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Cormac Reale is a Geotechnical Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. Cormac joined the department in 2019, prior to this, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, (2016 -2019) and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Civil Engineering Department at the University College Dublin, Ireland (2015 - 2016).

Cormac has a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from University College Dublin awarded in 2015 and holds a First Class Hons Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Degree from University College Cork, Ireland (2011).


His research predominately focuses on the structural health monitoring and probabilistic assessment of geotechnical infrastructure. His primary research interests lie in understanding and predicting the degradation and subsequent fatigue of aged railway slopes and using this information to determine optimum maintenance and remediation strategies. Within this domain he utilises a mixture of field work, laboratory work and probabilistic analysis to quantify infrastructure resilience and determine areas of critical concern. He is also interested in the design, monitoring and resilience of offshore foundations. 


Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students investigating:


  • Geotechnical risk and reliability
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Maintenance optimisation
  • Risk analysis of geotechnical infrastructure for extreme weather events
  • Stochastic modelling of engineering systems
  • Offshore foundations

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 11 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Conference article

Geotechnical installation design of suction buckets in non-cohesive soils: A reliability-based approach

Remmers, J., Reale, C., Federico Pisano, Raymackers, S. & Kenneth Gavin, 15 Sep 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 188, 13 p., 106242.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Automatic classification of fine-grained soils using CPT measurements and Artificial Neural Networks

Reale, C., Gavin, K., Librić, L. & Jurić-Kaćunić, D., 30 Apr 2018, In : Advanced Engineering Informatics. 36, p. 207-215 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fragility curves for rainfall-induced shallow landslides on transport networks

Martinović, K., Reale, C. & Gavin, K., 1 Jan 2018, In : Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 55, 6, p. 852-861 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Probabilistic examination of the change in eigenfrequencies of an offshore wind turbine under progressive scour incorporating soil spatial variability

Prendergast, L. J., Reale, C. & Gavin, K., 1 Jan 2018, In : Marine Structures. 57, p. 87-104 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Rainfall thresholds as a landslide indicator for engineered slopes on the Irish Rail network

Martinović, K., Gavin, K., Reale, C. & Mangan, C., 1 Apr 2018, In : Geomorphology. 306, p. 40-50 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle