head of school of engineering,
University of Southampton
David Richards is Professor in Ground Engineering and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton. His main technical areas of interest are the geotechnical aspects of ageing infrastructure focussing on the behaviour of electricity transmission tower (shallow) footing systems and the influence of loading rates typically seen in service; the behaviour of rail Overhead Line Equipment foundation systems and application of the ORE design method. He has undertaken numerous large-scale field monitoring studies including propped retaining wall behaviour (pre and post installation) Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Ashford, stabilised based retaining walls, Coventry N-S relief Road and braced deep excavations, Achilles Way car park and the measured performance and analysis of the St Germans pumping station cellular cofferdam, Norfolk. He is a past member of the British Geotechnical Association management committee and the Geotechnique Advisory Panel. In 2001 David was awarded a Gledden Senior Visiting Fellowship by the University of Western Australia, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems. He is a co-recipient of the IMechE Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal and John F Alcock Memorial Prize in 2007 and a recipient of a ICE Telford Premium prize in 2009. He is academic lead for the UKCRIC National Infrastructure Laboratory, Southampton which is currently under construction.