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Dr Michael Williamson

Dr Michael Williamson

Research Associate

Cambridge University Engineering Department
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 748588


Michael read engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge and graduated with an MEng in 2007. After graduating, Michael worked in London for Arup Geotechnics and Tunnelling spending his time working on a variety of large scale construction projects in London and the Middle East. A significant proportion of this work focussed on ground movements caused by tunnelling and deep excavations on nearby structures and infrastructure. Under the sponsorship of the EPSRC and Arup Tunnelling, Michael returned to Pembroke in October 2009 to begin a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Robert Mair.

Departments and Institutes

Department of Engineering:

Research Interests

Michael’s current research is focussed on the response of piles to tunnelling induced movements. In particular, Michael is looking at the effects of tunnelling beneath bored piles in both sand and clay using centrifuge modelling techniques.

Centrifuge data will subsequently be compared with field data from both the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Crossrail projects.


Supervising IA Mathematics

3D1/3D2 Geotechnical Engineering