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Dr Kim de Graaf

Kim de Graaf

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Qualifications: BSc (Hons 1) PhD CPEng

About Kim

Kim graduated from the University of Canterbury with an Honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics before returning later to complete a PhD in Civil Engineering (Thesis: Numerical modelling of the micromechanical behaviour of catastrophic long run-out rock avalanches). Kim spent 8 years practicing as a geotechnical engineer before taking the opportunity to join the University of Waikato. She has worked on a number of large infrastructure and smaller residential and commercial projects, particularly focused on liquefaction, soil-structure-interaction and earthworks.

Kim is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and is a member of the Resilience, Infrastructure and Sustainable Construction (WaiRISC) Research Group at the University of Waikato. She is also a branch coordinator for the Bay of Plenty NZ Geotechnical Society. Kim works at both the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses and continues to consult in industry.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Kim's main research interests are:

  • Characterisation of behaviour of unusual soils in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty
    • Pumiceous silts and sands
    • Diatomaceous silts
    • Ash layers (clayey silts, silty clays and clays)
  • Indigenous engineering and the application of Mātauranga Māori to geotechnical engineering
  • Soil-structure-interaction
  • Validation of construction of ground improvement

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: F.1.11c
Phone: ext 5343