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Kenneth Gavin

Senior Lecturer

School Of Civil, Structural & Env Eng
Richview Newstead Block B
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7163222
Email: kenneth.gavin@ucd.ie

Biography

Ken Gavin is the principal investigator with the Geotechnical Research Group (GRG), working in the areas of foundation systems and the effects of climate change on critical infrastructure. The research group currently has 5 Post-Doctoral Staff and 10 PhD students in addition to a number of visiting students. They have secured over 4 million euro's in competitive research from sources including the European Commission, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Carbon Trust and others. They work closely with industrial partners including Mainstream Renewable Power, Bauer Maschinen, Irish Rail, Croatian Rail and Slovenian Railways. They were recently appointed (together with the University of Oxford and Imperial College) to develop a new design method for foundations used in the offshore wind sector in a project led by DONG Energy and sponsored by the UK Carbon Trust and a number of offshore wind developers. Ken is the coordinator of the EU FP7 project SMARTRAIL. The project with 15 European Partners aims to provide modern monitoring, assessment and remediation strategies to allow infrastructure managers to maximise the use of resources in protecting rail infrastructure against the effects of climate change.

 

Ken graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Queens University Belfast in 1994, he obtained a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. He worked as a senior geotechnical engineer for Arup Consulting engineers for 3 years before joining UCD as a lecturer in September 2001. He continues to work on challenging international consulting projects and has recently advised on tunneling projects in Ireland and Canada, Offshore pile design in the North Sea and South China Seas and performed jack-up stability assessments and foundation assessment for a number of offshore wind farms.

 

Contact details:

 

Email: kenneth.gavin@ucd.ie

Phone: 00 353 1 716 3222

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Chartered Engineer, Secretary of the Geotechnical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: *
Association: Member of International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Technical Committees on Pile Foundations and Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, Function/Role: *
       

Committees

Committee : First Year Co-Ordinators Committee

Employment

Employer: Ove Arup & Partners
Position: Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Post Graduate Research Assistant

Education

Year 1998 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1994 Institution: Queens University Belfast
Qualification: BEng Subject: Civil Engineering
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Farrell, E.R., Long, M., Gavin, K. Henry, T.; (2006) 'Chapter 4: Geotechnics of Landslides' In: Creighton, R (eds). Landslides in Ireland. Dublin: Geological Survey of Ireland. , pp.23-31 [Details]

