Interested in supervising students studying:
- Geotechnical engineering investigation and design
- Design optimisation in civil engineering and building
- Drystone structures
- Reinforced soil design and construction
Dr Paul McCombie
BA, MSc, PhD, DIC, CEng, FICE, FRSA
Paul McCombie is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, and Deputy Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. As well as geotechnical engineering, he has taught geology, surveying and interdisciplinary design at Bath since 1990.
Paul McCombie graduated with a class 2.2 BA in Engineering from Cambridge University in 1981. After three years working for Brian Colquhoun and Partners (BCP), mostly on the design of geotechnical aspects of major road schemes, he read for a MSc in Soil Mechanics at Imperial College. After a further spell at BCP, he joined Netlon Limited (now Tensar International) working on the development of reinforced soil.
At the start of 1990, Paul was appointed as a lecturer at Bath by Ted Happold and Michael Brawne, and took over all of the geotechnical engineering teaching. Paul was Director of Studies for the civil engineering programmes from 1995 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2005, and worked closely with Professor Mike Barnes to take the courses through an important period of transition to national eminence. Paul served as Head of Civil Engineering from 2007 to 2010, and has been Deputy Head of Department since 2009.
Paul has been a champion for Building Engineering Physics, a discipline which unites architecture and engineering, and has worked closely with Visiting Professor Doug King and the Royal Academy of Engineering at a national level.
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).
- Surveying and geology field course
- Third year joint design project
- Geotechnical engineering
- Advanced geotechnical engineering
McCombie, P., Morel, J.-C. and Garnier, D., 2015. Drystone Retaining Walls - Design, Construction and Assessment.Vol. 1. CRC press Taylor and Francis.
Mccombie, P., 1999. A discussion of approaches to programming slope stability analysis. In: Kumar, B. and Topping, B. V. H., eds. Computing Developments in Civil and Structural Engineering. Civil-Comp Press, pp. 177-184.
Mccombie, P. and Penman, J., 1999. The Production of interactive engineering design software using Borland Delphi. In: Kumar, B. and Topping, B. H. V., eds. Computing Developments in Civil and Structural Engineering. Edinburgh, U. K.: Civil-Comp Press, pp. 1-7.
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.
McCombie, P. and Dobie, M., 2015. Reinforced Soil Design using a two-part Wedge Mechanism: Justification and Evidence. GeoResources Journal, 2015 (4), pp. 17-22.
Sullivan, P. and McCombie, P., 2013. Optimisation of tidal power arrays using a genetic algorithm. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy, 166 (1), pp. 19-28.
McCombie, P. F., Mundell, C., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2012. Drystone retaining walls: ductile engineering structures with tensile strength. Engineering Structures, 45, JEST4017.
Le, H. H., Morel, J. C., Garnier, D. and McCombie, P., 2011. Charts for the conservation of vernacular drystone retaining walls. WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, 118, pp. 463-472.
Mundell, C., McCombie, P. F., Heath, A., Harkness, J. and Walker, P., 2010. Behaviour of drystone retaining structures. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Structures and Buildings, 163 (1), pp. 3-12.
Mundell, C., McCombie, P. F., Bailey, C., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2009. Limit-equilibrium assessment of drystone retaining structures. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical engineering, 162 (4), pp. 203-212.
McCombie, P. F., 2009. Displacement based multiple wedge slope stability analysis. Computers and Geotechnics, 36 (1-2), pp. 332-341.
Walker, P., McCombie, P. and Claxton, M., 2007. Plane strain numerical model for drystone retaining walls. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical engineering, 160 (2), pp. 97-103.
Zolfaghari, A. R., Heath, A. C. and McCombie, P. F., 2005. Simple genetic algorithm search for critical non-circular failure surface in slope stability analysis. Computers and Geotechnics, 32 (3), pp. 139-152.
Claxton, M., Hart, R. A., McCombie, P. F. and Walker, P., 2005. Rigid block distinct element modeling of dry-stone retaining walls in plane-strain. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 131 (3), pp. 381-389.
McCombie, P. and Wilkinson, P., 2002. The use of the simple genetic algorithm in finding the critical factor of safety in slope stability analysis. Computers and Geotechnics, 29 (8), pp. 699-714.
McCombie, P. F. and Penman, J., 2001. The production of interactive engineering design software using Borland Delphi. Advances in Engineering Software, 32 (10-11), pp. 789-796.
Penman, J. and McCombie, P., 1996. The Computerised design of reinforced soil structures. Ground Engineering, 29 (9), pp. 36-37.
McCombie, P., 1995. The prediction of building foundation damage arising from the water demand of trees. Arboricultural Journal, 19 (2), pp. 147-160.
McCombie, P., Cook, D., Rattray, D. and Silverman, B., 1993. The measurement and checking of the accuracy of small strain measurements during testing of model brick walls. Masonry International, 6 (3), pp. 82-87.
McCombie, P., 1993. The relative water demand of broad-leaved trees:a new analysis of the Kew Tree Root Survey. Arboricultural Journal, 17 (4), pp. 359-373.
McCombie, P., Arnold, S. and King, D., 2012. The Case for Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. Royal Academy of Engineering.
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.
McCombie, P. and Dobie, M., 2015. Reinforced soil design using a two-part wedge mechanism:justification and evidence. In: XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2015-09-13 - 2015-09-17.
McCombie, P. and Dobie, M., 2015. Serviceability limit state check in reinforced soil design. In: Winter, M. G., Smith, D. M., Eldred, P. J. L. and Toll, D. G., eds. XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2015-09-13 - 2015-09-17. ICE Publishing, pp. 1415-1420.
Mundell, C., McCombie, P., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2009. Drystone retaining walls: From full-scale testing to construction requirements. In: 11th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies, NOCMAT 2009, 2009-09-06 - 2009-09-09.
McCombie, P., 2009. Critical failure Surface Location using Simple Genetic Algorithm and Multiple Wedge Slope Stability. In: First International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, 2009-04-29 - 2009-05-01.
Mundell, C., Mccombie, P., Heath, A., Harkness, J. and Walker, P., 2008. Large Scale Testing of Drystone Retaining Walls. In: D'Ayala, D. F. and Fodde, E., eds. VI International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historic Construction (SAHC08), 2008-07-02 - 2008-07-04.
Casadei, P., McCombie, P., Galati, N. and Nanni, A., 2006. NDT Monitoring of Bridges using Innovative High Precision Surveying System. In: IABSA Symposium, 2006-09-01.
McCombie, P. F., Zolfaghari, A. R. and Heath, A. C., 2005. The Use of the Simple Genetic Algorithm in the Non-Circular Analysis of Slope Stability. In: 8th International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, 2005-08-30 - 2005-09-02.
Brewin, M., Kerwin, D. and McCombie, P., 2002. Evaluation of planar reconstruction accuracy for two techniques incorporating camera tilt. In: Scientific Proceedings of the XXth International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, 2002-01-01.
Mccombie, P. and Cook, D., 2000. Deformation of masonry in shallow landslips in the Bath area - the use of reinforcement in maintenance and repair. In: 8th International Symposium on Landslides, 2000-06-26 - 2000-06-30.
Cook, D. and McCombie, P., 1999. Superficial Landslipping in the Area of the City of Bath, England, an Approach to Maintenance and Repair. In: 2nd International Conference on Landslides Slope Stability & The Safety of Infra-Structures, 1999-01-01.
McCombie, P. F., 2008. Some Developments of Limit Equilibrium Analyses in Geotechnical Engineering. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.
McCombie, P., 2012. Market Research for Centres of Excellence in Building Engineering Physics. University of Bath.