Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Proconsul and Professor of Geomechanics



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Richard Jardine is College Senior Consul and Professor of Geomechanics in Civil and Environmental Engineering - where he undertakes research and teaching. He was elected Fellow of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers in 2001, the Royal Academy of Engineers in 2002, the City and Guilds Institute in 2008 and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in 2018.

Richard is engaged in several large international research JIPs and collaborates with groups worldwide. He is currently: PI on the ALPACA project, investigating offshore renewable energy foundations for chalk sites with Oxford, EPSRC and Industry; Co-I on Unified Pile Design Method JIP with Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Fugro and UWA (Australia) as well as the PAGE foundation ageing project with Cathie Associates and GCG. He holds a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship with Zhejiang University (ZJU, China) which covers renewable energy and transport systems. Richard is supervising laboratory research into the static and cyclic constitutive behaviour of sands, clays and chalks and has led multiple earlier studies into a wide range of geomaterials. He is a Visiting Professor at ZJU, where he was appointed Distinguished International Scholar by the Chinese Ministry of Education. His recently completed research includes improving design for flood embankments on peats and organic soils with the authorities in Holland, advising the French national SOLCYP cyclic loading programme,and studies with BP into climate change impact on Siberian permafrost and the stability of large underwater landslides in the Gulf of Mexico.


Richard Jardine has written over 300 academic papers, winning 25 International Awards including a top RAEng Medal (in 1997), Prizes from the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1985, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2019 and 2021, the British Geotechnical Association Medal (1990, 2015 and 2021), Imperial College's President's Medal for External Collaborative Research in 2015 and the Canadian Geotechnical Society's Quigley Award in 2019. He chaired ISSMGE TC-29 for ten years and now sits on three TCs as well as API, ISO and SUT Committees. He has held Visiting Professorships in Japan and Singapore and gave the first BGS-Geotechnique lecture in 1990. His distinguished lectures since then including the Coulomb Lecture (Paris, 2006), Zeng Lecture (Hangzhou, 2008), William Mong Lecture (Hong Kong, 2011), three keynotes in 2012 on offshore Geotechnics, the ISSMGE Bishop Honour Lecture (Paris 2013), the ASCE's Sowers (Georgia 2014), Lovell (Purdue 2016) and Wissa (Tampa 2017) Lectures, the BGA's Rankine Lecture in 2016, the Canadian Milligan Lecture in Kingston (2016) and a keynote at the BGA's Chalk-18 Conference.  He has prepared several public reports on offshore geotechnics for the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and has given advice to contractors, consultants, governments and energy companies on a wide range of major onshore and offshore projects, including recent large scale experiments conducted offshore in the Baltic Sea and Straits of Taiwan.



Soil properties, advanced laboratory and field measurement techniques, soil characterisation; offshore geotechnics, foundation analysis, slope stability, driven pile behaviour, soft ground engineering, full-scale monitoring, geotechnical instrumentation and cold region geotechnics.



Gao L, Guo N, Yang ZX, et al., 2022, MPM modeling of pile installation in sand: Contact improvement and quantitative analysis, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:151, ISSN:0266-352X

Pan K, Liu XM, Yang ZX, et al., 2022, Closure to "Undrained Cyclic Response of K-0-Consolidated Stiff Cretaceous Clay under Wheel Loading Conditions" by K. Pan, X. M. Liu, Z. X. Yang, R. J. Jardine, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol:148, ISSN:1090-0241

Lehane BM, Liu Z, Bittar EJ, et al., 2022, CPT-Based Axial Capacity Design Method for Driven Piles in Clay, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol:148, ISSN:1090-0241

Ushev ER, Jardine RJ, 2022, The mechanical behaviour of Bolders Bank till, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, ISSN:0008-3674

Ahmadi-Naghadeh R, Liu T, Vinck K, et al., 2022, A laboratory characterisation of the response of intact chalk to cyclic loading, Géotechnique, ISSN:0016-8505

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