Edited Books

NiNuallain, Nora Aine, O'Connor, Alan and Gavin, Kenneth (Ed.). (2006) Proceedings of the 3rd National Bridge and Transportation Infrastructure Symposium. Dublin: [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Reale, C. and Xue, J. and Pan, Z. and Gavin, K. (2015) 'Deterministic and probabilistic multi-modal analysis of slope stability'. Computers and Geotechnics, 66 :172-179. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Prendergast, L.J., Gavin, K., Doherty, P. (2015) 'An investigation into the effect of scour on the natural frequency of an Offshore Wind Turbine'. Ocean Engineering, 101 :1-11. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Paul Doherty, David Igoe, Gerry Murphy, Kenneth Gavin, James Preston, Rory O¿Rourke, B.W. Byrne, R. McAdam, H.J. Burd, G.T. Houlsby, C.M. Martin, L. Zdravković, D.M.G.Taborda, D.M. Potts, R.J. Jardine, M. Sideri, F.C. Schroeder, A. Muir Wood, D. Kallehave and J. Skov Gretlund (2015) 'Field Validation of Fibre Bragg Grating sensors for measuring strain on driven steel piles'. Geotechnique Letters, 5 (July):74-79. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Weichao Li, David Igoe and Kenneth Gavin (2015) 'Field tests to investigate cyclic response of monopile in sand'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Geotechnical Engineering, . [Details]
Prendergast, L.J., Gavin, K. (2014) 'A review of bridge scour monitoring techniques'. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 6 (2):138-149. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Gavin, K, Tolooiyan, A and Doherty, P. (2014) 'Field investigation of the axial resistance of helical piles in dense sand'. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51 (11):1343-1354. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Li, W, Igoe, D and Gavin, K (2014) 'Evaluation of CPT-based P-y models for laterally loaded piles in siliceous sand'. Geotechnique Letters, 6 (2):110-117. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gavin, K., Cadogan, D., Tolooiyan, A. and Casey, P.; (2013) 'The Base Resistance of non-displacement piles in Sand. Part 1: Field Tests'. Ice Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 166 (6):540-548. [Details]
David Igoe, Kenneth Gavin and Brendan O'Kelly (2013) 'An investigation into the use of push-in pile foundations by the offshore wind sector'. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 70 (5):777-791. [DOI] [Details]
Prendergast, L.J., Hester, D., Gavin, K., O'Sullivan, J.J. (2013) 'An investigation of the changes in the natural frequency of a pile affected by scour'. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 332 (25):6685-6702. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Doherty,P and Gavin, K. (2013) 'Pile ageing in Cohesive Soils'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineerin, 139 (9):1620-1624. [Details]
Gavin, K. G., Igoe, D.I., Kirwan, L., (2013) 'The effect of ageing on the axial capacity of piles in sand'. Ice Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 166 (GE2):122-130. [Details]
Tolooiyan, A. and Gavin, K.; (2013) 'The base resistance of non-displacement piles in sand. Part 2: finite element analysis'. Ice Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 166 (6):549-560. [Details]
Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin; (2012) 'A review of current monopile design practice for offshore wind turbines'. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, 165 (EN1):7-17. [Details]
Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin (2012) 'Axial cyclic and rapid load tests on displacement piles in soft clay'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 138 (8):1022-1026. [Details]
Gavin, K,Tolooiyan, A (2012) 'An investigation of correlation factors linking footing resistance on sand with cone penetration test results'. Computers and Geotechnics, 46 :84-92. [DOI] [Details]
David Igoe and Kenneth Gavin; (2011) 'The Shaft Capacity of Pipe Piles in Sand'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Doherty, P & Gavin, K (2011) 'The Shaft Capacity of Open-Ended Piles in Clay'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 137 (11):1090-1102. Link to full text [Details]
Doherty, P & Gavin, K (2011) 'The Shaft capacity of displacement piles in clay - A state of the art review'. International Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 29 (4):389-410. Link to full text [Details]
Tolooiyan, A,Gavin, K; (2011) 'Modelling the Cone Penetration Test in sand using Cavity Expansion and Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Finite Element Methods'. Computers and Geotechnics, 38 :482-490. [DOI] [Details]
Kenneth Gavin; (2011) 'Case study of an project based learning course in civil engineering design'. European Journal of Engineering Education, 36 (6). Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gavin, K, Igoe, D & Doherty, P; (2011) 'Piles for offshore wind turbines: A state of the art review'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering, Volume 164 (4):245-256. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Doherty, Paul; Gavin, Kenneth (2011) 'The Shaft Capacity of Displacement Piles in Clay: A State of the Art Review'. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 29 (4):389-410. [DOI] [Details]
Donohue, S,Gavin, K,Tolooiyan, A; (2011) 'Geophysical and geotechnical assessment of a railway embankment failure'. Near Surface Geophysics, 9 :33-44. [DOI] [Details]
Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin; (2011) 'The shaft capacity of open-ended piles in clay'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, . [Details]
Doherty P., Gavin K. and Gallagher D. ; (2010) 'Field investigation of the base resistance of pipe piles in clay'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Geotechnical Engineering, 163 (1):13-22. Link to full text [Details]
Igoe, D,Doherty, P,Gavin, K; (2010) 'The development and testing of an instrumented open-ended model pile'. Geotechnical Testing Journal, 33 (1):72-82. Link to full text [Details]
Kenneth Gavin, David Gallagher, Paul Doherty and Bryan McCabe; (2010) 'Field investigation of the effect of installation method on the shaft capacity of piles in clay'. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, . [Details]
Kenneth Gavin and Jianfeng Xue; (2010) 'Design charts for the stability analysis of unsaturated soil slopes'. International Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, . [Details]
Kenneth Gavin; (2010) 'Design of the curriculum for a second-cycle course in civil engineering in the context of the Bologna framework'. European Journal of Engineering Education, . [Details]
Kenneth Gavin, David Cadogan and Patrick Casey; (2009) 'The Shaft Capacity of CFA piles in Sand'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 135 (6):790-798. [Details]
Kenneth Gavin, Abidemi Adekunte and Brendan O'Kelly; (2009) 'A field investigation of vertical footing response on sand'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Geotechnical Engineering, 162 (5):257-267. [DOI] [Details]
Kenneth Gavin; (2009) 'Development of Design Practice for Piles in Stiff Glacial Till'. Journal of the deep foundations institute, 3 (1):22-31. [Details]
Gavin, K,Xue, J; (2009) 'Use of a genetic algorithm to perform reliability analysis of unsaturated soil slopes'. Geotechnique, 59 :545-549. [DOI] [Details]
J.Xue and K.Gavin; (2008) 'Effect of rainfall intensity on infiltration into partly saturated slopes'. International Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 26 (2):199-209. [DOI] [Details]
Gavin, K,Cadogan, D,Twomey, L; (2008) 'Axial resistance of CFA piles in Dublin Boulder Clay'. P I CIVIL ENG-GEOTEC, 161 :171-180. [DOI] [Details]
Gavin, K., Xue, J. F., ; (2008) 'A simple method to analyze infiltration into unsaturated soil slopes'. Computers and Geotechnics, 35 (2):223-230. [Details]
Gavin, K,Lehane, B; (2007) 'Base load - displacement response of piles in sand'. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 44 :1053-1063. [DOI] [Details]
Xue, JF, Gavin, K, ; (2007) 'Simultaneous determination of critical slip surface and reliability index for slopes'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 133 (7):878-886. [Details]
Gavin, KG, OKelly, BC, ; (2007) 'Effect of friction fatigue on pile capacity in dense sand'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 133 (1):63-71. [Details]
Lehane, BM; Gavin, KG; ; (2004) 'Discussion of Determination of bearing capacity of open-ended piles in sand by Kyuho Paik and Rodrigo Salgado'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - ASCE, 130 (6):656-658. [Details]
Gavin, KG,Lehane, BM; (2003) 'The shaft capacity of pipe piles in sand'. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 40 :36-45. [DOI] [Details]
B.M.Lehane & K.G.Gavin.; (2001) 'Base Resistance of Jacked Pipe Piles in sand'. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 127 (6):473-480. [Details]

