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Doctor Benjamin Cerfontaine

Doctor Benjamin Cerfontaine

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Offshore Geotechnics
  • Infrastructure for Renewable Energy
  • Numerical and Physical Modelling

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with Benjamin


Address: Boldrewood Campus, Burgess Road, SO16 7QF (View in Google Maps)


I am a geotechnical engineer, specialised in environmental geotechnics and the development of ground-related solutions to foster renewable energy development. I have mainly worked on foundations for offshore wind or wave renewable energy devices, but also on geotechnical aspects of shallow geothermal energy or pumped-storage hydroelectricity.


My main goal is to foster innovative geotechnical solutions (foundation, design methods, probing…) based on an improved understanding of the fundamental behaviour of geomaterials. I am particularly interested in complex loading of soils, for instance induced by the cyclic loading of foundations or rotary installation of piles. My background is a mix of advanced numerical modelling (FEM, DEM) and physical modelling (centrifuge) whose combination enables an insightful understanding of geomaterial and foundation behaviour.


I particularly enjoy transdisciplinary collaborations, for instance combining anchor geotechnical aspects, fluid dynamics and structural dynamics to simulate an entire floating wind turbine system. I have worked with several companies to develop new anchors for floating devices, embedded in rock or sand.

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