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)


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