Other Journals

Doherty P., Casey B. and Gavin K. ; (2010) 'Laying foundations for sustainable energy Geotech challenges facing the offshore wind sector' The Engineers Journal 64 (6) :262-266. [Details]
Gavin, K,Gallagher, D.; (2005) 'Development of Shaft Friction on Driven Piles in Sand and Clay'' Trans Engineers Ireland . [Details]
K Gavin and B Lehane; (2000) 'Research on the axial capacity of pipe piles in sand' Proccedings of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland 124 :34-47. [Details]

Conference Publications

Murphy,G, Doherty, P, Gavin, K. Cadogan, D and Ward, D (2014) Characterisation of two dense sand sites using in-situ tests 3rd International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing [Details]
Prendergast, L.P, Gavin, K.G. and Igoe, D (2014) Dynamic Soil-Structure interaction modeling using stiffness derived from in-situ cone Penetration testing 3rd International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing [Details]
Doherty, P, Murphy, G. Igoe, D, Gavin, K and Donohue, J. (2014) Determination of a dynamic Young's modulus from in-situ tests 3rd International Symposium on Cone penetration Testing [Details]
Prendergast, L and Gavin, K. (2014) Monitoring of scour critical bridges using changes in the natural frequency of vibration of foundation piles - A field investigation Transport Research Arena 2014 [Details]
Igoe, D., Kirwan, L., & Gavin, K. G (2014) Ageing effects and CPT based design methods for driven piles in sands 3rd International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing [Details]
Gavin, K. Reale, C and Xue, J. (2014) Geotechnical challenges for the European TEN-T network 3rd International Conference of Road and Rail Infrastructure [Details]
Stipanovic, I, Tan, X. and Gavin, K (2014) European existing railtracks: Overview of typical problems and challenges 3rd International Conference of Road and Rail Infrastructure , pp.341-348 [Details]
Li, W. Gavin, K, Igoe, D and Doherty, P. (2014) Review of design models for lateral cyclic loading of monopiles in sand International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering [Details]
Prendergast, L and Gavin, K.G. (2014) Bridge scour monitoring using accelerometers placed on bridge piers - A numerical investigation 3rd International Conference of Road and Rail Infrastructure [Details]
P. Doherty, L.Kirwan, K.Gavin, D.Igoe, S.Tyrrell , D.Ward and Brendan O¿Kelly (2012) Soil Properties at the UCD Geotechnical Research Site at Blessington National Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland , pp.451-456 [Details]
G. Murphy, D.Cadogan, P. Doherty and K. Gavin (2012) Experimental investigation of novel foundation solutions for Wind Turbines National Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland , pp.457-462 [Details]
T. Byrne, P. Doherty and K.Gavin (2012) Applying static capacity approaches to pile driveability analysis for dense sands National Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland , pp.451-456 [Details]
L. Prendergast, K.G. Gavin, J.O'Sullivan, (2012) Non-intrusive bridge scour analysis using a laboratory test apparatus Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland Conference , pp.199-204 [Details]
C.Reale, K.Gavin. A.O'Connor (2012) A laboratory experiment to measure soil matrix suction and examine the effect of infiltration Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland Conference , pp.253-258 [Details]
Kenneth Gavin, Irina Stipanovic Oslakovic, Marko Vajdic, Goran Puz and Velimir Sporcic (2012) Smart Maintenance and Analysis of Railway Transport Infrastructure CETRA 2012 [Details]
Igoe, D., Kirwan, L., & Gavin, K. G (2012) Investigation into the factors affecting the shaft resistance of driven piles in sands International Conference on Installation Effects in Geotechnical Engineering [Details]
P. Doherty, K. Gavin and D. Igoe, (2012) Dynamic analysis of pile driving in dense sand National Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland , pp.505-510 [Details]
K. Gavin, P. Doherty and D. Murphy, (2012) The use of helical piles in glacial soils National Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland [Details]
L. Kirwan, K. Gavin and D. Igoe, (2012) Development of an instrumented pile to investigate pile ageing National Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland [Details]
Kenneth Gavin (2012) Use of project based learning to teach geotechnical design skills to civil engineering students Shaking the Foundations of Geotechnical Engineering , 05-JUL-12 - 07-JUL-12 [Details]
Kenneth Gavin (2012) The use of case histories to encourage reflection by civil engineering design students . In: Bryan McCabe and Marina Pantazidou eds. Shaking the Foundations of Geotechnical Engineering Galway, , 05-JUL-12 - 07-JUL-12 [Details]
Gavin, K., O'Connor, A.J., OBrien, E.J., Tucker, M. (2012) Sustainable Maintenance and Analysis of Rail Transport Infrastructure (SMART rail) . In: A.J. O'Connor, C.C. Caprani eds. Bridge & Concrete Research in Ireland , pp.529-533 [Details]
