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.


  • On Sept. 8th 2017 Prof. Kerry Rowe will present his Terzaghi Lecture "Protecting the Environment with Geotechnics" to the section. External attendees are welcome, there is no need to register.  Details: Kerry Rowe Seminar
  • The Geotechnics Section is currently recruiting for a new staff member in experimental soil mechanics, at a lecturer/senior lecturer level.  Closing date: 22nd August 2017.  Details are give in the job advertisement.
  • On July 20 2017 Prof.  Marcelo Sanchez from Texas A+M gave a talk on gas hydrate bearing sediments to the Geotechnics Section.
  • We are still accepting applicants for entry to our MSc courses for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Scholarships are available to suitably qualified students thanks to the support of our bursary group.   Examples of the careers of graduates from the MSc. are on our alumni page. Please contact  Sue Feller for more details or download the MSc leaflet.
  • On August 31 and Sept 1 there will be a workshop on Seepage Induced Instabilities held at Imperial College co hosted with the University of Sheffield in conjunction with the British Geotechnical Association and the British Dam Society.  For more details please contact Catherine O'Sullivan or download the seminar flier.
  • Prof. Tom O'Rourke delivered 2016 Terzaghi Lecture at Imperial College on June 22 2017. 
  • MSc graduate, Aliki Kokkinou (MSc Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics 2013-2014) won the Ground Engineering Rising Star Award for 2017.
  • The 2017 Rankine Day seminar (co-organized with the British Geotechnical Association and the Institution of Civil Engineers) was on Recent Developments in Energy Geotechnics: Fundamentals to Applications.  For more details download the Energy geotechnics flier.
  • 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.
  • 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.