GCG Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
After graduation from Kings College, London, Professor Potts undertook research at Cambridge University into the collapse of shallow tunnels which involved extensive experimental and analytical studies. From Cambridge he went to the Shell Research Laboratories, Rijswijk, Holland where he worked on experimental and theoretical problems involved in the cyclic loading of clay, on the development of numerical methods for analysing the foundation behaviour of marine gravity structures, on the stresses in oil well casings, and on the stability of offshore pipelines.
Since 1979 Professor Potts has been a member of the academic staff at Imperial College, responsible for teaching the use of analytical methods in geomechanics and the design of slopes, foundations and earth retaining structures, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He currently holds the position of Head of Geotechnics. Professor Potts has worked extensively on the development of computer methods of analysis and, more particularly, on the application of elasto-plastic finite element programs to the design of real geotechnical structures.
Professor Potts has been author and co-author of more than 280 technical publications.
Areas of Expertise:
Geotechnical numerical analysis, constitutive modelling, soil-structure interaction.
Avgerinos V, Potts DM, Standing JR, Numerical investigation of the effects of tunnelling on existing tunnels, Géotechnique, ISSN:0016-8505
et al., A coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical finite element formulation for curved beams in two-dimensions, Computers and Geotechnics, ISSN:0266-352X
et al., On the implications of advanced monopile design methodologies in offshore wind turbines, Proceedings of the Society for Underwater Technology Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics 8th International Conference on “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments"
et al., PISA: new design methods for offshore wind turbine monopiles, Proceedings of the Society for Underwater Technology Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics 8th International Conference on “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments"
et al., Foundation Design of Offshore Wind Structures, TC209 Workshop on Foundation Design of Offshore Wind Structures, 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering