Imperial College London

Dr David M. G. Taborda

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr David M G Taborda is a Senior Lecturer in the Geotechnics section. Dr Taborda graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2004. Dr Taborda then joined Imperial College London to undertake his PhD studies in numerical modelling of dynamic soil behaviour and liquefaction-related phenomena. At the end of 2010 he joined the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG) as a Geotechnical Engineer, participating in the numerical simulation of different engineering projects involving soil-structure interaction. In August 2012, Dr Taborda returned to Imperial College London as a Lecturer to develop the Department's research in the field of Energy Geotechnics. This has included the design and commission of new temperature-controlled equipment in the laboratory and the further development of the finite element code ICFEP to include a fully-coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical formulation for Geotechnical problems. This has been applied to the modelling of a range of ground-source heating problems, such as open-loops, thermo-active piles and thermo-active retaining walls. Simultaneously, Dr Taborda has been part of the Imperial College team working on the PISA - Pile Soil Analysis project, which focuses on the development of new design methodologies for foundations for offshore wind turbines.



Han B, Zdravkovic L, Kontoe S, et al., 2017, Numerical investigation of multi-directional site KiK-net downhole array monitoring data, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:89, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:55-70


Coelho PALF, Azeiteiro RJN, Costa ALD, et al., Effects of earthquake-induced liquefaction: integrated research tools towards optimum reduction of society vulnerability, 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Goncalves Pedro AM, Ferreira D, Coelho PALF, et al., Modelling the influence of rock variability on geotechnical structures, 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE

Liu T, Aghakouchak A, Taborda DMG, et al., Advanced laboratory characterization of a fine marine sand from Dunkirk, France, 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE, Pages:439-442

Tsaparli V, Kontoe S, Taborda D, et al., 2017, Liquefaction modelling of a strong motion station in Christchurch, New Zealand, 3rd International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (PBD-III), International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

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