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Dr Michael Brown is currently a Reader in the Geotechnics Research Group at the University of Dundee. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1995 with a first-class Honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, and obtained his doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2004 for work on the rapid load testing (RLT) of piles in fine grained soils (Statnamic). He worked at the University of Sheffield as a research associate, firstly in the Geotechnical Engineering Research Group and then as consortium manager of the SUBR:IM project in the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group. Prior to this he spent 5 years in industry working for specialist geotechnical contractors and consultants. He is the recent past editor of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Proceedings: Geotechnical Engineering. He is currently a member of ISSMGE Technical Committee TC212 on Deep Foundations, chair of CEN/TC 341/WG 7: Non-static tests on piles, an executive member of the SUT Offshore Site Investigation Group (OSIG) and a member of the EPSRC Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Research Alignment Group (RAG). He is a founding member of the Scottish Marine and Renewables Test centre (SMART) at the University of Dundee. He currently sits on the editorial panels of Geotechnique and JGS Soils and Foundations journal.

Professional Biography

  • BSc (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering (1st Class), University of Bradford, 1995
  • PhD, University of Sheffield, 2004


Rapid load Pile testing (Statnamic)

Rate Effects in fine grained soils

Offshore Geotechnics

Pipeline and cable ploughing and installation

Debris Flows and Landslides

Anchoring and foundations for marine energy generators

Alternative and silent foundation systems for offshore wind


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Bradford


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

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Research Output 2001 2020

33 Downloads (Pure)

Implications of volume loss on the seismic response of tunnels in coarse-grained soils

Kampas, G., Knappett, J., Brown, M., Anastasopoulos, I., Nikitas, N. & Fuentes, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 95, p. 1-14 14 p., 103127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Seismic response
seismic response
1 Citation (Scopus)
37 Downloads (Pure)

On Lagrangian mechanics and the implicit material point method for large deformation elasto-plasticity

Coombs, W. M., Augarde, C., Brown, M., Brennan, A., Charlton, T., Knappett, J., Motlagh, Y. & Wang, L., 1 Jan 2020, In : Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 358, p. 1-32 32 p., 112622.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
plastic properties

Centrifuge investigations of normal and reverse fault interaction with jack-up rig spudcan foundations

Oakes, K., Brown, M., Knappett, J. & Anastasopoulos, I., 12 Sep 2019. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

reverse fault
normal fault
site investigation
110 Downloads (Pure)

Centrifuge testing to verify scaling of offshore pipeline ploughs

Robinson, S., Brown, M., Matsui, H., Brennan, A., Augarde, C. E., Coombs, W. M. & Cortis, M., 14 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. 19, 6, p. 305-317 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Offshore pipelines
53 Downloads (Pure)

Design of plate and screw anchors in dense sand: failure mechanism, capacity and deformation

Cerfontaine, B., Knappett, J., Brown, M. & Bradsaw, A. S., 25 Jun 2019, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019). Tarantino, A. & Ibraim, E. (eds.). 2019 ed. EDP Sciences, Vol. 92. p. 1-6 6 p. 16010. (E3S Web of Conferences; vol. 92).

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

Open Access
failure mechanism
Stress concentration


Best paper award

Marianna Loli (Recipient), Jonathan Knappett (Recipient), Michael Brown (Recipient) & Ioannis Anastasopoulos (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Winner ICPE Best presentation award

Michael Brown (Recipient), Sep 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2007 2020

Keynote lecturer ETH Zurich WS2020, Ascona, Switzerland

Michael Brown (Speaker)
12 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote

IIT Bhubaneswar

Michael Brown (Visiting lecturer), Jonathan Knappett (Visiting lecturer), Shantanu Patra (Visiting researcher), Sumanta Haldar (Visiting researcher)
1 Mar 20191 Mar 2021

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

PhD External examiner, The University of Surrey, UK

Michael Brown (Examiner)
6 Sep 2019

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Press / Media

How about Screwing Offshore Wind Piles?

Michael Brown


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research


Circular dry cement inclusions: a novel approach to stabilising clay soil

Author: Stuart, K. M., 2011

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor) & Brown, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science


Investigating the performance of continuous helical displacement piles

Author: Jeffrey, J., 2012

Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Rate Effect Behaviour of Different Clays from High Speed Triaxial Element Testing

Author: Robinson, S., 2019

Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Rate Effects in Fine Grained Soils

Author: Quinn, T., 2013

Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Screw piles as offshore foundations : Numerical and physical modelling

Author: Al-Baghdadi, T., 2018

Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Knappett, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy