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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

External positions

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

22 Dec 2017 → …

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Research Output

Comparing the moisture permeability of limecrete and concrete floor slabs

Phillips, G., Briggs, K., McCaig, I. & Ball, R., 2019, 5th Historic Mortars Conference . Álvarez, J. I., Fernández, J. M., Navarro, Í., Durán, A. & Sirera, R. (eds.). RILEM, p. 1267-1278 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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Confining layer influence on capacity of offshore caisson foundations

Oliveira Mendes, L. & Briggs, K., 2019, Proceedings of the XVII ECSMGE-2019, Geotechnical Engineering foundation of the future .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Evaluating the deterioration of geotechnical infrastructure assets using performance curves

Briggs, K., Dijkstra, T. & Glendinning, S., 20 Mar 2019, (Acceptance date) International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2019. Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Macropore structure and permeability of clay fill samples from a historic clay fill earthwork

Muddle, D. M. & Briggs, K. M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Transportation Geotechnics. 19, p. 96-109 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Characterisation of faecal sludge simulants for drying experiments

Deering, N., Briggs, K., Bryant, L. & Way, C., 9 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
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    The effects of soil macroporosity on the hydrology of infrastructure slopes

    Author: Muddle, D., 21 Mar 2018

    Supervisor: Briggs, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD