Ciantia, Matteo


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    DD1 4HN Dundee

    United Kingdom

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Matteo Oryem Ciantia is a Lecturer of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering in the School of Science and Engineering at Dundee University since August 2017. He completed his PhD at the Politecnico di Milano in spring 2013. From Feb 2013 until Sept 2015 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. Before moving to Dundee Matteo spent two years at Imperial College as he was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Imperial College Research Fellowship.

His background is in laboratory testing, strain hardening plasticity framed constitutive modelling, the finite element method (FEM) the discrete element method (DEM).

The current focus of his research is to apply DEM and FEM to boundary value problems relevant to civil engineering by using high performance computing. Since 2017 he is a member of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 105 on Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro and 211 on Ground Improvement. Matteo is also Secretary of the Scottish Universities Geotechnical Group (SUGN) and member of the editorial panel of the Proceedings of the ICE Geotechnical Engineering journal.


CE40007 (Geo-environmental Engineering) 

CE40002 (Geotechnical Design) 

CE50024 (Advanced Soil Mechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering) 



Matteo’s research interest is in theoretical soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and environmental geomechanics, as well as in theory of plasticity. His current projects deal with crushable soils, hydro- and chemo-plasticity of soft rocks, and in general in mechanics of materials composed of chemically reacting solids and liquids. The above subjects involve mathematical modelling and model driven laboratory experiments. In particular to develop coupled constitutive models for soft-rocks and soils innovative approaches to uncouple processes at the laboratory scale are required. In particular Matteo has developed methodologies to uncouple plastic mechanisms induced by hydro-chemo-mechanical weathering processes and crushing/breakage in soils by means of ad-hock experimental tests. Matteo is also active in numerical modelling. He’s expertise are standard Finite Element formulations and the Discrete Element Method. Matteo he has recently started to use the Particle Finite Element Method to model driven piles in geomaterials in collaboration with the Barcelona UPC group. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan


External positions

Junior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

1 Oct 201531 Jul 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

1 Feb 201330 Sep 2015

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Weathering Engineering & Materials Science
calcarenite Earth & Environmental Sciences
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
crushing Earth & Environmental Sciences
discrete element method Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rocks Engineering & Materials Science
weathering Earth & Environmental Sciences
soft rock Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2012 2020

40 Downloads (Pure)

Pile penetration in crushable soils: Insights from micromechanical modelling

Ciantia, M., O’Sullivan, C. & Jardine, R. J., 5 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the XVII ECSMGE-2019 : Geotechnical Engineering foundation of the future . International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

A stable mesh-independent approach for numerical modelling of structured soils at large strains

Monforte, L., Ciantia, M. O., Carbonell, J. M., Arroyo, M. & Gens, A., Dec 2019, In : Computers and Geotechnics. 116, p. 1-13 13 p., 103215.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Constitutive models
Soil cement
Failure modes
Boundary value problems
38 Citations (Scopus)

DEM modelling of cone penetration tests in a double-porosity crushable granular material

Ciantia, M. O., Arroyo, M., Butlanska, J. & Gens, A., 1 Mar 2016, In : Computers and Geotechnics. 73, p. 109-127 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cone penetration test
Granular materials
digital elevation model

A Macroelement Approach for the Stability Assessment of Trees

Dattola, G., Ciantia, M., Galli, A., Blyth, L., Zhang, X., Knappett, J., Castellanza, R., Sala, C. & Leung, A., 1 Jan 2020, Geotechnical Research for Land Protection and Development: Proceedings of CNRIG 2019. Calvetti, F., Cotecchia, F., Galli, A. & Jommi, C. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer , Vol. 40. p. 417-426 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering; vol. 40).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

29 Downloads (Pure)

Breakage and critical state via DEM

Ciantia, M., O’Sullivan, C., Arroyo, M. & Gens, A., 2019, Proceedings of the XVII ECSMGE-2019 : Geotechnical Engineering foundation of the future. International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access


ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture

Matteo Ciantia (Recipient), 2 Sep 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

soil mechanics
geotechnical engineering

Activities 2014 2017

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Participation in conference

ISSMGE Technical Committee TC105 Geo-mechanics (External organisation)

Matteo Ciantia (Chair)
31 Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

ISSMGE Technical Committee TC211 Ground Improvement (External organisation)

Matteo Ciantia (Chair)
31 Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

A micromechanical investigation of the incremental behaviour of crushable granular soils

Matteo Ciantia (Speaker)
11 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Institution of Civil Engineers (External organisation)

Matteo Ciantia (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee