Australian Geomechanics Society, SA/NT Chapter Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD Candidate (current)
    1996 - 1999 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1st Class Honours
  • Research Interests

Infrastructure and Equipment Funding Schemes

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2014 Researchers in Business Grant Brendan Scott, Mark Jaksa Australian Government $50 k

Consultancies

Date I have worked on sites at the following locations undertaking testing and helping to solve compaction issues in a technical review role:
2017-18 Townsville, QLD
2015 Townsville, QLD.
2014 Pelican Point, SA; Pine Creek, NT; Darwin, NT; Dysart, QLD.
2013 Thebarton, SA; Botany, NSW.
2012 Onslow, WA; Adelaide, SA.
2011 Whyalla, SA; Kununurra, WA; Moranbah, QLD.

 

Various I have also provided desktop technical review of compaction projects in Australia, France, Holland, Kuwait and New Zealand

Lecturing

Year Course Title Institution Course Level / Code URL
2017 to 2018 Engineering Mechanics - Statics The University of Adelaide Level 1 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 1010 and C&ENVENG 1010UAC https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/103963/1/
2012 to 2016 Geotechnical Engineering Design III The University of Adelaide Level 3 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 3012 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7069 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/003127/1/sem-2/2016/
2016 to 2018 Construction, Management & Surveying The University of Adelaide Level 2 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 2067 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104396/1/sem-2/2016/
2015 to 2016 Civil and Environmental Engineering 1 (part) The University of Adelaide Level 1 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 1009 and C&ENVENG 1009BR http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/103964/1/sem-2/2016/
2013 to 2015 Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering The University of Adelaide Level 4 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 4112 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7112 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/106932/1/sem-1/2015/
2010 Geotechnical Engineering IIA (part) The University of Adelaide Level 2 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 2069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104398/1/sem-2/2015/
2010 to 2012 Civil and Environmental Engineering 1A (part) The University of Adelaide Level 1 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 1009 and C&ENVENG 1009BR https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/103964/1/sem-2/2015/
2009 to 2010 Geotechnical Engineering Design III The University of Adelaide Level 3 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 3012 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/003127/1/sem-2/2015/

Tutoring

Year Course Title Institution Course Level / Code URL
2012 to 2016 Geotechnical Engineering Design III - Design Project Tutor The University of Adelaide Level 3 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 3012 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7069 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/003127/1/sem-2/2016/
2008 to 2010 Geotechnical Engineering Design III - Design Project Tutor The University of Adelaide Level 3 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 3012 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/003127/1/sem-2/2015/
2008 Geotechnical Engineering IIA - Tutor The University of Adelaide Level 2 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 2069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104398/1/sem-2/2015/
2006 to 2007 Building Structures and Geomechancis 2 - External Tutor (Geomechanics) University of South Australia Post graduate CIVE 5031 http://programs.unisa.edu.au/public/pcms/course.aspx?pageid=005470
2006 to 2007 Building Structures 6 - External Tutor (Substructures) University of South Australia Post graduate BUIL 5009 http://programs.unisa.edu.au/public/pcms/course.aspx?pageid=002602

Demonstrating

Year Course Title Institution Course Level / Code URL
2010 Expansive Soils and Footing Design - Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide Level 4 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 4081 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7035 -
2008 Expansive Soils and Footing Design - Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide Level 4 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 4081 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7035 -
2007 to 2008 Geotechnical Engineering Design III - Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide Level 3 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 3012 and Masters by Coursework C&ENVENG 7069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/003127/1/sem-2/2015/
2007 to 2008 Geotechnical Engineering IIA - Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide Level 2 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 2069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104398/1/sem-2/2015/
2007 to 2008 Construction, Management and Surveying - Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide Level 2 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 2067 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104396/1/sem-2/2015/
1999 Geotechnical Engineering IIA - Practical Demonstrator The University of Adelaide Level 2 Undergraduate C&ENVENG 2069 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104398/1/sem-2/2015/
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Investigating unsaturated behaviour of Adelaide's Hindmarsh clay The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time NIcholas Hayes, Harrison Lewis, Toby Sorokin, Lucas van Woensel
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Virtual reality in geotechnical engineering education The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Brady Coutts, Harrison Grigg, Patrick Royle, William Robinson
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Quantifying soil water characteristics and unsaturated permeability due to changes in void ratio The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Courtney Barnett, Samuel Morton, Gemma Rossi, Vanja Todorovic
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Inferring soil water characteristics for Adelaide clay The University of Adelaide Summer Scholarship Other Full Time Sachit Desa
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Quantifying the effects of solute suction on shear strength The University of Adelaide BE Civil Honours Full Time Yuxiang Liu, Ann Quach, Davor Arar, Tomislav Arar
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Determining unsaturated soil properties for Adelaide clay The University of Adelaide BE Civil Honours Full Time Quangvinh Dang, Hanxuan Li, Meng-Hsin Wang, Yidan Zhao
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Comparing the results from both full-size and scale-model impact rollers The University of Adelaide Summer Scholarship Other Full Time Tom Muecke
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Field comparisons between impact and conventional circular drum rollers The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Benjamin Chau, Zixi Deng, Chi To Lai, Yuhao Yan
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The effects of soil suction on the swelling properties of unsaturated Hindmarsh clay The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Nicholas Bartetzko, Tom Blake, Ryan Fitzgerald, Liam Holland
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The influence of solute suction on the shear strength of unsaturated clayey soils The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Jercee Callado, David Ewers, Corey Kirkham, Ashkan Moghaddas
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Investigating the effectiveness of one of the impact roller's key physical characteristics; the mass of the roller The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Thomas Muecke, Keegan Steele, Samuel Brown, Dan Nguyen
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Retaining structures in unsaturated soils The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Casey Janssen, Joanthon Tozer, Joshua Troup, Gabriella Zaccari
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The seismic dilatometer compared with other in situ testing methods The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Andrew Brummitt, Philip Cutting, Brendan Hiscock, Alan Stoate
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor A field based comparison of 3- and 4-sided impact rollers The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Stefan Chenoweth, Jordan Colbert, Julianne Saw, Ross Vince
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Development and analysis of a 4-sided scale model impact roller The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Mark Haywood, Gerard Peters, Samuel O'Dea, Thomas Schwarz
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Investigation of the properties of unsaturated clays and their application to retaining wall design The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Justin Bonney, Sachit Desa, Henry Jensen, Caillin Millar
    2014 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Research, development and characterisation of the hydraulic performance of the Ecosol Cartridge Filter The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Lachlan Hammond, Madeline Walkington, Bradley Winn, Jason Winter
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Determining swelling pressure and shear strength relationships for the South Road corridor in Adelaide The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Allan McManus, Peter Button, Jake Elphick, Phuong Nguyen
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Quantifying the effectiveness of the 4-sided impact roller with operating speed The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Gianfranco Canala, Christopher Gauro, Jackson March, Richard Strapps
    2012 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Effectiveness of the impact roller The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Dapeng Liu, Christopher Smith
    2011 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Effectiveness of the impact roller The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Nicole Mentha, Simon Pointon, Aidan Symons, Penelope Wrightson
    2010 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The influence zone of the impact roller The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours Full Time Thomas Bierbaum, Robert Lane, Jessica Piotto, Thomas Treloar
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83132034
  • Email: brendan.scott@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 41
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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