School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


landslide damage


Our research develops improved methods for modelling, designing and monitoring structural and geotechnical systems using computational and experimental approaches.

We aim to increase understanding of interactions between earthworks, vegetation and climate change and produce guidance for the safety and resilience of infrastructure. Our modelling and computational techniques for assessing the performance of new and existing structures under severe loading conditions, has enhanced the accuracy of structural and geotechnical monitoring.

Our infrastructure research addresses:

  • Stability of slopes
  • Reliability of soil-geosynthetic systems
  • Enhanced sport infrastructure
  • Digital photogrammetry and monitoring
  • Structure and materials

Case Study

Listening for landslides

In collaboration with the British Geological Survey we have developed a new sensor for detecting landslides which listens to the soil and rock as it starts moving and produces an early warning message so that action can be taken.

Revolutionising landslide detection and early warning

We have developed Slope ALARMS which detect impending landslides and provide early warnings.

Revolutionising landslide detection and early warning

More about us

Professor Neil Dixon
Areas of research - Climate change impacts of geotechnical infrastructure, slope stability, monitoring, geosynthetics, sustainable design

Dr Alister Smith
Areas of research - Slope stability, smart infrastructure, monitoring

Dr Alessandro Palmeri 
Areas of research - Structural dynamics, probabilistic mechanics

Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi
Areas of research - Numerical modelling, dynamic and static behaviour of soil-structure systems, computer aided engineering

Dr Chris Goodier
Areas of research - Concrete technology, structural assessment, onsite an offsite construction

Giorgio Barone
Areas of research - Structural dynamics, continuum mechanics, Life-cycle engineering

Dr Jamal El-Rimawi 
Areas of research - Structures at elevated temperatures

Professor Jim Chandler
Areas of research - Spatial measurement, digital photogrammetry, deformation monitoring, change detection, land surveying

Dr Paul Fleming
Areas of research - Engineering of sport surfaces, performance testing of soil systems

Dr Matthew Frost
Areas of research - Performance testing of soil systems, railway engineering and track-bed behaviour

Dr Rene Wackrow
Areas of research - Spatial measurement, digital photogrammetry

Dr Teresa Lombardo
Areas of research - Computational mechanics, structural dynamics, structural engineering

  • A Novel Precast Structural System for Modular Housing
  • Artificial Turf: Integrating Maintenance and Sport Surface Science
  • Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Low Cost Sensor Development and Exploitation
  • Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Proof of Concept
  • Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Sensor Technical Development
  • Biological and Engineering Impacts of Climate Change on Slopes: Learning from full scale
  • Challenging Lock-in in Urban Energy Systems (CLUES) Extension
  • Changing Environments and Infrastructure
  • Civil Engineering Developments within the Renewable Energy Sector
  • Collaborative Highway Engineering to provide Optimisation and Best Value
  • Developing Knowledge Regarding Sustainable Construction in the National University of Civil Engineering of Vietnam
  • Disaggregated Scenarios for Demand Studies (DS4DS)
  • Durability assessment of concrete containing recycled materials and corrosion management of reinforced concrete structures

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