Developing soil databases for geotechnical and geohazard engineering in the Eastern Caribbean

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About the project or challenge area

Engineers are frequently challenged by a lack of geotechnical data for designing and maintaining resilient infrastructure. Extensive soil testing is expensive and old data may be inaccessible – precluding future analysis. This project focuses on the Saint Lucia road network which is in constant need of repair and where loss of utility hinders emergency response and economic activities. The aim is to collate historical soil test data from government laboratory archives and create a road network map with subgrade strength overlain. Relationships between subgrade strength, soils, geology and locations of recurring road maintenance will be explored. Recommendations for targeted data collection and sampling may then be made.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary project that combines GIS, highway engineering and soil mechanics focussed on a data-limited region.

About you

Some prior experience with GIS software and/or basic highway engineering would be an advantage.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Paul Vardanega, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. You can contact him at +44 (0) 117 331 5710 or email .


Your co-supervisor for this project will be Liz Holcombe, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering. You can contact her at +44 (0) 117 331 5612 or email .

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