Dr. Yahya Nazhat joined the Department of Civil Engineering as an instructor in 2014. He worked as a Civil & Geotechnical Engineer in research, construction and consulting practice from 1983-2009 before pursing Ph.D. research during 2009 to 2013 from the University of Sydney (Australia). His PhD had a focus on Behaviour of Sandy Soil Subjected to Dynamic Loading, and is the first comprehensive body of research in the field of dynamic compaction that has investigated the fundamental physics of the dynamic compaction process and, importantly, has included a study of the micromechanics of particles movement.
Having held senior engineering and management positions in industry in both Australia and the Middle East, Dr. Nazhat has long experience in detailed geotechnical investigation and geotechnical studies associated with major infrastructure projects including highways, tunnels, high-rise buildings, airports and rail projects. He has years of experience in piling and deep foundation including design, construction and pile testing. He earned his BSc in Civil Engineering from University of Mosul and his MSc in Sanitary/Environmental Engineering from University of Baghdad. He is Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia, a registered professional engineer with the National Professional Engineers Register of Australia since 1997, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
Ground improvement methods, specially GI by Dynamic Compaction; application of high speed photography in geotechnical research; geotechnical physical modelling
Engineering Design and Analysis I
Integration and application of previously acquired knowledge and skills to find design solutions. Focus on conceptual designs.
Foundation Engineering I
An introduction to the process of foundation engineering. Empirical and analytical approaches used in current professional practice. Topics include site investigation, preloading, liquefaction assessment, ground improvement, design of shallow and deep foundations, and retaining structures. The importance of geology and technical communication are emphasized.
Soil Mechanics II
Consolidation and shear strength of soils, with application to settlement and stability analysis of embankments, retaining walls, shallow footing and pile foundations.