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Mr Geoff Watson BSc (Hons), ARCS

Research Fellow

Mr Geoff Watson's photo

Geoff Watson is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. He specialises in laboratory testing of soils and landfill wastes and field research into the performance of railway track systems and landfill engineering. He has also contributed to the work on the UK's infrastructure as an author on the UK's second Climate Change Risk Assessment and as a reviewer on the first National Infrastructure Assessment completed by the UK's National Infrastructure Commission. Over the past 18 years he has worked on research projects funded by the UK's EPSRC, Network Rail, the European Union, Defra and industry in the UK and overseas. He has authored over 30 publications.

Geoff has been running the laboratory and field work components of the geology for engineers first year course for many years and has also become the infrastructure group's unofficial photographer.

Research interests

Geomechanics, Geotechnical engineering, Waste management, Ballast, Geotechnical engineering, Infrastructure, Railway infrastructure, Retaining Structures, Slopes, Soil mechanics, DIC, waste mechanics, climate change risk assessment, national infrastructure, solid waste.

Principal activities

Design, implementation and analysis of results from bespoke field monitoring systems for the evaluation of track performance, e.g. using pressure cells, geophones, high speed filming with digital image correlation (DIC), extensometers, accelerometers (MEMs) and total station surveying.

Named Researcher, researcher or project manager for:

EPSRC funded:

  • Track to the Future
  • Track 21
  • Track 400
  • ITRC
  • MISTRAL

Other rail projects have been funded directly by Network Rail, RSSB, the EU (Shift2Rail, In2Rail, In2Track, In2Track2) include:

  • performance of under sleeper pads at switches and crossings
  • behaviour of under track crossings
  • monitoring of integral bridges
  • pre- & post-renewal behaviour of a flat crossing
  • efficacy of mud pumping remediation
  • developing strategies for targeted maintenance
  • lateral earth pressures generated during high-output train ballast excavation and renewal
  • ballast contact testing
  • cyclic triaxial testing of Victorian clay embankment fill

Research group

Infrastructure Group

Affiliate research group

Waste Management

Research project(s)

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)

Track 21 - Railway Track for the 21st Century

Ballasted Rail Track

Several aspects of railway geotechnical engineering are being investigated at the University of Southampton, with the financial support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Network Rail through a Strategic Research Partnership on Future Infrastructure Systems, and HS2 Ltd. Some examples are described on this page. In addition to those three, funders and collaborators include Arup, GeoObservations, London Underground Limited, Mott MacDonald and RSSB.

Understanding landfill processes

Waste mechanics and causes of landfill settlement, degradation and gas generation

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Conferences

Reports

Code Title Role
CENV1027 Civil Engineering Fundamentals Geology for engineers unit - Lecturer; lab and field trip coordinator
Installing instrumentation
Installing instrumentation, Alutsgarden, Sweden, May 2017 ©Geoff Watson 2017
Wooden Gates level crossing, East Coast
Wooden Gates level crossing, East Coast Mainline, Apr 2015, ©Geoff Watson, 2015
Surveying Wooden Gates crossover
Surveying Wooden Gates crossover, East Coast Mainline, Mar/Apr 2019. ©Geoff Watson 2019
Installing instruments
Installing instruments, Wooden Gates crossover, East Coast Mainline, Mar/Apr 2019. ©Geoff Watson 2019
Installing instruments
Installing instruments, Wooden Gates crossover, East Coast Mainline, Mar/Apr 2019. ©Geoff Watson 2019
Installing instruments
Installing instruments, Crissmill crossover, HS1, June 2018 ©Geoff Watson 2018
Installing instruments
Installing instruments, Crissmill crossover, HS1, June 2018 ©Geoff Watson 2018
Victoria Station Upgrade
Victoria Station Upgrade, July 2014, ©Geoff Watson 2014
Installing instruments on base slab reinforcing
Installing instruments on base slab reinforcing, Victoria Station Upgrade, Aug 2014, ©Geoff Watson 2014
Installing instruments on base slab reinforcing
Installing instruments on base slab reinforcing, Victoria Station Upgrade, Aug 2014, ©Geoff Watson 2014
Block sampling clay
Block sampling clay, Victoria Station Upgrade, Sept 2014, ©Geoff Watson 2014
Trackside monitoring
Trackside monitoring, Blackboy Lane level crossing, Mar 2015, ©Geoff Watson 2015
The Shard from the South Bermondsey fly-under works
The Shard from the South Bermondsey fly-under works, Thameslink, Aug 2015, ©Geoff Watson, 2015
Trackside monitoring
Trackside monitoring, Oddingley level crossing, Oct 2015, ©Geoff Watson, 2015
Trackside monitoring
Trackside monitoring, Reading West, May 2017, ©Geoff Watson, 2017
Tamworth
Tamworth, Mar 2013, ©Geoff Watson 2013
Cogload Junction
Cogload Junction, Jun 2020 ©Geoff Watson, 2020
Newark Flat Crossing
Newark Flat Crossing, East Coast Mainline, July 2019, ©Geoff Watson, 2019
Trackside monitoring
Trackside monitoring, Oddingley level crossing, July 2019, ©Geoff Watson, 2019
Tamping
Tamping, Newark Flat Crossing, East Coast Mainline, Sept 2019, ©Geoff Watson, 2019
Tamping
Tamping, Newark Flat Crossing, East Coast Mainline, Sept 2019, ©Geoff Watson, 2019
Mr Geoff Watson
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 178/3021/B1

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