The phrase 'buried but not forgotten' captures Dr. Brachman's unique expertise on measuring the physical response of landfill geosynthetics (both thin plastic liners called geomembranes, and thin layers of clay soil contained by industrial fabrics called geosynthetic clay liners) and buried structures (e.g., pipes, culverts) using innovative large-scale experiments, field studies and numerical analysis. His unique scholarly contributions are related to determining the effects of stress, temperature, chemicals and time on soil-structure interactions that directly impacts how well, and how long, these important components of our buried infrastructure perform their function.
His research has been recognized with four Best Paper Awards for works published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2010), Geotextiles and Geomembranes (2008, 2006), and Geosynthetics International (2007). He has received the Geosynthetics Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2010, the 2006 Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium also from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the 2005 Chancellor's Research Award from Queen's and a Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Province of Ontario in 2004. Dr. Brachman is also a proud recipient of two Teaching Awards from his students in Civil Engineering.