Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Ground Engineering



+44 (0)20 7594 6072j.standing




Ms Sue Feller +44 (0)20 7594 6077




531Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Standing is a Senior Lecturer in the Geotechnics Section of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, having been on the staff since 2002.  Dr Standing teaches Soil Mechanics to second-year undergraduate students and Engineering Geology MSc students.  Also at MSc level he teaches Geotechnical Processes, Partly Saturated Soil Mechanics and Earthworks & Embankments.

He is an active researcher who has supervised a large number of MSc and PhD projects.

He has published numerous papers mostly relating to tunnelling, structural response and monitoring. He has also edited several books.  Dr Standing was previously a visiting professor at the Beijing University of Technology and has lectured widely in China, he retains collaborative links with the Beijing Geotechnical Institute.  He has also ran and taken part in short courses for industry at Imperial and internationally.  He was a member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel (2006-2008) and is currently on the editorial panel of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and a member of the British Geotechnical Association executive committee.

Areas of Expertise:

Tunnelling-induced ground movements, the effects of tunnelling on the urban environment (surface and subsurface structures, services etc.), and in particular piled foundations and existing tunnels, full-scale monitoring of the ground and structures (surveying, instrumentation etc.).  He has an overall interest in problems involving soil-structure he interaction, including soil nailing and reinforced earth and small-scale modelling.  He has also been supervising research into fundamental properties of various soils (residual soils from Malaysia, expansive soils from Sudan, gypsiferous soils from Libya) and partly saturated soil mechanics. 



Standing JR, 2020, Identification and implications of the London Clay Formation divisions from an engineering perspective, Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Vol:131, ISSN:0016-7878, Pages:486-499

Standing JR, Buss SR, 2020, Measurement and monitoring, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:53, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:349-351

Standing J, vaughan P, charles-jones S, et al., 2020, Observed behaviour of old railway embankments formed of ash and dumped clay fill, Geotechnique: International Journal of Soil Mechanics, ISSN:0016-8505

Wong LX, Shire T, Standing J, 2020, Effect of depositional water content on the collapsibility of a reconstituted loess, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:53, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:283-289

Standing J, 2020, John Burland’s deep-excavation- and tunnelling-related research and industry involvement, Goetechnical Engineering Journal of Seags and Agssea, ISSN:0046-5828

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