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Dr Navinda De Silva
Torrens Building
220 Victoria Square
  • Research Associate
  • UCL Australia
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Navinda completed a PhD in civil engineering at Monash University and a Masters in civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. His research interests are unconventional gas development, CCS, sedimentology and geochemistry of shales. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

The efforts to replicate resounding shale gas success in the US have gained momentum in many countries around the globe. Australia with its extensive resource base (437tcf) is having a great potential, particularly in the Cooper basin of South Australia with existing infrastructure and long history of development.

US shale gas revolution was possible due to factors such as the favorable geology, low costs, regulations, effective community engagement, mineral ownership, pipeline access, gas markets and extensive service industry.

UCL Australia post doctoral research associate (PDRA) Navinda De Silva’s research on the ‘shale gas revolution and Australia’ is based on examining above factors which could underpin the shale gas development in Australia.

UCL Australia’s interaction with some of the major developers and multidisciplinary approach are hugely beneficial for this research project.

01-AUG-2011 – 01-SEP-2012 Sessional Lecturer Civil Engineering Victoria University, Australia
24-SEP-2009 – 01-APR-2013 Teaching Assistant Civil Engineering Monash University, Australia
Academic Background
2014 EngD Doctor of Engineering – Civil Engineering Monash University
2008 MEng Master of Engineering – Civil Engineering University of Tokyo
2004 BEng hons Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Civil Engineering University of Moratuwa
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