OBrien, E.J., Taheri, A., Gavin, K. (2012) Influence of Subgrade Subsidence on Train Track Dynamic Interaction CIVIL-COMP Gran Canaria, Spain, [DOI] [Details]
David Igoe, Ken Gavin, Brendan O'Kelly and Brian Byrne (2012) The use of in-situ site investigation techniques for the axial design of offshore piles International Conference on Site Characterisation [Details]
Tiernan Byrne, Paul Doherty, Ken Gavin and Robert Overy (2012) Pile driving measurements from offshore platforms Society of Underwater Technology [Details]
Shane Donohue, Kenneth Gavin and Ali Tolooiyan (2012) Railway earthwork stability assessment using geophysics International Conference on Site Characterisation [Details]
Doherty P., Gavin K. and Casey B.; (2011) The geotechnical challenges facing the offshore wind sector Geofrontiers Dallas, Texas, USA, , 13-MAR-11 - 16-MAR-11 Link to full text [Details]
Kenneth Gavin, Paul Doherty, Lloyd Twomey and Jaime Bevin; (2011) Installation and static load resistance of pipe piles in glacial till 15th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Athens, Greece, , 12-SEP-11 - 15-SEP-11 [Details]
Paul Doherty, Kenneth Gavin and Bernard Casey; (2011) A parametric study on pile drivability for large diameter offshore monopiles 15th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Athens, Greece, , 12-SEP-11 - 15-SEP-11 [Details]
Paul Doherty, Kenneth Gavin, Li Weichao (2011) The impact of soil autocorrelation on pile load displacement behaviour 2011 Pan-Am CGS Geotechnical Conference Toronto, Canada, , 02-OCT-11 - 06-OCT-11 Link to full text [Details]
Doherty, P & Gavin, K; (2011) Aged reloading of piles in clay Deep Foundations Institute 36th Annual Conference 2011 Boston, , 18-OCT-11 - 21-OCT-11 [Details]
Gavin, K & Doherty, P; (2011) The importance of measuring small strain stiffness in site investigations for wind farm foundations Geophysical Association of Ireland, Seminar on Engineering Geophysics Dublin, , pp.46-49 [Details]
D. Cadogan, K. Gavin and A. Tolooiyan; (2010) Physical Model Testing and FE Analyses of the Base Resistance of Bored Piles in Sand . In: Springman, Laue and Seward eds. International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering Zurich, Switzerland, , 27-JUN-10 - 30-JUN-10 , pp.739-744 [Details]
Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin; (2010) A comparative investigation of the installation stresses on closed and open-ended model piles in soft clay . In: Springman, Laue and Seward eds. International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering Zurich, , 27-JUN-10 - 30-JUN-10 , pp.751-756 [Details]
Ali Tolooiyan, Kenneth Gavin and David Cadogan; (2010) Finite element analysis of the Cone Penetration Test for the design of bored piles . In: Paul Mayne eds. 2nd International Symposium on Cone Pentration Tetstin (CPT10) [Details]
Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin; (2010) A statistical review of CPT data and the implications for pile design . In: Paul Mayne eds. 2nd International Symposium on Cone Pentration Tetstin (CPT10) California, , 10-MAY-10 - 13-OCT-10 [Details]
David Igoe, Kenneth Gavin and Brendan O'Kelly; (2010) Field tests using an instrumented model pipe pile in sand . In: Springman, Laue and Seward eds. International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering Zurich, , 27-JUN-10 - 30-JUN-10 , pp.775-780 [Details]
Pedro de Alba, Kenneth Gavin, Monica Prezzi and Theodoros Triantafyllidis; (2010) Dynamic Properties of Soil: Laboratory and Field Methods, Large Scale Testing, General Report on Session 1 . In: Shamsher Prakash eds. 5th International Conference in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics [Details]
Doherty P. and Gavin K.; (2010) The installation resistance of open-ended piles . In: S. Springman eds. Proc. of the International Conference on Physical Modelling Zurich, Switzerland, , 27-JUN-10 - 30-JUN-10 , pp.751-756 [Details]
Gavin K., Doherty P., Bevin J. and Twomey L.; (2010) Use of non-linear load-settlement model for predicting pile behaviour Proc. of the Bridge and Infrastructure Research Conference Cork, Ireland, [Details]
Doherty P., Igoe D. and Gavin K. ; (2010) Instrumented static pile load testing Field procedures, data interpretation and recent developments Proc. of the Bridge, Concrete and Infrastructure Conference Cork, Ireland, [Details]
Doherty P. and Gavin K.; (2009) Experimental investigation of the effect of shearing rate on the capacity of piles in soft silt . In: Iskander M., Laefer D., and Hussein M eds. In, A.S.C.E. Contemporary Topics in Deep Foundations G.S.P. 185, Proc. of the International Foundation Congress and Equipment Expo Orlando, Florida, USA, , 15-MAR-09 - 19-MAR-09 , pp.575-582 [Details]
Doherty P. and Gavin K.; (2008) Degradation of axial shaft resistance of piles in soft clay due to cyclic loading . In: Prakash, S eds. In Proc. of the 6th International Conference on Case Histories Arlington, Virginia, USA, , 11-AUG-08 - 16-AUG-08 [Details]
