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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 2019

Rocking of a bell tower - investigation by non-contact video measurement

McCombie, P., 5 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Engineering Structures. 193, p. 271-280 10 p., ENGSTRUCT_2018_1280.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Video recording
Natural frequencies
Religious buildings
1 Citation (Scopus)

Thermal imaging assessment of drystone retaining walls: some case studies

Warren, L. A., Briggs, K. M. & McCombie, P. F., 31 Aug 2016, In : Proceedings of the ICE - Forensic Engineering. 169, 3, p. 111-120 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Retaining walls
Infrared imaging

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
Retaining walls
Infrared imaging

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

Engineering Education

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


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


Non Destructive Testing of Drystone Walls

Author: Warren, L., 6 Jun 2018

Supervisor: McCombie, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Some Developments of Limit Equilibrium Analyses in Geotechnical Engineering

Author: McCombie, P., 1 Dec 2008

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD