- Railway field instrumentation (MEMS, geophones, DIC, fibre optics)
- Geotechnical field instrumentation (piezometers, earth pressure cells, shape arrays, extensometers)
- Solid waste infrastructure modelling
- Geomechanics of landfill waste
Current PhD Students
Geoff Watson is a Senior Research Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He specialises in track instrumentation and behaviour and is currently working on rail research projects for RSSB & Network Rail (Heavy Axle Weight minimum viable product), HS2 and IN2TRACK3. He has previously worked on other EPSRC rail projects: EP/M025276/1 - The science and analytical tools to design long life, low noise railway track systems; EP/H044949 – Railway track for the 21st century; EP/I01344X/1 - Long term dynamics of interdependent infrastructure systems as well as multiple rail projects for Network Rail, IN2TRACK & IN2TRACK2.
He has also worked on geotechnical instrumentation EP/K02521X/1 - Earth and water pressures on the base of ground-contacting slabs within deep basement structures.
He has worked on the geomechanics of landfill waste in the EPSRC funded projects EPSRC EP/E00654X/1 - Mechanics and settlement of post Landfill Directive residual wastes and EP/E041965/1 - Sciences and strategies for the long term management and remediation of landfills.
He has worked on two projects modelling the future of infrastructure in the UK (EP/N017064/1 MISTRAL: Multi-scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics and EP/I01344X/1 - Long term dynamics of interdependent infrastructure systems) in which he specialised in the solid waste sector. This led to the contribution of a chapter on solid waste infrastructure to the second Climate Change RIsk Analysis (CCRA2).
He has been responsible for organising and running geotechnical laboratories and field trips for the Geology for Engineers course for first year undergraduates for many years.