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Research interests

Paul McCombie’s own research is in the field of geotechnical engineering.  He has developed his own method for slope stability analysis which is based upon the modern concept of displacements and mobilisable strength, and has tied this in with his earlier work on the use of genetic algorithms.  In addition to this work, which has had a global influence, he has played a key role in the BRE CICM team working on drystone retaining walls.  This work has attracted wide interest, and was recognised with the award of the Institution of Civil Engineers John Mitchell Medal in 2010 (with Dr Andrew Heath, Dr Chris Mundell, Claire Bailey and Professor Peter Walker).

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Output 1993 2016

1 Citations
Open Access
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Retaining walls
Infrared imaging
Drilling
Defects

Advances in the assessment of drystone retaining walls - some case studies

Warren, L., Briggs, K. & McCombie, P. 13 Sep 2015 Proceedings of the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development. London, U. K.: Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing), p. 3583-3588 6 p.

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

Open Access
File
Retaining walls
Infrared imaging
Drilling
Defects

Drystone Retaining Walls - Design, Construction and Assessment

McCombie, P., Morel, J-C. & Garnier, D. 25 Sep 2015 1 ed. Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. 169 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Retaining walls
Engineering education
Engineers
Testing

Reinforced soil design using a two-part wedge mechanism: justification and evidence

McCombie, P. & Dobie, M. 13 Sep 2015 p. 1409-1414 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
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Reinforcement
Soils

Reinforced Soil Design using a two-part Wedge Mechanism: Justification and Evidence

McCombie, P. & Dobie, M. 29 Nov 2015 In : GeoResources Journal. 2015, 4, p. 17-22 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reinforcement
Soils