ECM Faculty Focus
The Faculty is pleased to offer our congratulations to Dr Noel Boylan for being awarded the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Young Author of the Year award for 2008.
Dr Noel Boylan obtained his B.E. (Civil) degree from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland in 2004. He then continued at UCD and carried out research on the shear strength of peat towards a PhD degree. He completed his PhD in 2008, and joined COFS shortly afterwards as a research associate.
Noel is currently working on drum centrifuge modelling of submarine landslides and their impact on pipelines. Research into the evolution of submarine slides and their interaction with offshore infrastructure will aid the development of assessment and mitigation methods for this geohazard.
Aside from this research, he is also looking at the use of piezoball penetrometers to obtain soil, strength and deformation parameters for intermediate soils.
His Major research interests include:
- In situ testing-piezocone, T-bar and ball penetrometers, dielectric cones
- Laboratory testing
- Peat and organic soil behaviour
- Centrifuge modelling
- Soil-structure interaction