Dr Amr Morsy

BSc MSc PhD PE

  • Research Associate in Numerical Modelling of Geotechnical Asset Performance

Research and expertise

I am a professional civil engineer with experience in both research and practise with a focus on geotechnical engineering, geosynthetics, transportation geotechnics, and environmental geotechnics.

As part of my academic experience, I conduct research in soil reinforcement, geosynthetics, unsaturated soil hydromechanics, earth retention, and bridge supports. My research involves physical and numerical modelling of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering systems, and infrastructure instrumentation and laboratory experimentation.

My research in the area of soil reinforcement includes evaluation of loading mechanisms involved in reinforced soil structures, the evaluation of stress and strain fields in reinforced soil structures, and the evaluation of the extent of soil-reinforcement interaction as well as the interaction among neighbouring reinforcement layers in reinforced soil structures. My research in the area of unsaturated soils includes studying the performance of water-balance environmental cover systems and multi-phase flow in porous media, including dams and embankments. My research in the area of infrastructure asset management includes risk-based assessment of infrastructure features and assessment of environmental impacts associated with geotechnical structures.

As part of my teaching experience, I served as an instructor for several geotechnical engineering courses at Cairo University and the University of Texas at Austin. The courses I delivered involved topics on soil mechanics, foundations, earth retention, site investigation, and swelling soils. As part of my professional consulting experience, I conduct analyses, designs, and forensic evaluations of retaining walls, reinforced soil structures, deep excavations, bridge foundations, waste containment facilities, and tailings and embankment dams.

Current research activity

  • Assessment, Costing and Enhancement of Long - Life, Long-Linear Assets (ACHILLES)

Recently completed research projects

  • Risk-based asset management of reinforced soil walls with metallic reinforcements
  • Development of design recommendations to design procedures for geosynthetic reinforced soil structures in AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications
  • Defining the boundary conditions for composite behaviour of geosynthetic reinforced soil structures
  • Evaluation of soil-reinforcement composite interaction in geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures
  • Evaluation of dynamic properties of calcareous sands 

