Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering

The shaking table in action

The Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering research group is a team of world leading academics who are studying ways to improve the resilience of infrastructure to extreme events and make infrastructure more adaptable in response to changing circumstances and contexts.

Our aim is to extend scientific knowledge to create innovative engineering solutions for a wide range of civil engineering infrastructures.

Professor George Mylonakis, Head of Group

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Research

Our research focuses on the performance of infrastructure and spans a broad range of scales from the micro-modelling of fibre reinforced soils, through large scale experimental work on the seismic performance of bridges, to field testing of dams and slopes, and at the largest scale, modelling of city-wide resilience in response to effects such as climate change.

Equipment and facilities

Our large portfolio of equipment for field and laboratory testing includes a 6 axis shaking table and a hollow cylinder apparatus for dynamic soil testing, and will soon include a new £12m National Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction (SoFSI) facility. We also have access to all the other computational and testing facilities within the faculty.

Consultancy and testing

Industry access to the world-class expertise of the Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering research group is via the Bristol Earthquake and Engineering Laboratory Ltd (BEELAB), a commercial company wholly owned by the University. Areas of expertise include seismic qualification testing, field testing, materials testing and FE analysis.

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