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.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Tsaparli V, Kontoe S, Taborda D, et al., 2020, A case study of liquefaction: demonstrating the application of an advanced model and understanding the pitfalls of the simplified procedure, Geotechnique, Vol:70, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:538-558

Sailer E, Taborda D, Zdravkovic L, et al., A novel method for designing thermo-active retaining walls using two dimensional analyses, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN:1353-2618

Taborda D, Zdravkovic L, Potts DM, et al., Finite element modelling of laterally loaded piles in a dense marine sand at Dunkirk, Geotechnique, ISSN:0016-8505

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