Brennan, Andrew


  • United Kingdom

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Andrew Brennan is Senior Lecturer in the Geotechnics Research Group at the University of Dundee. He graduated from University College, Oxford in 1999 with a first-class Honours degree in Engineering Science and obtained his doctorate in 2004 studying vertical drains as a countermeasure for earthquake-induced soil liquefaction. After his PhD, he remained at Cambridge as a Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, working on other novel seismic ground improvement techniques as part of the EU-funded NEMISREF project, before joining University of Dundee in 2005. His research is largely focussed on dynamic soil behaviour in a range of scenarios, investigated predominantly through physical (1g and centrifuge) modelling. He also has experience in earthquake reconnaissance, having been a member of the UK-Indonesia joint mission to the site of the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake. He has also worked extensively on seabed-soil interactions with pipelines and anchors, and is increasingly looking at mooring solutions for offshore renewable energies. He is a member of the EPSRC College. 

Research interests

  • Liquefaction
  • Anchoring solutions for offshore renewable energies
  • Offshore pipeline and cable installation
  • Decommissioning of offshore infrastructure
  • Dynamic soil loading
  • Centrifuge testing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Vertical drains as a countermeasure to earthquake induced soil liquefaction, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 16 Oct 2004

Master of Engineering, Designer waves and the ringing of large volume offshore platforms, University of Oxford

Award Date: 23 Oct 1999


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Offshore Geotechnics
  • Earthquake Engineeing
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Liquefaction
  • Pipelines
  • Decommissioning


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