Eoin Hughes

School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering
David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd., BT9 5AG
Room LG.305
Tel (+44) (0) 28 9097 4751



MEng in Civil Engineering, Queens’ University Belfast

PhD Title 

Assessing the condition of infrastructure slopes using geophysical methods with respect to climate change. 


Dr Shane Donohue, Dr David Hughes

PhD Description

My project started in October 2013 and will focus on the impact of climate and environment change on soil properties and slope stability; using geophysical techniques. It is highly important to future safety and financial viability of transport infrastructure in particular that a method of assessing slope stability can be adopted that covers a much larger area than what is possible at the moment. Adaptation to forecasted changes in climate conditions is now key and this requires upgrading the knowledge base and slope instability modelling capability (Dijkstra, T.A. & Dixon, N.,2010).

By adopting the use of Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) to slope stability analysis, it is envisaged that the desired outcome of larger area slope property characterisation can take place. The other main advantage of this method being that it is a non-invasive technique which can show in situ properties of the subsurface materials.