Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

 Briggs K cms 

Contact details

Room: 4ES 3.12
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386269

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Geotechnical engineering aspects infrastructure
  • Climate and vegetation influence on groundwater
  • Water and heat flow in unsaturated soils
  • Slope stability and landslides
  • Geotechnical case studies

Dr Kevin Briggs

BEng EngD


Kevin Briggs is a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering and RAEng Industrial Fellow in ‘Railway Infrastructure Resilience’ (2017/18).

His research examines soil-atmosphere water transfer and water flow through natural soils and engineered fills, both in the laboratory and in the field. This is being used to assess the impact of a changing climate on the ageing and degradation of infrastructure earthworks supporting the railway and highway networks.

Kevin graduated with a First Class BEng degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath in 2006. After working as a consulting engineer he undertook an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) at the University of Southampton, sponsored by Mott MacDonald.

Kevin was awarded the EPSRC Doctoral Prize in 2011 and became a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton before joining the University of Bath in 2012.


Kevin’s postgraduate and postdoctoral research involved the instrumentation, monitoring and modelling of railway embankments in the south-east of England.

This was used to examine the influence of seasonal weather changes, extreme weather events and the influence of trees on the seasonal deformation and ultimate stability of railway earthworks.


  • Foundation Design (2nd year)
  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (Final year)
  • Civil Engineering Design Project (Final year)


Book Sections

Briggs, K., Smethurst, J. and Powrie, W., 2014. Modelling the influence of tree removal on embankment slope hydrology. In: Sassa, K., Canuti, P. and Yin, Y., eds. Landslide Science for a Safer Geoenvironment. Springer, pp. 241-246.

Briggs, K., 2010. Charing embankment: climate change impacts on embankment hydrology. In: Ground Engineering Magazine. , pp. 28-31.


Briggs, K. M., Loveridge, F. A. and Glendinning, S., 2017. Failures in transport infrastructure embankments. Engineering Geology, 219, pp. 107-117.

Briggs, K., Smethurst, J., Powrie, W. and O'Brien, T., 2016. Interpreting the influence of tree root water uptake on the long term hydrology of a clay fill railway embankment. Transportation Geotechnics, 9, pp. 31-48.

Warren, L. A., Briggs, K. M. and McCombie, P. F., 2016. Thermal imaging assessment of drystone retaining walls:some case studies. Proceedings of the ICE - Forensic Engineering, 169 (3), pp. 111-120.

Smethurst, J., Briggs, K., Powrie, W., Ridley, A. and Butcher, D., 2015. Mechanical and hydrological impacts of tree removal on a clay fill railway embankment. Geotechnique, 65 (11), pp. 869-882.

Briggs, K. M., Smethurst, J. A., Powrie, W., O'Brien, A. S. and Butcher, D. J. E., 2013. Managing the extent of tree removal from railway earthwork slopes. Ecological Engineering, 61 (C), pp. 690-696.

Briggs, K. M., Smethurst, J. A., Powrie, W. and O'Brien, A. S., 2013. Wet winter pore pressures in railway embankments. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical engineering, 166 (5), pp. 451-465.

Loveridge, F., Spink, T., O'Brien, T., Briggs, K. and Butcher, D., 2010. The impact of climate and climate change on infrastructure slopes with particular reference to southern England. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43 (4), pp. 461-472.

Conference or Workshop Items

Warren, L., Briggs, K. and McCombie, P., 2015. Advances in the assessment of drystone retaining walls - some case studies. In: XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2015-09-13 - 2015-09-17. London, U. K.: ICE Publishing, pp. 3583-3588.

Muddle, D., Briggs, K., Dashwood, C. and Dijkstra, T., 2015. The influence of slope geology on landslide occurrence during extreme rainfall. In: XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2015, 2015-09-13 - 2015-09-17, Edinburgh.

Hughes, D., Karim, M. R., Briggs, K., Glendinning, S., Toll, D., Dijkstra, T., Powrie, W. and Dixon, N., 2015. A comparison of numerical modelling techniques to predict the effect of climate on infrastructure slopes. In: Winter, M. G., Smith, D. M., Eldred, P. J. L. and Toll, D. G., eds. 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ECSMGE 2015, 2015-09-13 - 2015-09-17. ICE Publishing, pp. 3663-3668.

Non-academic press

Deering, N., Briggs, K., Bryant, L. and Wenk, J., 2017. We make fake poo in a laboratory – to improve sanitation in Bangladesh. The Conversation

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