Jianfeng Xue and Kenneth Gavin; (2008) Infiltration analysis in unsaturated soil slopes . In: David Toll eds. First European Conference on Unstaurated Soil Durham University, , 02-JUL-08 - 04-JUL-08 , pp.823-827 [Details]
David Igoe, Kenneth Gavin and Brendan O¿Kelly; (2008) Field measurement of the base resistance of a pipe pile in medium dense sand . In: Brown et al eds. 2nd International Conference on Foundation Behaviour Dundee, , 24-JUN-08 - 28-JUN-08 , pp.149-158 [Details]
Bryan Mc Cabe, Kenneth Gavin and MAeve Kenneally; (2008) Installation of a reduced, scale pile group in silt . In: Brown et al eds. 2nd International Conference on foundation behaviour  Dundee, , 24-JUN-08 - 28-JUN-08 , pp.607-616 [Details]
Rodrigo Salgado, Dipanjan Basu, Kenneth Gavin, Sanjeev Kumar, Gloria Alvarez and Syed Ahmad; (2008) Analysis, design, testing and performance of foundations . In: Shamser Prakash eds. 6th International Conference on Case Histories Arlington, Virginia, USA, , 11-JUL-08 - 16-NOV-08 , pp.1-24 [Details]
Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin; (2008) Degradation of axial shaft resistance of piles in soft clay due to cyclic loading . In: Shamsher Prakash eds. 6th International Conference on Case Histories Arlington, Virginia, , 11-JUL-02 - 16-JUL-08 , pp.1-8 [Details]
David Gallagher and Kenneth Gavin; (2007) An investigation of the effect of partial plugging on the shaft capacity of open-ended piles in clay . In: Howard Olsen eds. GeoDenver 2007 Denver, [Details]
Kenneth Gavin, David Gallagher and Bryan McCabe; (2007) Design of Piles in Soft Clay Proceedings of Seminar of Soft Ground Engineering [Details]
Jianfeng Xue and Kenneth Gavin; (2007) Validation and application of reliability analysis of soil slopes using a global optimisation method First International Symposium on Geotechnical Risk and Safety Shanghai, [Details]
Gavin, K, Adekunte, A.; (2006) Physical Modelling of Onshore Wind Turbine Foundation Behaviour . In: Ng,Zhang and Wang eds. International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering Hong Kong, China, [Details]
Gavin, K., Chatta, I. O'Kelly, B.; (2006) Field Measurements of Horizontal Stress on an Instrumented Pile in Sand . In: D.DeGroot eds. GeoCongress, Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Age Atlanta, , 21-FEB-06 - 24-FEB-06 [Details]
Gallagher, D. Gavin, K.; (2006) Experimental Investigation of Local Stress Changes on Closed Ended Pile in Silt During Load Testing International Symposium on Ultimate Limit States of Geotechnical Structures Paris, , 23-AUG-06 - 25-AUG-06 [Details]
Gavin, K., Xue, J.F. Jennings, P.; (2006) Assessment of the effect of pore pressures on the behaviour of railway foundations XIIth Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering Lubjana, [Details]
Cadogan, D. Gavin, K.; (2006) Examination of Scale Effects During Field Tests on Model Bored Piles in Over-Consolidated Sand . In: Ng,Zhang and Wang eds. International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering Hong Kong, [Details]
David Igoe, Kenneth Gavin and Brendan O'Kelly; (2006) The base resistance of an open-ended pile installed in medium dense sand Proceedings of the 3rd National Bridge and Transportation Infrastructure Symposium [Details]
David Cadogan, Kenneth Gavin and Lloyd Twomey; (2006) Axial Capacity of CFA piles 3rd National Bridge and Transportation Infrastructure Symposium [Details]
Jianfeng Xue and Kenneth Gavin; (2006) Infiltration analysis for partly saturated soil slopes 3rd National Bridge and Transportation Infrastructure Symposium [Details]
Paul Doherty, Paul Casey and Kenneth Gavin; (2006) Suitability of Macamore clay as an embankment fill and the role of soil suction in embankment stability 3rd National Bridge and Transportation Infrastructure Symposium [Details]
David Gallagher and Kenneth Gavin; (2006) Investigation of depth effects on shaft friction of piles in Clay 19th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Material [Details]
David Gallagher and Kenneth Gavin; (2006) Experimental Investigation of Open and Closed Ended Piles in Clay 19th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Material [Details]
Abidemi Adekunte, K.Gavin & Bernard Casey; (2005) Comaprison of monitored wind turbine behaviour with design prediction International Conference on Soil-Structure Interaction: Calculation Methods and Engineering Practice Saint Petersburg, , 26-MAY-05 - 28-MAY-05 [Details]
Gavin, K. Lehane, B.; (2005) Estimating the end bearing resistance of pipe piles in sand using the final filling ratio . In: S.Gouvernec and M.Cassidiy eds. Proceedings of International Symposium on Offshore Geotechnics Perth, , 26-SEP-05 - 28-SEP-05 [Details]
Cadogan, D. Gavin, K.; (2005) Field Tests on Model Bored Piles in Over-Consolidated Sand' 2nd International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference Osaka, [Details]
K.Gavin and B.Lehane; (2005) Estimating the end bearing resistance of pipe piles in sand using the final filling ratio International Symposium on Offshore Geotechnics Perth, [Details]
