Geotechnical Engineering

The coastal region of Maine is known for Presumpscot Formation clay, a glacial soil deposit that is susceptible to dramatic landslides and that has caused building settlements and challenges to the construction of all types and sizes of structures. The Presumpscot Formation is the focus of two local symposia in 1987 and 2015, and the proceedings for both can be found at the 2015 Symposium website.

Research opportunities are available to study the behavior of soft and stiff clays (such as the Presumpscot Formation); investigation of natural hazards in land, coastal, and near-shore environments; soil structure interaction using full scale installations and/or modeling of scaled systems; onshore and offshore site characterization employing in situ, geophysical, and laboratory methods; thermal behavior of soils related to energy transfer, permafrost vulnerability and cold regions engineering.


Current Projects:

  • “Monitoring and Analysis of Micropile-Supported Integral Abutment Bridges”
    • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Aaron Gallant & Dr. Bill Davids
    • PhD Student: Mahmood Albraheemi
  • “Stability of unsaturated coastal sediments subject to storm surge and extreme events”
    • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Aaron Gallant
    • MS Student: Babak MahMoodi
  • “Assessment of Helical Anchor Capacity for Offshore Aquaculture Applications”
    • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Aaron Gallant & Dr. Melissa Landon
    • MS Student: Leon Cortes Garcia
  • “Lateral loading of unreinforced rigid elements and basal stability of column-supported systems”
    • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Aaron Gallant
    • MS Student: Danilo Botero Lopez

Recent Publications:

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