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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 doctoral students

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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