David Gallagher, Kenneth Gavin and Bryan Mc Cabe; (2005) Use of in-situ test methods to model the installation process of closed ended piles in soft clay International Symposium on Pressuremeter Testing Paris, France, [Details]
Gavin, K. O'Kelly, B. Adekunte, A. and Donohue, S.; (2005) The use of the cone penetration test to derive parameters for shallow foundation design International Conference on Soil-Structure Interaction: Calculation Methods and Engineering Practice St. Petersburg, , 26-MAY-05 - 28-MAY-05 , pp.455-460 [Details]
Gavin K., O'Kelly B., Adekunte A., Casey B. and Donohue S.; (2005) Use of the Cone Penetration Test to derive parameters for shallow foundation design International Conference on Soil-Structure Interaction: Calculation Methods and Engineering Practice Saint Petersburg, , 26-MAY-05 - 28-MAY-05 , pp.455-460 [Details]
O'Sullivan and Gavin; (2004) Exploring the micro mechanisms of open ended piles via discrete element modelling SPECIAL PUBLICATION- ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, 2004, VOL 292, pages 193-204 ISSN: 0260-6291 , pp.193-204 [Details]
D.Gallagher, K.Gavin, B.McCabe & B.Lehane; (2004) Experimental investigation of the Response of a Driven Pile in Soft Silt 18th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Material Perth, [Details]
Donohue, S., Long, M, O'Connor, P. and Gavin, K.; (2004) Use of multichannel analysis of surface waves in determining Gmax for soft clay Proc 2nd. Int Conf on Geotechnical Site Characterisation, ISC'2 Porto, , pp.459-466 [Details]
Donohue, S., Long, M., Gavin, K. and O'Connor, P.; (2004) The Use of multichannel analysis of surface waves in determining Gmax for soft clay International Site Characterization 2 (ISC 2) conference Porto, Portugal, , 19-SEP-04 - 22-SEP-04 , pp.459-466 [Details]
Donohue, S., Long, M., Gavin, K. and O'Connor, P.; (2004) The Use of multichannel analysis of surface waves in determining Gmax for soft clay Conference on International Site Characterization 2 (ISC 2) Porto, Portugal, , 19-SEP-04 - 22-SEP-04 , pp.459-466 [Details]
S.Donohue, M.Long, K.Gavin & P.O'Connor; (2004) Shear Wave Stiffness of Irish Glacial Till International Conference of Site Characrterisation Porto, Portugal, , pp.459-466 [Details]
Donohue, S., Gavin, K., Long, M. and O'Connor, P. ; (2003) Gmax from Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves for Dublin Boulder Clay . In: Vanicek et al eds. XIIIth European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 2 Prague, , pp.515-520 [Details]
K.Gavin & BM Lehane; (2003) End Bearing Resistance of Small Diameter Pipe Piles in Dense Sand Proceedings of the International Conference on Foundation Behaviour Dundee, , pp.321-230 [Details]
K.Gavin; (2003) Construction Technologies-Chairman's Report Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Prague, Czech Republic, , pp.375-378 [Details]
K.G.Gavin, C Prieto, and B.M.Lehane; (2003) The development of skin friction on pipe piles in sand Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Prague, Czech Republic, , pp.161-166 [Details]
S. Donohue & K.Gavin; (2003) Determination of the shear stiffness of Dublin boulder clay using geophysical techniques Proceeding of the 13th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Prague, Czech Republic, , pp.515-520 [Details]
Donohue, S., Gavin, K, Long, M. and O'Connor, P.; (2003) Gmax from multichannel analysis of surface waves for Dublin boulder clay . In: Vanicek et al eds. Proc. 13th. ECSMGE Prague, , pp.515-520 [Details]
Long, M., Brangan, C. and Gavin, K.; (2002) Behaviour of cantilever retaining walls 4th. Int. Sym. on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground (IS-Toulouse 2002), Toulouse, France, October Toulouse, France, [Details]
Long, M., Brangan, C and Gavin, K.G; (2002) The behaviour of cantilever retaining walls 3rd Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground Toulouse, France, [Details]
Prieto, C.P, and Gavin, K.G; (2002) Research on the base capacity of pipe piles in sand European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
Long, M., Brangan, C. and Gavin, K.; (2002) Behaviour of cantilever retaining walls Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground Toulouse, France, , 01-OCT-02 , pp.471-476 [Details]
K.Gavin; (2000) The Shaft Capacity of Pipe Piles Proceeding of First International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference southampton, [Details]
K.G. Gavin and B.M. Lehane; (1998) Estimating end bearing capacities of driven piles in sand using In-situ tests Proceedings VII International Conference On Piling and Deep Foundations Vienna, Austria, [Details]
K.G. Gavin and B.M. Lehane; (1997) The Behaviour of open and closed ended piles jacked into loose sand Proceedings of the XIV International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Hamburg, Germany, , pp.1159-1162 [Details]
K.G. Gavin and B.M. Lehane; (1996) The reliability of conventional design methods for driven piles in sand Proceedings VI International Conference On Piling and Deep Foundations Bombay, , pp.51-56 [Details]
   

