Dr Peter Helm
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5268
- Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a geotechnical engineer with experience in the computer modelling of shallow mining subsidence (as part of my PhD) and I have since undertaken hydrological and mechanical modelling of slopes and slope stability.
During my time at Newcastle University, I have worked as a research assistant on the BIONICS project, In 2011 I undertook a 1 year secondment into the geotechnics group of ARUP's Newcastle office working on slope stability modelling and then worked as an assistant lecturer teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules in geotechnical engineering. Since 2013 I have worked as a research associate on the EPSRC funded iSMART project.
- 2002 - BSc - Geology - Durham University
- 2004 - MSc - Geotechnical Engineering - Newcastle University
- 2011 - PhD - Analysis of the stability of shallow abandoned colliery workings - Newcastle University
- Fellow of the Geological Society
- Member of the British Geotechnical Association
- TUD COST Action TU1202 member
Grants and Awards
- Co-organiser of an International Training School entitled ‘The Vadose Zone Workshop’. An event for European Early Stage Researchers convened at Durham University (15,000 EUR) - Responsible for the numerical modelling component of the workshop
- Awarded funding to undertake a collaborative scoping study into improving the derivation of vegetation parameters for numerical modelling (£9910)
I have experience of teaching on the following undergraduate civil engineering and postgraduate MSc geotechnical engineering and engineering geology modules:
- CEG2201: Geotechnics
- CEG2001: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2
- CEG3001: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3
- CEG8201: Geomechanics
- CEG8202: Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice
- CEG8208: Geotechnical Design
- Geotechnical and Geological Engineering
- Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
- Engineering Geology
Research to date has focussed on applied computational geomechanics to investigate shallow mining subsidence as well as rainfall induced slope instability, using software such as the FDM and FEM codes FLAC 3D and PLAXIS as well as LE codes such as SLOPE.
Currently I am working on the EPSRC funded iSMART project (Infrastructure slopes Sustainable Management And Resilience Assessment): http://www.ismartproject.org/
This involves modelling of the effects of meteorological parameters on pore water pressures in infrastructure slopes and how this in turn affects their stability. This is primarily undertaken with the hydrological code SHETRAN and the geomechanics modelling code FLAC (with the two phase flow add on to allow the modelling of partially saturated flow behaviour).
In the past I worked as a research assistant on the BIONICS project (Biological and engineering impacts of climate on slopes) and was seconded into a consultancy firm where I undertook validation of their finite element software for use in slope stability analysis.
- Stirling RA, Glendinning S, Hughes PN, Hen-Jones R, Asquith JD, Helm P. Deterioration of geotechnical infrastructure: the influence of asset aging through environmental cycling. In: 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. 2017. In Press.
- Helm P, Stirling RA, Glendinning S. The Implications of Using Estimated Solar Radiation on the Derivation of Potential Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture Deficit within an Embankment. In: 3rd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics. 2016, Guimaraes, Portugal: Elsevier.
- Glendinning S, Hughes P, Helm PR, Chambers J, Mendes J, Gunn D, Wilkinson P, Uhlemann S. Construction, management and maintenance of embankments used for road and rail infrastructure: implications of weather induced pore water pressures. Acta Geotechnica 2014, 9(5), 799-816.
- Helm PR, Davie CT, Glendinning S. Numerical modelling of shallow abandoned mine working subsidence affecting transport infrastructure. Engineering Geology 2013, 154, 6-19.
- Helm PR, Davie CT, Glendinning S. Numerical modelling of the stability of shallow mine workings. In: Advances in transportation geotechnics : proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics. 2008, Nottingham, UK: Taylor & Francis: London.
- Elia G, Cotecchia F, Pedone P, Vaunat J, Vardon PJ, Pereira C, Springman SM, Rouainia M, Esch JV, Koda E, Josifovski J, Nocilla A, Askarinejad A, Stirling R, Helm P, Lollino P, Osinski P. Numerical modelling of slope-vegetation-atmosphere interaction: an overview. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 2017, Epub ahead of print.