Recent events, activities and news from the Geotechnics Section

  • Sports Day:  Staff, PhD students. MSc students and their families enjoyed a day of cricket and football together in July 2018.  Find out more about student life here.
  • Seminar: Prof Paulo Coelho from the University of Coimbra, Portugal,delivered a seminar on Friday 13th July 2018 entitled "Mechanisms governing the performance of shallow foundations built on liquefiable ground”
  • Seminar: Prof. David Airey (University of Sydney) gave a talk on ‘Liquefaction of Cargos in Ships' in July 2018.  Details: David Airey Talk.
  • Seminar: On Wed July 4 2018 Dr. David Carrier gave a talk on secondary compression.
  • Evening Talk: On Tuesday April 17 2018 Dr. Laurie Wesley gave a talk about Prof. Bishop, a former professor in the geotechnics section.  Full details: Talk on Prof. Bishop
  • Effects of tunnelling on existing tunnels: On Wed April 25th 2018 there was be a seminar on the Effects of tunnelling on existing tunnels.  .
  • Research Highlighted in Daily Telegraph:  The Daily Telegraph has highlighted research by  Dr. Richard Ghail. You can read the article online.
  • Research Highlighted in Evening Standard: London's Evening Standard has highlighted ongoing research in the section by Christine Bischoff, a PhD student supervised by Dr. Richard Ghail.  You can read the article online.
  • International award for geotechnical engineering teaching:  The Soil Mechanics MSc Cluster DirectorDr. Stavroula Kontoe has been awarded the international 2017 Shamsher Prakash award for excellence in teaching of geotechnical engineering.
  • MSc Graduate Wins the Cooling Prize:  On Feb 28 2018, Joe Newhouse, who completed a MSc in soil mechanics and who now works at Mott MacDonald, was awarded 49th Cooling Prize by the British Geotechnical Association for his paper “Ground movement due to shaft construction” which is based on his MSc dissertation.
  • Unwin Prize Award for Geotechnics PhD Graduate:  Dr. Klementyna Gawecka has been jointly awarded the Unwin Prize for best PhD student by the Department of Civil Engineering.  Dr. Gawecka, who finished her PhD in 2017, is currently working as a teaching fellow in the Geotechnics Section.  
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Modified Cam Clay:  In March 2018 staff and students celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Modified Cam Clay Model with Prof. John Burland.
  • Landslide Talk: Prof. Paul Santi from the Colorado School of Mines will give a talk  on Friday 16th March, on "the Mechanics and Analysis of the Deadly West Salt Creek Landslide, Colorado” at 12 noon, in Room 207, Skempton Building.
  • 2018 Pre-Rankine Seminar: Prior to the BGA Rankine lecture on March 21, the Geotechnics Section  co-hosted, with the BGA,  a seminar on "Linking fabric, structure and soil behaviour: Recent advancements".  Details are given on the seminar programme.
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal Editor's Choice recognition: A paper co-authored by Prof. Richard Jardine has been selected as one of the “Editor’s Choice” papers for 2018 by the Canadian Geotechnical Journal  in recognition of its high caliber and topical importance. The paper authored by Cai et al. (2018) is entitled "Undrained behaviour of intact soft clay under cyclic paths that match vehicle loading conditions". doi:10.1139/cgj-2016-0636 (Spiral http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/45598).
  • Centenary Enterprise Award: We are delighted to hear that two PhD students from the section, Giulia Ghiadistri and  Eli  Sailer were awarded the City and Guilds College Association Centenary Enterprise Award in Feb 2017.  This award recognizes the work Giulia and Eli did to organize the 2017 PhD Alumni reunion for PhD graduates from the section.
  • MSc Graduate Named New Face of Civil Engineering: Neeraj Kumar Sharma who graduaded with a MSc in Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics in 2014 has been named a 2018 ASCE New Face of Civil Engineering.
  • 2017 Fleming award: We are delighted to announce that the PISA project was the winner of the 2017 BGA Fleming Award competition held on 6th December 2017 at the ICE.  The PISA project team includes staff and researchers from the Imperial Geotechnics Section.
  • 2016 Geotechnical Research Medal:  Dr. Jamie Standing and Prof. David Potts have been awarded the 2016 Geotechnical Research medal for their paper entitled The use of kinematic hardening models for predicting tunnelling-induced ground movements in London Clay that was published in  Géotechnique 66(2).
  • Seminar: On Feb 22 2018 Dr. Jonathan Fannin, University of British Columbia gave a talk on "Improved dam safety risk management of internal erosion"
  •  Seminar: 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake    On Wed October 4th Dr. Liam Wotherspoon from the University of Auckland, New Zealand gave a talk on the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, focussing on geologic, geotechnical and built environment impacts.   Full details: Liam Wotherspoon Talk Oct 2017.
  • A New Technologies Workshop was 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
  • On Sept. 8th 2017 Prof. Kerry Rowe presented his Terzaghi Lecture "Protecting the Environment with Geotechnics" to the section.  Details: Kerry Rowe Seminar
  • 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 was  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.  Selected presentations are available here.  For more details please contact Catherine O'Sullivan‌.
  • 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.