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Kevin Briggs is a Chartered Engineer and HS2 Ltd/RAEng Senior Research Fellow in Geotechnical Engineering (2020-2025).

His research is being used to assess the ageing and degradation of infrastructure earthworks (embankments & cuttings) supporting the railway and highway networks. This includes field and laboratory investigations into the properties and behaviour of natural soils and engineered fills.

Kevin was awarded a RAEng Industrial Fellowship in ‘Railway Infrastructure Resilience’ (2017/18) and the EPSRC Doctoral Prize in (2011). He is currently Bath PI for the £4.8M EPSRC ACHILLES Programme (2018-2022) led by Newcastle University. ACHILLES will examine how to better monitor and maintain UK infrastructure earthworks, to save money and reduce transport disruptions.

Kevin is the industrial placement tutor and site visit co-ordinator for civil engineering students.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Infrastructure earthworks and retaining structures
Monitoring and assessment of historic structures
Climate and extreme weather impacts on geotechnical structures
Mudstone research 
History of civil engineering
Geotechnical case studies

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 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Visiting Researcher, University of Southampton

Jan 2020Jan 2022

Adviser: Reservoir Research Advisory Group, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

22 Dec 2017Dec 2019

Visiting Researcher, University of Southampton

Oct 2012Oct 2013

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