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.

Recent highlights

  • Prof. Tom O'Rourke will deliver his 2016 Terzaghi Lecture at Imperial College on June 22 2016.  Details of lecture.
  • Professor Richard Jardine delivered the 56th Rankine Lecture on March 16 2016 to a record audience. Find details of the lecture, which was organized by the British Geotechnical Association.
  • The 2016 Rankine Day seminar (co-organized with the University of Oxford, the British Geotechnical Association and the Institution of Civil Engineers) was a success with over 350 participants.  Look at the final schedule for the Rankine Day Seminar to get an idea of the content of the event.
  • Emeritus Professor John Burland has recently been elected to the US National Academy of Engineering. Find out more about this prestigious recognition.
  • Emeritus Reader Mike De Freitas has been awarded the 2016 William Smith Medal by the Geological Society.
  • The section has recently received two President’s Awards for Excellence from Imperial College London: The ICFEP group, led by Professor David Potts were awarded the President’s Medals for Outstanding Research Team, while Professor Richard Jardine was awarded the President’s Medal for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships. These awards will be presented at the Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Graduation Ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 4 May 2016.