Imperial College London

Professor David Potts

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator







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