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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

Learning from the past -- zero-carbon comfort in a warm climate

McCombie, P., Natarajan, S. & Patane', E.

1/01/1731/12/19

Project: OtherInternally Funded Research

Large Scale Testing of Dry Stone Retaining Walls

Mundell, C., Heath, A., McCombie, P. & Walker, P.

1/07/0931/07/09

Project: UK charity

Conference Attendance

McCombie, P.

28/05/092/06/09

Project: UK charity

Retaining walls
Flexible structures
Embankments
Canals
Mortar

Research Output 1993 2018

Non Destructive Testing of Drystone Walls

Warren, L., 30 May 2018, 335 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
File
Nondestructive examination
Retaining walls
Infrared imaging
Monitoring
1 Citations

Thermal imaging assessment of drystone retaining walls: some case studies

Warren, L. A., Briggs, K. M. & McCombie, P. F., 16 May 2016, In : Proceedings of the ICE - Forensic Engineering. 169, 3, p. 111-120

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
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

Testing
Engineering Education
Replacement
Engineers
Reader

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
File
Reinforcement
Soils

Thesis

Large Scale Testing of Drystone Retaining Structures

Author: Mundell, C., 1 Aug 2009

Supervisor: McCombie, P. (Supervisor), Walker, P. (Supervisor) & Heath, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

File

Non Destructive Testing of Drystone Walls

Author: Warren, L., 6 Jun 2018

Supervisor: McCombie, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

File

Some Developments of Limit Equilibrium Analyses in Geotechnical Engineering

Author: McCombie, P., 1 Dec 2008

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD