Understanding the mechanics, behaviour and properties of soils and soft rocks to provide real solutions to industry including tunnelling, oil and gas, infrastructure and road building

The Geotechnics Section is one of five such groups within the 5-star rated Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Our academic staff have a range of research interests within Geotechnics including: seismology, tunnelling, quaternary geology, partially saturated soils, foundations, and the geotechnical impacts of climate change.


  • 2017-2018 MSc Class:  We are delighted to welcome our new cohort of MSc students.  The class comprises just over 40 students from 21 countries!  Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in late November 2017.
  • Seminar: 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake    On Wed October 4th Dr. Liam Wotherspoon from the University of Auckland, New Zealand will give a talk on the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, focussing on geologic, geotechnical and built environment impacts.  The talk will be at 5:30 pm, room 207 Skempton Building, all are welcome.  Full details: Liam Wotherspoon Talk Oct 2017.
  • New Tecnologies Workshop  A New Technologies Workshop will be held at Imperial College London on 27th September.  This workshop will consider advanced remote sensing techniques – InSAR, LIDAR, hyperspectral imaging.  For further details contact Dr. Richard Ghail or refer to the workshop flier: New Technology Workshop Info
  • Prof. K. Rowe Terzaghi Lecture On Sept. 8th 2017 Prof. Kerry Rowe presented his Terzaghi Lecture "Protecting the Environment with Geotechnics" to the section.  Details: Kerry Rowe Seminar
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