PhD Research Student
Cambridge , Cambs CB3 0EL
Paul started studying engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2005 and graduated in 2009 with an MEng degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. The course provided a grounding in a broad spectrum of engineering subjects, from electronics and control through to structural and geotechnical engineering. Over the course of his studies, he won the Roscoe Prize for Soil Mechanics in his fourth year and the Third Year Prize for Civil and Environmental Engineering.
His Masters Thesis, "An Investigation into the Plugging of Open-Ended Jacked-In Tubular Piles" was completed in collaboration with the Japanese firm, Giken Seisakusho Co. Ltd.. In his role as the Giken Scholar for 2007, he undertook two summer periods completing on-site research work with their research team. The aim of the work was to understand the mechanism behind the plugging of open-ended piles in silty-sandy ground. Preliminary findings of the work was presented at the International Press-In Association Workshop in New Orleans in December 2009.
During his undergraduate studies he had an active role within the Engineering Department, sitting on the Staff Student Joint Committee as well as being President of the Cambridge University Engineering Society.
Paul started his PhD research in October 2009 under the supervision of Prof. M. D. Bolton on the topic of water-injected jacked-in piles, maintaining his links with Giken. Over the past two years he has re-instigated regular lab meetings and has been a driving force in fixing or improving lab systems - notably the 2D Actuator.
Departments and Institutes
- Department of Engineering:
- PhD Student
Paul's PhD research to date has focused on using small scale centrifuge modelling to investigate the mechanism and effects of using high pressure water to aid jacked-in pile installation. This has been achieved by completing high-quality centrifuge tests using novel water-injection systems in order to demonstrate the dominant mechanism, with additional sand sampling during excavation. This has produced a high quality data set which he is in the process of analysing.
Overall, Paul's interests are centered around construction processes. This can be for investigating existing practices and enhancing their utilisation or developing novel techniques in response to a new problem.
Academically, in addition to his established focus on jacked piles, Paul has been increasingly attracted to hydraulics and particle mechanics. He presented some of his work at the GM3 Travelling Workshop held at Imperial College, London in 2011
Supervisor for Part IB Structures Paper
Shepley, P., (2009) An Investigation into the Plugging of Open-Ended Jacked-In Tubular Piles . Master's Thesis, Cambridge University Engineering Department