Title : Dr.
Name : Pham Huy Giao
FoS : Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering; Geosystem Exploration and Petroleum Geoengineering
Affiliation : Associate Professor
Location : N251
Phone : (662) 524 5529
Fax : (662) 524 5509
Email : hgiao[at]ait.ac.th

Educational Background

  1. D. Eng. in Geotech. Engg. (Engg. and Applied Geology), AIT, 1997
  2. M. Eng. in Geotech. Engg. (Engg. Geol. & Applied Geophysics), AIT, 1992
  3. Dipl. Ing. (M.Sc.) in Geological-Geophysical Engineering (Geophysics), Bucharest University, Romania, 1982

Research Interests

I am interested in integrated geoengineering researches using geophysical and geotechnical technology fora sustainable development of energy and infrastructure, i.e., exploration of petroleum, mineral resources and groundwater; My current interests are with petrophysics, exploration geophysics, groundwater and HC flow modeling in porous and fractured media, application of near-surface geophysical tools in geotechnical engineering, land subsidence and soft clay in the large Asian deltas, artificial recharge of groundwater.



  1. CE 71.69: Fundamentals of Geosystem Exploration
  2. CE 71.65: Exploration GeophysicsCE 71.70: Petrophysics
  3. CE71.68: Well Logging Interpretation
  4. CE71.31: Engineering Geology (50%)
  5. GTE405: Application of FEM in Geoengineering and Geoexploration (50%)
  6. CE 71.63: Workflow of Oil & Gas Operations (20%)

Selected Publications

  1. Chung S. G., P. H. Giao, G. J. Kim and S. Leroueil (2002), Geotechnical Characteristics of the Pusan Clays, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 39 (1050-1060) .
  2. Giao P. H., J. H. Kim and S. G. Chung (2002), Application of Engineering Geophysics in Investigation of Pusan Clays with reference to Reclamation Projects, The European Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics,7 (3): 201-218.
  3. Giao P. H. (2003), Revisit of Well Function Approximations and an Easy Graphical Technique of Curve Matching for TheisSolution, Groundwater, 41(3): 387-390
  4. Giao P. H., S. G. Chung, D. Y. Kim and H. Tanaka (2003), Electric Imaging and Laboratory Electric Resistivity Testing for Geotechnical Investigation of Pusan Clays, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 52 (4): 157-175, Elsevier
  5. Chung S. G., J. M. Kwag, P. H. Giao, S. H. Baek and K. N. Prasad (2004), A Study on Soil Disturbance of Pusan Clays with reference to Drilling, Sampling and Extruding, Geotechnique, 54(1), 61-65.
  6. Giao P. H., N. T. Dung and P. V. Long (2008) An Integrated Geotechnical-Geophysical Investigation of Soft Clay at a Coastal Site in the Mekong Delta for Oil and Gas Infrastructure Development, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 11, vol. 45, p. 1525-1537.
  7. Phien-wej N., P.H.Giao and P. Nutalaya (2006), Bangkok Land Subsidence,Engineering Geology, 82 (4), p. 187-201, Elsevier.
  8. Giao P. H., A. Weller and D. H. Hien (2008), An Approach to Construct the Weathering Profile in a Hilly Granitic Terrain Based on Electrical Imaging, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 65 (2008) 30–38, Elsevier.
  9. Wiwattanachang N. and P. H. Giao (2011), Monitoring crack development on fiber concrete beam by using electrical resistivity imaging, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 75 (2011), 294–304, Elsevier

Ongoing and Completed Projects

  1. The Asian Horizon 21 Project – A trilateral AIT-KKU-CU collaboration in development of a new application-oriented education and research program on geosystem exploration technology for Thailand, 2002-2004, granted by the Royal Thai Government (completed)
  2. Asian-Link project "BRIDGE - Building human Resources In the Development of academic programs in sustainable Geosystem engineering and Exploration" from 2005 to 2008, with the partnership of ITC (the Netherlands), Stockholm University, AIT, VNU (Vietnam National University) and NUOL (National University of Laos), granted by EC (completed)
  3. Project “Near-Surface Geophysical Investigation of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport of Bangkok (SBIA)”, to be funded by  Airport Authority of Thailand of Thailand,  2007 – 2009 (completed)
  4. Project “A geoenvironmental-geophysical investigation of petroleum-contaminated soil at the Donmuang Airport site using Electrical Imaging Technique”, 2009 – 2011, funded by RTG (completed)
  5. Professional master programs in Geotechnical Engineering and Management (PME-GEM) in Vietnam, since 2009, funded by Geotechnical Companies in Vietnam (ongoing)
  6. Professional master programs in Geo-exploration and Petroleum Geoengineering (PME-GEPG) in Vietnam, since 2008, funded by Oil and Gas JOCs in Vietnam (ongoing)

Awards and Honors

  1. The Romanian and Australian Governments' scholarships for studies at Bucharest University (1977-1982) and AIT (1990-1992), respectively.
  2. Outstanding Academic Performance Merit Certificate for Vietnamese students studying abroad conferred by the Minister of Education ( No.117/QD, 1982).
  3. One of the best papers at International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM97), FEM Quasi-3D Modelling of Responses to Artificial Recharge in a Multiaquifer System, selected to be published in the Intl' Journal of Environmental Modelling and Software, 14 (1999) 141-151, Elsevier
  4. The Korean Governments Grant for the Visiting Professor (Scholar) position in the Brain Korea 21 Project (12/1999- 8/2001), Dong-A University.
  5. The Tan Swan Beng Award (2005) by the SE Asian Geotechnical Society (co-winner).

Professional Affiliations

  1. Member, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Active Member, Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG).USA Life member, International Association of  mathematical geosciences (IAMG) Life member, Southeast Asian Geotechnical Societies (SEAGS) and ISSMGE
  2. Life member, International Association of Low Land Technology (IALT)
  3. Member, Vietnamese Association of Geophysics (VAG), Vietnam Association of Engineering Geology (VAEG) and Vietnam Geotechnical Society (VGS)
  4. Country Member for Technical Committee TC10 (Geophysical Testing in Geotechnical Engineering), ISSMGE,  from 2002 to 2005
  5. Member, Asian Technical Committee ATC12 (Land Reclamation and Coastal Structure) from 2002, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

Research Keywords

Petroleum Upstream (E&P), Petrophysics and Well log analysis,  Exploration and Engineering Geophysics; Geotechnical Engineering (groundwater modeling, land subsidence, artificial recharge, soft clay investigation, computer-aided analysis and FEM program development)