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Research project

J Smethurst 2015 - EPSRC: Rooting for Sustainable Performance


Lead researcher

Doctor 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

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Other researchers

Professor Ian Sinclair

Professor of Engineering Materials

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Professor William Powrie

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Railway track and trackbed behaviour and performance.
  • Geotechnical transportation infrastructure (earthworks, retaining walls, tunnels).

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Professor Fabrice Pierron

Professor of Materials

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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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