Engineering and Information Sciences


Ana Paula Ribeiro Heitor

Current Positions:

Teaching commitments:
CIVL 394 - Construction
CIVL 458 - Fundamentals of Construction Management
ENGG 101 - Foundations of Engineering


2012 - PhD - Geotechnical (Wollongong University, Australia)
2009- Master of Engineering - Geotechnical (Kyoto University, Japan)
2004 - Licenciate degree in Engineering (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Research Interests:

Unsaturated soil, small strain behaviour of compacted soil and stabilised soil, non-destructive field assessments, unsaturated soil shear behaviour, intelligent compaction, liquefaction analysis considering partially saturated conditions

Professional Activities:

2013 - current: Reviewer for Enviromental Geotechnics (ICE Journal)
2013 -current : Member of Engineers Australia, Australia
2009 - current: Member of Australian Geomechanics Society, Australia
2012 - current : Chartered Engineer, Portugal (Ordem dos Engenheiros)
2004 - current : Member of the Portuguese Engineering Society (Ordem dos Engenheiros)
2004 : Traineeship as a Geotechnical design engineer at COBA, SA, Portugal (6months)
2005 - 2006 : Site Geotechnical Engineer for quality control in Lena Construcoes, SA, Portugal (1year)


2012: AGS NSW Research Award sponsored by the Australian Geomechanics Society
2011 - Best Paper Award for the paper titled "Varying Ground water level to minimize liquefaction hazards in urban areas" (Geomat 2011, Japan)
2010: First prize in the Young Geotechnical Professional Competition, sponsored by the Australian Geomechanics Society
2009: ARC/APAI PhD scholarship award (University of Wollongong)
2006: Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship award (embassy selection, administered by Kyoto University)
2004: High distinction graduation award (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Future Research Topics:

Soil improvement, Bioengineering

Research Students

  • Pubudu Jayathilaka : influence of osmotic suction with tree roots on stability of surrounding soil
  • Fatima Mehmood : Use of Rubber Tyres with Compacted Infill Materials to Minimise Track Degradation
  • Miriam Tawk : Role of Unsaturation in Compacted Waste Materials for Transport Infrastructure
  • Mohsin Nawaz : The use of Geopolymers in civil engineering applications.
  • Senura Athuraliya : Biological and Geochemical clogging of Piezometers in low-lying acid sulphate soils