Imperial College London

Dr James Lawrence

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Geotechnics
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 0700j.lawrence Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Ms Sue Feller +44 (0)20 7594 6077

 
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Location

 

528ASkempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Rock Engineering - CIVE97090

Aims

  • Engineering rock mechanics is the study of both rock mechanics and rock engineering, and is concerned with all structures that are built in or on rock. This includes structures formed from the rock itself, such as slopes and caverns, as well as engineering structures such as tunnels and foundations.
  • This module is an introduction to the subject, and aims to familiarise students with the principal concepts and techniques used in the discipline, whilst indicating more advanced issues. Through a series of weekly worksheets, students have the opportunity to apply the fundamentals presented in the lectures to typical engineering problems.

Role

Course Leader

Site Investigation and Engineering Geomorphology - CIVE97157

Aims

  • Develop an understanding of procurement and programme planning. 

  • Introduce the fundamental elements of integrating multiple sources of surface and subsurface geotechnical data in order to develop a 3D understanding of the ground, recognising the variability and uncertainty inherent in all geotechnical engineering, and identifying hazards.  

  • To provide an understanding of the techniques used to interpret the wide variety of geological and geotechnical data acquired during the site investigation process and how risk is assessed.  

  • Investigate the highly variable nature of the geological environment and the inherent uncertainties in trying to quantify both processes and products for engineering design purposes.  

  • To introduce students to complimentary SI methods and techniques, including geophysics, and remote sensing. 

  • Develop an integrated model ground and consider its application as an iterative project planning tool.  

  • To familiarise students with reading the landscape to understand its engineering implications.  

  • To describe the geological characteristics of soils and rocks, as materials and en-masse, and explain their influence upon the engineering behaviour of these materials.

Role

Course Leader

Geotechnics Fieldwork - CIVE97087

Aims

  • To attend all three field courses, and apply practical experience in geotechnical fieldwork.

Role

Course Leader

Environmental Engineering - CIVE96012

Aims

This module aims to provide knowledge and skills in the design of drinking water supply and treatment works, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and waste and resource management. Understanding of the basic principles will be supplemented, where appropriate, by practical problem-solving exercises in the context of civil engineering.

 

 

Role

Lecturer

Waste Management Engineering - CIVE97015

Aims

To provide detailed knowledge and skills in the management, treatment, disposal and recycling options for solid wastes and the role resource efficiency plays in conserving resources and contributing to a low carbon economy, while focusing on key engineering and technical aspects involved. Understanding of the basic principles of waste and resource management will be supplemented, where appropriate, by practical problem-solving exercises in the context of civil engineering.

Role

Lecturer

Soils and Engineering Geology - CIVE95010

Aims

To give students a broad understanding both of basic soil and rock mechanics and the behaviour of soils and rocks needed for engineering design, and an understanding of their geological histories and the geological hazards associated with them.

Role

Lecturer

Geotechnics - CIVE40009

Aims

  • To introduce students to geotechnical engineering and fundamental concepts in soil mechanics. 
  • To discuss the origin and composition of soils and introduce fundamental intrinsic parameters and state variables required to classify soils and to assess their current state. 
  • To introduce basic concepts associated with the one-dimensional flow of water through soils.  
  • To outline the basic design principles and purpose of typical geotechnical components such as foundations and retaining walls. 
  • To familiarise students with soils and rocks, and the use of geological maps and sketches in a desk study investigation. 
  • To highlight the importance of developing a detailed understanding of ground conditions in successful civil engineering.  
  • To recognise major geotechnical hazards, plan appropriate site investigations, and to develop safe and successful geotechnical design. 

Role

Lecturer