Recent publications

  • Morsy, A.M., Zornberg, J.G., Christopher, B.R., and Leshchinsky, D. (2020), “Lateral Displacement in Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures,” In Proceedings of the 4th Pan American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2020), International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), October 26-29, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2020), “Soil-Reinforcement Interaction: Stress Regime Evolution in Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soils,” Geotextiles and Geomembranes. [In Press] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2020.08.007
  • Morsy, A.M., Zornberg, J.G., Leshchinsky, D., Christopher, B.R., Han, J., and Tanyu, B.F. (2020), “Experimental Evaluation of the Interaction among Neighboring Reinforcements in Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soils,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 146, No.10, October 2020, 04020107. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002365
  • Chen, C., Zhang, G., Zornberg, J.G., Morsy, A.M., and Huang, J. (2020), “Interface Bond Behavior of Tensioned Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) Tendons Embedded in Cemented Soils,” Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 263, December 2020, 120132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.120132
  • Zhang, G., Chen, C., Zornberg, J.G., Morsy, A.M., and Mao, F. (2020), “Interface Creep Behavior of Grouted Anchors in Clayey Soils: Effect of Soil Moisture Condition,” Acta Geotechnica, Vol. 15, January 2020, pp. 2159–2177. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11440-019-00907-6
  • Morsy, A.M., Zornberg, J.G., Leshchinsky, D., and Han, J. (2019), “Soil-Reinforcement Interaction: Effect of Reinforcement Spacing and Normal Stress,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 145, No. 12, December 2019, 04019115.  https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002180
  • Morsy A.M., Zornberg, J.G., Han, J., and Leshchinsky, D. (2019), “A New Generation of Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction Experimentation,” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol. 47, No. 4, August 2019, pp. 459-476. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2019.04.001
  • Shen, P., Han, J., Zornberg, J.G., Morsy, A.M., Leshchinsky, D., Tanyu, B.F., and Xu, C. (2019), “Two and Three-Dimensional Numerical Analyses of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil (GRS) Piers,” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol. 47, No. 3, June 2019, pp. 352-368. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2019.01.010
  • Morsy, A.M., Salem, M.A., and Elmamlouk, H.H. (2019), “Evaluation of Dynamic Properties of Calcareous Sands in Egypt at Small and Medium Shear Strain Ranges,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 116, January 2019, pp. 692-708. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2018.09.030
  • Chen, C., Zhang, G., Zornberg, J.G., Morsy, A.M., Zhu, S., and Zhao, H. (2018), “Interface Behavior of Tensioned Bars Embedded in Cement-Soil Mixtures,” Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 186, October 2018, pp. 840-853. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.07.211
  • Morsy, A.M., Roodi, G.H., and Zornberg, J.G. (2018), “Evaluation of Soil-Reinforcement Interface Shear Band,” In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11th ICG): Properties and Testing – Reinforcement, International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), September 16-21, 2018 | Seoul, Korea, Paper No. S18-05.
  • Roodi, G.H., Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2018), “A Study on the Effect of Scale and Testing Method on Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction,” In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11th ICG): Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction – Pullout and Reinforcement, International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), September 16-21, 2018 | Seoul, Korea, Paper No. S20-06.
  • Roodi, G.H., Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2018), “Implementation of T-Z Analysis Approach to Predict Pullout Test Results,” In Proceedings of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) 2018: Innovations in Ground Improvement for Soils, Pavements, and Subgrades, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), March 5-10, 2018 | Orlando, Florida, USA. pp. 221-231. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481592.023
  • Walter, J.R., Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2018), “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Lateral Earth Pressures Generated from Cyclic Loading,” In Proceedings of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) 2018: Developments in Earth Retention, Support Systems, and Tunneling, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), March 5-10, 2018 | Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 158-168. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481608.016
  • Morsy, K.M., Morsy, A.M., and Hassan, A.E. (2018), “Groundwater Sustainability: Opportunity out of Threat,” Groundwater for Sustainable Development, Vol. 7, September 2018, pp. 277-285. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2018.06.010
  • Roodi, G.H., Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2018), “Soil-Geosynthetic Interface Shear in Different Testing Scales,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2672, No. 52, pp. 129-141. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118758631
  • Morsy, K.M., Morsy, A.M., Morsy, M., and Thakeb, H.M. (2017), “Eutrophication of Aquatic Ecosystems: A Viewpoint on the Environmental Impact of Climate Change,” Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering B, Vol. 6, No. 10, pp. 506-514. https://doi.org/10.17265/2162-5263/2017.10.002
  • Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2017), “A Tale of Two Bridges: Comparison between the Seismic Performance of Flexible and Rigid Abutments,” In Proceedings of the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAfrica 2017), International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), October 8-11, 2017 | Marrakech, Morocco, pp. 1000-1007.
  • Morsy, A.M., Zornberg, J.G., Christopher, B.R., Leshchinsky, D., Tanyu, B.F., and Han, J. (2017), “Experimental Approach to Characterize Soil-Reinforcement Composite Interaction,” In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (19th ICSMGE), International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), September 17-22, 2017 | Seoul, Korea, pp. 451-454.
  • Roodi, G.H., Morsy, A.M., and Zornberg, J.G. (2017), “Experimental Evaluation of the Interaction between Geosynthetic Reinforcements and Hot Mix Asphalt,” In Proceedings of the International Conference on Highway Pavements & Airfield Technology (Pavements 2017), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), August 27-30, 2017 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, pp. 428-439. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784480939.037
  • Morsy, A.M., Leshchinsky, D., and Zornberg, J.G. (2017), “Effect of Reinforcement Spacing on the Behavior of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil,” In Proceedings of Geotechnical Frontiers 2017: Walls and Slopes, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), March 12-15, 2017 | Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 112-125. http://doi.org/10.1061/9780784480458.012

Profile

Professional affiliations

  • Geosynthetics Technical Committee, American Association of Civil Engineers, ASCE
  • International Geosynthetics Society

Awards

  • Best Paper Award, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 2019
  • Kolodzey Grant, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Graduate Student Grant, Geo-Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2017
  • GSI Fellowship Grant, Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), 2016
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Research Laboratory Award, Cairo University, 2011
  • Pioneers of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Research Laboratory Award, Cairo University, 2011
  • Highway, Airport, and Traffic Research Laboratory Award, Cairo University, 2011
  • Egyptian Engineers Syndicate Award, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate (EES), 2011
  • Adam Wael El-Degwy Award, Professor Wael El-Degwy, 2011
  • Reda Hamza Award, Reda Hamza, 2011
  • SNC-Lavalin Award, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., 2010
  • Distinction Academic Honors, Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010

External activities

  • Member of the Project Review Committee (PRC) panel for Year-4 Tran-SET research project “20GTLSU18: Mining of Unmanned Aerial System Operations and Data to Improve Emergency Operations during Natural Disasters,” the Research & Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET).
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Geomechanics, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Geosynthetic International, Developments in the Built Environment, Construction and Building Materials, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Transportation Research Record, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, and Geomechanics and Engineering.
  • Chair of The “Walls, Embankments, and Slopes” technical session in the Geosynthetics 2021 Conference, IFAI, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
  • Secretary of the “Soil-Reinforcement Interaction” technical session in the GeoAmericas 2020 Conference, IGS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Co-Chair of the “Geosynthetics in Foundations” technical session in the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Conference, ASCE, Orlando, Florida, USA.