Research & Enterprise

Current projects:


We have licenced Slope ALARMS and Community Slope SAFE to RST Instruments Ltd who will further develop, manufacture and distribute the sensors world-wide, maximising economic and societal impact.

Public engagement:

Public engagement is an important part of being a Research Fellow. I am building on my existing track record in this area (examples below) as a STEM ambassador.

  • Televised film on Slope ALARMS for BBC One’s Inside Out programme
  • Slope ALARMS and Community Slope SAFE Enterprise Films Loughborough University (e.g.
  • Lectures to School students as part of the Engineering Headstart course
  • Televised film on Slope ALARMS for Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet programme

Collaborations and consultancy:

I work with numerous national and international collaborators from both academia and industry in my research. These include/have included:

  • Alberta Transportation
  • British Geological Survey
  • Canadian National Railway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • CH2M
  • Community Care for Emergency Response and Rehabilitation (CCERR), Myanmar
  • Costain
  • Datalink Electronics Ltd
  • Durham University
  • ETH Zurich
  • fhi360
  • Geotechnical Observations Ltd
  • INGLAS GmbH Impact Sentinel
  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • National Research Council Italy
  • Network Rail
  • Newcastle University
  • OeBB (Austrian Federal Railway)
  • Queen’s University GeoEngineering Group
  • RST Instruments Ltd
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Severn Trent Water
  • SlopeWatch community group (Malaysia)
  • The Public Works Department of Malaysia (JKR – Slope Engineering Branch)
  • Thurber Engineering Ltd
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Southampton
  • University Sains Malaysia
  • WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

PhD students:

My current PhD students are listed below. Please get in touch here if you are interested in pursuing PhD opportunities.

  • Tiago Biller, 2017 – 2020
    • Title: Early detection of seepage-induced internal instability using acoustic emission
    • Primary Supervisor: Dr Alister Smith
    • Secondary Supervisors: Professor Neil Dixon
  • Helen Heather-Smith, 2016 – 2019
    • Title: The propagation of soil-structure generated acoustic emissions in buried infrastructure
    • Primary Supervisor: Dr Alister Smith
    • Secondary Supervisors: Professor Neil Dixon and Dr James Flint