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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
+64 3 364 2987 ext. 92258
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E443
In the area of geotechnical earthquake engineering my research focuses on the development of more robust and resilient infrastructure, the development of mechanism-based guidance for design, and the interpretation of field data of infrastructure performance.Specific projects include the development of design guidance for pile foundations in laterally spreading soils and research concerning the seismic and whole-life performance of large earth dams and embankments.In the area of micro-mechanics of soils, my research focuses on experimental and data processing techniques for the study of soil behaviour at the grain and sub-grain scales. This work is motivated by the idea that microstructural and micro-mechanical data have the potential to clarify the underlying physics of geo-phenomena, to relate previously unrelated mechanisms, and to provide much needed micro-mechanical insights into macro-scale soil behaviour.