Professor, Monash University
Professor Jayantha Kodikara is the Director of ARC Hub for Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements – SPARC within Monash Civil Engineering. He is also the leader of Monash Pipeline Research Group, which has led to multi-million global projects, including Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project and CRC-p Smart Lining for Deteriorated Pipe Rehabilitation Project that resulted in the development of Monash Pipe Evaluation Platform hosted by WSAA. He has over 500 publications on a diverse range of topics and graduated about 40 PhD students. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. His fundamental research has led to the development of the MPK (Monash-Peradeniya-Kodikara) Framework and Model for unsaturated compacted soil modelling, which uncovered a direct link between the traditional compaction curve and advanced unsaturated soil modelling. Seminal contributions in the applied research area include elucidating buried water pipe failure and deterioration mechanisms, leading to global paradigm shifts in pipeline asset management. He has received several awards for innovation and industry collaboration, including National and International Water Association Awards and B/HERT Award in 2016, ARRB Impact Award in 2019, and Monash Vice-Chancellor’s and Dean’s Awards for Innovation and Enterprise in 2019 and in 2013.