Our research addresses the global need for delivering long-term, sustainable performance of existing and new infrastructure systems. We are leaders in modelling and managing the impacts of natural and human hazards, such as earthquakes, human-structure interaction and soil-foundation-structure interaction.

Earthquake engineering

The focus of earthquake engineering is on the design and construction of civil and building engineering systems to be able to withstand a seismic event. The group are developing and using state-of-the-art techniques in computing, materials science, laboratory testing and field monitoring to create solutions to these challenges.


Geotechnics is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the behaviour of soils and uses principles of soil and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials, determine their properties, evaluate stability, assess risks, design earthworks and structure foundations, and monitor site conditions.


The infrastructure that allows our society to operate does not always perform as expected and the group is working on problems such as structural vulnerability, life extension, wind loading and nonlinear dynamic performance of flexible structures, human-structure interaction and whole systems analysis of network infrastructure.


Inadequate infrastructure costs the nation £2M a day and extreme events can cost hundreds of millions more. Bristol is part of a new national infrastructure research community, the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities - UKCRIC. We are engaging with government, city and commercial policy makers, investors, citizens and academia in a joint venture to support a step-change in the nation's approach to infrastructure investment.

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