An overview of research activities and achievement in geotechnics from the Scottish Universities Geotechnics Network (SUGN)

Leung, A. K. and Anastasopoulos, I. X. and Augarde, C. and Barreto, D. and Brennan, A. J. and Brown, M. J. and Connolly, D. and Coombs, W. M. and Davies, T. and Gao, Z. and Ivanovic, A. and Kenny, M. J. and Knappett, J. A. and Lombardi, D. and McDougall, J. and Medero, G. M. and Wood, D. M. and El Mountassir, G. and Osman, A. S. and Pytharouli, S. and Sentenac, P. and Stewart, B. and Switzer, C. and Tarantino, A. and Wheeler, S. J. and Woodward, P. K. and Zielinski, M. (2015) An overview of research activities and achievement in geotechnics from the Scottish Universities Geotechnics Network (SUGN). In: Parameter Selection and Monitoring; Developments in Education and Practice. ICE Publishing, pp. 4289-4294. ISBN 9780727760678

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Abstract

Design of geotechnical systems is often challenging as it requires the understanding of complex soil behaviour and its influence on field-scale performance of geo-structures. To advance the scientific knowledge and the technological development in geotechnical engineering, a Scottish academic community, named Scottish Universities Geotechnics Network (SUGN), was established in 2001, composing of eight higher education institutions. The network gathers geotechnics researchers, including experimentalists as well as centrifuge, constitutive, and numerical modellers, to generate multiple synergies for building larger collaboration and wider research dissemination in and beyond Scotland. The paper will highlight the research excellence and leading work undertaken in SUGN emphasising some of the contribution to the geotechnical research community and some of the significant research outcomes.