Associate Professor Sivakugan received his Bachellor's degree in Civil Engineering from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, with First Class Honours, and MSCE and PhD from Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. His writings include eight books, seven book chapters, 145 refereed international journal papers, 90 refereed international conference papers, and more than 100 consulting reports.  His books (see Amazon.com), published through Cengage, Springer, Taylor&Francis, and J Ross, are adopted as text in many universities world-wide.

Siva has supervised 15 PhDs to completion, including two Cum Laudes, and has examined 30 Australian and overseas PhDs. He is a registered professional engineer of Queensland; a chartered professional engineer; and a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and American Society of Civil Engineers. He does substantial consulting work for the geotechnical and mining companies, and was a consultant to the World Bank. He is the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (UK)  and International Journal of Goesynthetics and Ground Engineering (Springer), and  serves in the editorial boards of Canadian Geotechnical Journal and Indian Geotechnical Journal (Springer). He is an ARC Ozreader, and is a reviewer for more than 20 international journals.  Currently (2018-2021), he serves in the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland. His avocation includes bridge, cooking, reading, travelling and movies.

  • CS2001: Engineering Strength of Materials (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS2005: Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS4001: Foundation Engineering and Rock Mechanics (Level 4; TSV)
  • Consultancy work in geotechnical and mining engineering.
  • Writing books for academics, researchers, professional engineers and students.
  • Consolidation and shear strength of soils, seepage through soils, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, testing soils and rocks, backfilling underground voids in mining, computational geomechanics.
  • Mentoring and nurturing good quality PhDs with life-long commitment to excel in research.
  • Inspiring the budding civil engineers through geotechnical engineering education.
  • Guiding our graduates in subject selection, vacation employment, and career prospects.
  • 2006 to 2013 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2013 - Head, Civil & Environmental Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1998 to 2005 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • Fellow, Engineers Australia
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • The Associate Editor, International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Maney Publications (UK)
  • Editorial Board Member, Environmental Geotechnics, ICE (UK)
  • Editorial Board Member, Indian Geotechnical Journal, Springer
  • Ozreader, Australian Research Council. Assessed LP, DP, DECRA, Future Fellows, CoE and LE projects.
  • Assessor, European Science Foundation
  • Consultant for World Bank

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 195+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Siva Sivakugan from 2002 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Seepage solutions for cofferdams and hydraulic mine fill stopes using the method of fragments (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Sedimentation and Consolidation Behaviour of Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Stabilized Dredged Dud. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Development of Sustainable Groundwater Management Methodologies to Control Saltwater Intrusion into Coastal Aquifers and an application to a coastal aquifer in Tropical Pacific Island Country (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Characterization of Pozzolanic Properties of Waste Glass as Partial Replacement of Cement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Effects of admixtures (polycarboxylate) and natural pozzolans (pitchstone) on the rheology, strength and microstructure of cemented paste fill. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Optimum Hydraulic Design of Cutoff in Dams. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Optimal Dynamic Monitoring Network Design and Identification of Unknown Groundwater Pollution Sources (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Strengthening of timber bridge girders through the use of fibre reinforced polymers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of Sustainable Ground Water Management Strategy with Sequential Compliance Monitoring to control Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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