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Research project



Lead researcher

Professor William Powrie

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Railway track and trackbed behaviour and performance.
  • Geotechnical transportation infrastructure (earthworks, retaining walls, tunnels).
  • Groundwater and groundwater control.
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Other researchers

Dr Joel Smethurst BEng PhD GMICE FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • The effects of vegetation and climate on the performance of earthworks (cuttings and embankments)
  • The stabilisation of both infrastructure slopes and large landslides using discretely spaced piles
  • The mechanical stabilisation of soil by plants roots
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Research outputs

Fleur Loveridge, Jasmine Low & William Powrie, 2017, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 50(2), 158-168
Type: article
Jasmine E. Low, William Powrie & Fleur A. Loveridge, 2017, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering, 170(3), 191-200
Type: article
2016, Environmental Geotechnics, 3(4), 265-279
Type: article
2014, DFI Journal: The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute, 8(2), 74-83
Type: article