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.
- Offshore Geotechnics
- Infrastructure for Renewable Energy
- Numerical and Physical Modelling
I obtained my PhD at the University of Liège in 2014. I was awarded a MSCA fellowship at the University of Dundee, to work on screw piles, then became lecturer at the University of Southampton in 2020. I am specialised in physical and numerical modelling of innovative foundations for offshore renewable energy devices.