Concordia University

Dr. Biao Li

Assistant Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Office: S-EV 6166 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3956
Website(s): Personal website

Dr. Biao Li is an Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Concordia University.  He obtained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from China University of Geosciences Beijing and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Calgary. His research expertise is in experimental and computational geomechanics, thermal-hydro-mechanical coupling, soil-structure interaction, and geophysics. He is active in using innovative techniques to conduct researches on energy and environmental related geomechanical problems. During his Ph.D. study, he was awarded the Eyes High international doctoral scholarship from the University of Calgary, and he was awarded the MITACS acceleration internship with BitCan Geosciences & Engineering Inc. from 2013 to 2015. He was named one of Carbon Management Canada’s (CMC’s) highly qualified people from 2011 to 2014. He is indented to develop economic, effective and efficient models for energy-geotechnical-geoenvironmental industries. 

Teaching activities

CIVI 231 Geology for Civil Engineers

CIVI 6521 Soil Behavior

Research activities

1. Thermal-hydro-mechanical response of geomaterials

2. Soil-structure interaction


Journal papers to be submitted

Li, B., Wong, R.C.K. and Wickramage, R. 2017. Constitutive modeling on strain-rate-dependent behavior of soft clays under drained stress path condition.

Li, B. and Wong,R.C.K., 2017. Comprehensive stability analysis of a deviated borehole based on integrated characterization results of Colorado shale.

Li, B. and Wong,R.C.K., 2017. Thermal-poro-elastic properties of Nisku reservoir rock for CO2 sequestration.

Li, B. and Wong,R.C.K., 2017. Effect of thermal responses of Colorado shale on wellbore integrity.

Journal papers under review

Li, B., Wong, R.C.K.,Xu, B., Yuan, Y., 2017. On Mechanisms of Anisotropic Thermal Strain Behavior of Soft Mudrocks with Different Clay fractions. Geomechanics and Engineering.

Li, B. and Wong,R.C.K., 2017. Creating tensile fractures in Colorado shale using fast heating tests. Geotechnical Testing Journal.

Published journal papers

Li, B., and Wong, R.C.K. 2017. A mechanistic model for anisotropic thermal strain behavior of soft mudrocks. Engineering Geology, 228: 146-157.

Li, B., and Wong, R.C.K. 2017. Modeling anisotropic static elastic properties of soft mudrocks with different clay fractions. Geophysics 82(1), MR27-MR37.

Li, B., and Wong, R.C.K.2016. Quantifying structural states of soft mudrocks. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121(5): 3324-3347.

Li, B., and Wong, R.2015. Effect of heating in steam-based-oil-recovery process on deformation of shale: a compositional thermal strain model. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology 54(1): 26-35.

Li, B., Wong, R.C.K., and Milnes, T. 2014. Anisotropy in capillary invasion and fluid flow through induced sandstone and shale fractures. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 65(0): 129-140.

Conference papers

Li, B., Wong, R.C.K., Xu, B., Yuan, Y., 2015. Thermally induced deformation and failure in shale under drained and undrained heating,in: Chau, K.-T., Zhao, J. (Eds.), Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials in the New Millennium. Springer International Publishing, pp. 237-244.

Li, B., Diedro, F., Wong, R., Kryuchkov, S., Kantzas, A.,2014. Experimental studies of thermally induced deformation and fracture generation in clay shale, 2014 SPE Heavy Oil Conference-Canada. SPE, Calgary,Alberta, Canada.

Li, B. and Wong, R., 2013. Thermally Induced Deformation of Shale on Borehole and Caprock Integrity. June 11-13, 2013 SPE Heavy Oil Conference, Calgary, Canada. 

Li, B. and Wong, R., 2013. Characterizations on Geomechanical Properties of Colorado Shale Based on Well Logging and Laboratory Testing. June 11-13, 2013 SPE Heavy Oil Conference, Calgary, Canada.

Li, B., Shen, N. and Li, Y., 2009. Evaluation of Soil Liquefaction based on GRNN model and Empirical Procedures. International Symposium: “Geological Engineering Problems in Major Construction Projects” in Combination with the 7th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG: 442-445.

Shen, N., Li, B., et al., 2010. Highway stability assessment near mined-out region. 11th IAEG Congress paper, Auckland, New Zealand, Taylor& Francis Group, London :3547-3553 (EI, ISTP)

Li, Y., Shen, N., Li, B., et al., 2010. Research on 3D geological modeling by using GOCAD software. 2010 Second World Congress on Software Engineering, Wuhan, China, IEEE Computer Society Publications(CPS):259-263. (EI, ISTP)

Shen, N., QI, X., Shen, L., Li, B. and Yan, Y., 2009.Geological Hazard Assessment in the Construction Site of LNG Pipeline Project. ASCE International Pipelines and Trenchless Technology Conference 2009:1532-1541.(EI)


PhD Thesis, 2015, Effect of Clay Fraction on Thermal-hydro-mechanical Responses of Soft Mudrocks. University of Calgary.

MSc Thesis, 2011, Study on deformation and failure of brittle rocks based on laboratory testing and numerical simulation. China University of Geosciences Beijing.

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