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Rob Evans

Robert Evans

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Civil Engineering


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering

Rob is mainly involved in the delivery of subjects relating to ground engineering and engineering geology. Rob currently teaches on the following modules: Engineering Materials, Ground Engineering, Geotechnics, Water and the Environment and Ground Engineering, Water Resources and the Environment

Research areas

Designed Environment

Rob has a background in research and consultancy in ground and pavement engineering, and engineering geophysics. His main experience is in the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and other geophysical site investigation techniques, laboratory and field testing of aggregates, pavement engineering, collapsible soils and geotechnics.

Rob's Engineering Doctorate (EngD) was awarded for "Optimising the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) for pavement assessment", and Rob's current main areas of interest include:

  • Use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) in engineering investigations
  • Applications of geophysical methods in civil and geotechnical engineering
  • Non destructive testing of pavement structures
  • Assessment and use of recycled and secondary aggregates.

Rob has published peer reviewed papers in a number of journals, and presented at several international conferences, on topics including the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR), pavement engineering and management, problematic soils and the modelling of sub-surface conditions.

Enquiries are welcomed in any of the subject areas mentioned above.

External activity

  • 1998-present, Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)
  • 2002-2008, Treasurer of the East Midlands Regional Group (EMRG) of the Geological Society

Sponsors and collaborators

Previous research collaborators and clients Rob has worked with have included:

  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC (Engineering Doctorate research, 2004-2009)
  • The Highways Agency (various research projects, 1996-2000)
  • The European Commission 4th Framework ('ALT-MAT' research: Alternative materials in road construction, 1998-2000)
  • Loughborough University (Engineering Doctorate research, 2004-2009)
  • Jacobs UK Ltd (various consultancy and research projects, 2004-2010).

Rob has also conducted consultancy work for a number of clients including:

  • Transport Scotland
  • British Airports Authority (BAA)
  • The Transport Directorate of Poland (GDDKiA)
  • Babcock Marine (for the MoD)
  • UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR)
  • Various local authorities.

Press expertise

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Recycled materials
  • Assessing of road conditions