Imperial College London

Professor David Potts

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering




+44 (0)20 7594 6084d.potts




505Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Prof. Potts' areas of research

Vectors showing the displacements of the embankment 

Finite Element Analysis of an embankment failure using MIT- E3 anisotropic soil model.

Numerical Analysis:

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.

Research undertaken includes (but not limited to)

  • embankments
  • dams
  • foundations
  • pipelines
  • constitutive modelling
  • geotechnical earthquake modelling
  • partially saturated soils
  • tunnels
  • offshore foundations
  • the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Guest Lectures

Application of advanced numerical analysis in geotechnical engineering design; Geotec-Hanoi 2019 keynote lecture, 4th International Conference on Geotechnics for Sustainable Infrastructure development; Geotech Hanoi 2019; 28-29 Nov 2019, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2019

Extending the life of existing infrastructure; ECSMGE 2019 invited lecture, 17th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ECSMGE 2019; 1-6 Sep 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland, 2019

Integrating laboratory and field testing into advanced geotechnical design; IS-Glasgow 2019 keynote lecture, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS-Glasgow 2019; 26-28 June 2019, Strathclyde University Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow, 2019

On the modelling of soil-atmosphere interaction in cut and natural slopes; UNSAT 2018 keynote lecture, 7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils; The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 2018

PISA: new design methods for offshore wind turbine monopiles; SUT OSIG 2017 keynote lecture, 8th International Conference on Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics (OSIG); 12-14 Sep 2017, Royal Geographical Society, London; Society for Underwater Technology, London, 2017

New design methods for offshore wind turbine monopiles; OES special lecture, Offshore Engineering Society Special Lecture; 3 May 2017, Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK, 2017

Limit state design, Eurocode 7 and numerical methods; ECSMGE 2011 panel lecture, 15th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ECSMGE 2011; ERT C7 & TC 205 workshop;Hellenic Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Athens, Greece, 2011

Application of numerical analysis in geotechnical engineering practice; Geo-Florida 2010 keynote lecture, ASCE Geo-Institute annual conference, Geo-Florida 2010; 20-24 Feb 2010, West Palm Beach, Florida, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, 2010