Editorial

Craig, W,Gavin, K (2013) Untitled. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
           

Invited Seminars

David Cadogan and Kenneth Gavin; (2008) Application of recent research to design of piles in sand and gravel. Institution of Structural Engineers: Invited Seminars [Details]

Workshops

T. Orr, E. Farrell, T. Paul and K Gavin; (2000) National Report on Limit State Design in Geotechnical Engineering: Ireland. Workshops [Details]
                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

Research Interests: Foundation Systems, Effect of climate change on infrastructure, Offshore Soil Mechanics


RESEARCH GRANTS 
 
PISA (2013) Project partner with Oxford University and Imperial College

EU FP7 (2013) TRA Visions

SFI-US-Ireland (2013), Collaborative Project on development of novel anchor systems for offshore developments (with University of Texas, University of Rhode Island, Queens University Belfast.

Enterprise Ireland (2012), Commercialisation Fund, development of  hybrid piled-raft foundation for the offshore wind energy sector.

EU FP7 (2011) SMART Rail project coordinator, UCD Budget, 570,000 Euro

EU FP7 (2011) TRA 2010, Partner, UCD Budget 108,507 Euro

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Fund (2011), Offshore Wind Turbines, 178,276 Euro

PRTLI- Earth Science Institute (2011) Rate infrastructure project, 243,000 Euro.

Science Foundation Ireland (2010) Research Frontiers Programme 202,758 Euro

IPA Research Award (2010), 5,000 USD

IRCSET Innovation Partnership (2010) 84,000 Euro

IRCSET (2010) PhD Scholarship 72,000 Euro

EU FP7 (2008) Asset Project, UCD budget 430,000 Euro.

UCD Research Award - Small Equipment Grant (2007), 8,000 Euro.

HMC Piling/Arup (2007) Piling Researcgh 7,000 Euro

Use of In-Situ measurements techniques to determine the safety of railway slopes (2007) - 70,000 Euro, Irish Rail

Reliability of Offshore Foundations for Wind Turbines (2006) 70,000 Euro, IRCSET/SEI

Career Development Award (2006) - 10,000Euro award from Urban Institute

University of Western Australia Travel Award (2005) - 4000 Euro

Investigation of bored piles behaviour in glacial till. Value of fieldwork to Skanska and UCD 100,000 Euro, Sponsors Arup Consulting Engineers/Allied Irish Bank 2004.

Research grant award for a study on the behaviour of wind turbine foundations, Value 80,000 Euro. Sponsors Sustainable Energy Ireland/ Aertech Ltd. 2003

Research grant award for a study of the stability of compacted slopes in glacial till, Value 40,000 Euro. Sponsors Irish Rail. 2002

UCD Presidents Research Award (2002) Project - Behaviour of Offshore Piles, 9000 Euro.

HEA Capital Equipment Grant - Recipient of the Civil Engineering portion of this grant which was used to develop a number of instrumented model foundations and purchase a range of miniature stress sensors and data-logging equipment.


Research Projects

Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : FP7 Coordinator Grant
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 04-DEC-10
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
Title : Optimising the design of shallow foundations for the next generation of onshore wind turbines
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-10 / 30-SEP-13
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Enterprise Ireland travel Fund
Start Date / End Date : 08-SEP-10 / 31-DEC-10
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
Title : Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-10 / 31-JUL-12
Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : The development of offshore foundation systems for wind energy
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-10 / 31-JUL-14
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A comparative investigation of the installation stresses on closed and open ended model piles in soft clay
Start Date / End Date : 17-MAY-10 / 16-NOV-11
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : Advanced safety and driver support in essential road transport (ASSET Road)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-08 / 31-DEC-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A mobile laboratory for field testing of offshore foundations systems
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-07 / 01-DEC-08
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
Title : Reliability analysis of foundations subjected to wind and wave loading
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-06 / 01-OCT-09
Sponsor : Iarnrod Eireann
Title : Stability of Man Made Slopes in Glacial Till
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-03 / 31-DEC-08
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Behaviour of Offshore Piles
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-02 / 30-APR-03
Sponsor : ESB International Ltd.
Title : Research on Wind Turbine Foundations
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-03 / 31-OCT-08
Sponsor : MCOS
Title : Candidate: David Gallagher. Experimental Investigation of the Axial Capacity of Piles in Clay
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-02 / 31-MAR-04
Sponsor : RPS Group Ltd, Ireland
Title : Experimental investigation of offshore piles
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-06 / 01-OCT-07
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is informed by my experience as a researcher and practicing engineer. The modules I coordinate incorporate the widespread use of Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) and optimize the use of the following; (i) Student centred active learning, (ii) the use of case histories, and (iii) research oriented teaching.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

