The ACHILLES team
The ACHILLES team has a long history of working together and we know each other very well. We are quite spread out with locations, from north to south, in Newcastle, Durham, Leeds, Keyworth, Loughborough, Bath and Southampton. As a consequence we have developed effective approaches to meeting up through the web, but our regular team meetings are great events, both scientifically and socially.
The photo below shows quite a few of us at our launch even in Loughborough in the summer of 2018.
From top to bottom and from left to right: (back row) Peter Helm, Paul Hughes, Tom Dijkstra, Jimmy Boyd, Kate Dobson, William Powrie, John Preston, Stefano Utili, Harry Postill, Ali Smith. (front row) Chris Kilsby, Ross Stirling, David Gunn, David Toll, Mo Rouainia, Stephanie Glendinning, Darren Wilkinson, Neil Dixon, Jon Chambers, Joel Smethurst
Only a little later, at a meeting in Bristol in the summer of 2019, the team is already considerably larger, but still there is a surplus of blue shirts, it seems. Including the PhD students working on ACHILLES, the team has now more than 30 people involved.
From left to right: Arnaud, Paul, Victoria, Kevin, Sofia, Joel, Stephanie, Ashraf, Pete, Stefano, David, Anthony, Darren, David, Mo, John, Kate, Neil, Letisha, William, Yuze, Richard (photo by Tom..)
Unfortunately, it is harder now to get a photo of the whole team. Fortunately, MS-Teams works wonders and we still manage to meet up frequently, albeit on-line.
The people working on the ACHILLES Programme Grant are listed below, including a rough indication of the research topics they are addressing.
Prof Stephanie Glendinning – ACHILLES PI
Prof Darren Wilkinson – Research Challenge 3 lead
Dr Richard Court – ACHILLES Programme manager
Prof Chris Kilsby – climate change context
Prof Stefano Utili – soil modelling
Dr Peter Helm – asset deterioration modelling
Dr Ross Stirling – soil cracking and lysimeters
Dr Mo Rouainia – development of constitutive model
Dr Lluis Montforte-Vila – development of constitutive model
Dr Alex Svalova – statistical emulator development
Dr Anil Yildiz – soil vegetation interactions
Dr Zelong Yu – BIONICS
Dr Dennis Prangle – statistical modelling
Prof Neil Dixon – Research Challenge 2 lead
Dr Tom Dijkstra – Academic Programme Manager
Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi – constitutive models, asset deterioration modelling
Dr Alister Smith – soil acoustics and deterioration monitoring
Dr Amr Morsy – asset deterioration modelling
University of Southampton
Prof William Powrie – Advisor to PI
Prof John Preston – economic modelling and WLC assessments
Dr Joel Smethurst – engineered asset monitoring and deterioration
Dr Anthony Blake – engineered asset; field-scale testing
Dr John Armstrong – economic modelling and WLC assessments
University of Bath
University of Leeds
Dr Fleur Loveridge – engineered asset management
Dr Wengui Huang – slope stability; uncertainty and heterogeneity
British Geological Survey
Dr Jon Chambers – geophysics and asset condition assessment
Dr David Gunn – geophysics and asset condition assessment
Dr Arnaud Watlet – geophysics and asset condition assessment
Mr Jim Whiteley – geophysics and asset condition assessment