Richard Rees

Project: Numerical investigation into the effect of dynamic pore water pressure on slope stability

Supervisors: Professor Shunqi Pan and Dr Michaela Bray

Aberystwyth University, Environmental Earth Science BSc. Hons. Cardiff University, Applied Environmental Geology MSc. (Distinction). Dissertation: Geotechnical Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) of Network Rail Western Route assets (Distinction).

Richard will be based at the Hydro-environmental Research Centre at Cardiff University. Although a precise research topic has not been given, he is expected to be working on predictive modelling of geotechnical instability risk arising from adverse weather events i.e. flooding from fluvial or coastal storm surges. Ideally, these models will be calibrated and validated against real time monitoring telemetry of appropriate sites.

Work Experience
Prior to joining the WISE CDT programme, Richard worked for Network Rail Western Route (Geotechnics) to devise a geotechnical remote condition monitoring strategy, assessing the current and future RCM technologies to be used an risk mitigation measure for earthworks vulnerable to adverse weather events. This also extended to scour, drainage and structural monitoring for the different management disciplines, consequently, Richard was involved in the route national weather resilience strategies. This translated into one tender being developed for the route and submitted to market. After leaving Network Rail, he joined ITM Monitoring, a contractor tasked with installing sensors on Western Route prior to starting the WISE CDT programme.

Research Interests

  • Coastal and fluvial flood risk modelling
  • Geotechnical design – Electro kinetic treatment of earthworks
  • Geotechnical instability within transport and flood defence infrastructure


2017 Summer School Research Presentation