In 2010 I developed a module, Soil-Structure Interaction, focused on student centred learning. The technical content is delivered through formal lectures. Weekly workshops accounting for >50% of the contact hours are held in which students predict the response of real structures. These proved to be effective in encouraging student participation in the module, promoting an even workload through the semester and encouraging peer to peer teaching. Feedback on student performance in each workshop was provided at the beginning of the next class and an (anonymous) review of each group¿s prediction was compared to the actual response at the start of the class. Thus detailed feedback and feed-forward was available to students throughout. Student feedback in an end of term questionnaire was very positive with 86% of the class giving the module an overall rating of 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-5) and a similar number identifying the workshop's efficacy. A peer observation was conducted by Dr. Tim McMahon from UCD's centre for teaching and learning who summarized his report as follows: "Overall, it was clear that Dr Gavin has an effective and professional working relationship with his students and an approach to teaching that encourages active learning in class. He knows how to plan and deliver lectures to the highest professional standards. In the post-observation tutorial, Dr Gavin showed the ability and willingness to use critical reflection to identify possible enhancements to the learning experiences of his student through a honing of his already exemplary teaching skills".

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

My most significant contribution to curriculum design was in the development of a new ME programme in Civil Engineering between September 2008 and the launch of the course in September 2009. To aid the process I enrolled on the course Curriculum Design in the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at UCD. As part of the CTL course I reviewed global experience in the development of curricula for engineering courses, with particular reference to increasing student engagement and how to match learning outcomes to course design. This taught me the importance of establishing clear goals for the programme, consideration of the educational philosophy, course content, organization and sequence and evaluation/assessment in a holistic approach to the design of a programme to meet staff and student expectations. The goals of the programme were clearly set out in three concise graduate attributes. The educational philosophy adopted encouraged student centred learning by combining the delivery of core technical content through traditional lectures with enhanced use of enquiry based learning, design projects (with industry input) and the introduction of a significant research project. The content was designed so that all aspects of Fink¿s (2003) taxonomy of significant learning were addressed in the programme. The learning objectives set out by the professional accreditation body were mapped to content, with alignment of the assessment method adopted (e.g. summative exam, continuous assessment, thesis, presentation/interview etc.) and the teaching and learning activities, e.g. formal lecture, group work, design project etc with a core principle being that non-technical skills such as team-building, presentation skills etc. should be taught as integral components of technical modules, rather than as add on modules. The content and sequence design have shown to provide progression and opportunities for reflection at a programme level.

Developing as a Teacher

In 2010 I completed a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning at UCD. I have attended a number of workshops, conference sessions and conferences of geotechnical engineering education including most recently a special session at the European Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Education in Athens, September 2012, and the International Conference Shaking the Foundations of Geotechnical Engineering, held at NUI Galway from the 4th to 6th of July 2012. I am a reviewer for the European Journal of Engineering Education and was a member of the scientific committee for the International Conference of Geotechnical Engineering Education held at NUI Galway in July 2012. In 2009 I trained as a peer observer of teaching at the UCD Centre for Teaching and Learning. As part of the training I was peer reviewed and I have performed a number of peer reviews for colleagues in the School. Whilst I benefited from being observed when teaching, acting as a reviewer has in many ways been more beneficial as I observe our programme through the eyes of our students.

Innovation & Leadership

My contributions to teaching during my time at UCD include the development of student centred modules that make significant use of enquiry based learning and reflective practice. To keep developing my teaching I have completed a diploma in teaching and learning at UCD, publish papers and review work in leading education journals. I also publish and participate in conferences on education. I continue to provide peer observation of teaching to colleagues.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Paul Doherty, Dr. David Igoe, Dr. Carl Brangan (GRG)
Dr. Aggeliki Georgiopoulou, Professor Chris Bean (School of Geological Sciences)

Professor Frederic Dias

External Collaborators

Prof. Richard Jardine, Dr. Lidija Zdravkovic, Professor David Potts (Imperial College)
Prof. Byron Byrne, Professor Guy Houlsby (University of Oxford)
Dr. Bryan McCabe (University College Galway)
Dr. Irina Stipanovic (University of Twente)
Prof.  Meho-Sasa Kovacevic (University of Zagreb)
Professor Barry Lehane (University of Western Australia)
Professor Andy Collop (DeMontfort University)
Dr. Jianfeng Xue, Dr. Ali Tolooiyan (Monsah University)
Dr. Stanislav Lenart, Dr. Karmen Fifer Bizjak (ZAG)
Dr. Giovanni Spagnoli (Bauer)