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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
+64 3 3694638
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E436
Mark's main research interest is in the cyclic behaviour of New Zealand soils.
Mark obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, following research on the axial load distributions on piled foundations in liquefiable soils using a geotechnical centrifuge.Since joining the department at the University of Canterbury, Mark has been involved in a series of element testing projects on New Zealand soils, including the silty soils around Christchurch and more recently, the pumice-rich deposits of the North Island. As a core part of this work, Mark has been trialling the use of the innovative gel-push samplers developed by Kiso-Jiban consultants in Japan.Mark is currently a co-supervisor of Ross Waters, who is building a true-triaxial device to investigate the potential for hydraulic fracturing in dam core materials.