School of Engineering

Geotechnics & Structures

Geotechnics and Structures (GEST)

The GEST Group is at the core of the Civil Engineering discipline. We deal with the fundamental concepts of material behaviour, construction and design technology.

Our research reflects these core aspects of the subject, while also linking with the theme of earth systems science engineering and management through concepts of sustainability in construction and climate change effects in civil engineering.

Find out about the work of our Nepal earthquake team. We also provide a wide range of consultancy and commercial services.

 While we have expertise in each of these distinct areas, our emerging specialism is in the interaction of them. This enables us to find solutions to problems through high-quality input and output at all levels, including:

  • acquisition of material test data
  • constitutive models and material laws
  • development of numerical models
  • simulation and full-scale validation

In practice, it means we are able to:

  • develop state-of-the-art mathematical models for structural analysis, geo-materials and composites
  • carry out full-scale testing and demonstration of novel material designs
  • carry out a validated simulation of improved geotechnical and structural designs