Dr Omar Hamza

Position: Senior Lecturer of Geotechnical engineering

College: College of Engineering and Technology

Department: Engineering

Subject area: Civil Engineering

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About

I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby- since June 2015.  I am also a chartered civil engineer with a combination of academic and industrial experience in geotechnical engineering gained over the last 22 years. 

I worked previously with Nottingham university and King Saud university. I have also worked with two of the largest multi-disciplinary companies in the UK, recently with AMEY and previously with ATKINS as a team leader, where I was involved with key Highway and Railway infrastructure schemes covering wide range of project phases including inception, preliminary/ detailed design, construction, maintenance, and decommissioning.

Depending on your area of interest, I am avilable for the following activities:

- Industrial and Academic collaboration

- PhD supervision in the following areas: (Geotechnical engineering, Groundwater Seepage & Flood water management, Infastructure geotechnics,  Improved integration of geotechnical data into Building Information Modelling- BIM)

 

Teaching responsibilities

Advanced Geotechnics, Structures, and Fluid Mechanics.

Independent Study 

Professional interests

Specialist: 

- Geotechnical Investigation, Inspection, and data interpretation.

- Development and Application of various geotechnical design: Earthwork & Retaining structures, Groundwater flow cut-off, Foundations and Ground improvement...according to BS, Euro Code, and client spec (HA & Network Rail).

- Analytical Numerical Modelling using commercially available software packages e.g. Plaxis, Flac, Midas, Geoslope, Geoslove, Piglet,...

- Physical modelling using Centrifuge technique.

 

 

Research interests

R&D interest in "Sustainable Development" concerning Climate Change Adoption & Mitigation, including:

-  Geohazard assessment of natural and infrastructure slopes affected by climate change.

-  Development of Low-Carbon engineering design solutions for failed embankments

-  Improved integration of geotechnical data into Building Information Modelling

Membership of professional bodies

Chartered Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Qualifications

BSc in Civil Engineering

PhD in Geotechnical Engineering

Recent publications

Journal Publications

Hamza O., Bengough A.G., Bransby M.F., Davies M.C.R., Hallett P.D., ‘Biomechanics of Plant Roots: Estimating Localised Deformation with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)’. Journal of Biosystems Engineering, Volume 94, Issue 1 (2006), Pages 119-132. Note. This paper has been selected as a winner of the EurAgEng (European Society of Agricultural Engineers) Outstanding Paper Awards 2008.

Davies M.C.R., Hamza O, Harris C., ‘The effect of rise in mean annual temperature on the stability of rock slopes containing ice-filled discontinuities’. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 12 (2001) (1), Pages 137-144

Davies M.C.R., Hamza O, Harris C., ‘Laboratory measurement of the shear strength of ice-filled rock joints’. Annals of Glaciology 31 (2000) Pages 463-468.

 

Refereed Papers in  International Conferences

Hamza O., Bellis A., ‘Gault Clay embankment slopes on A14 – Case studies on shallow and deep instability’. The 1st international conference on Transportation Geotechnics, Nottingham, (2008).

Hamza O., Bellis A., ‘Geotechnical assessment of an existing pile foundation system of a bridge pier subjected to bearing replacement – Case study’. The 2nd international conference on Foundations, Dundee (2008).

Hamza O., Bengough A.G., Bransby M.F., Davies M.C.R., Hallett P.D., ‘Applying geotechnical engineering to plant root biomechanical behaviour’.In Eco- and Ground Bio-engineering: The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability. Eds. A Stokes, I Spanos, J E Norris, L H Cammeraat. Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, (2006).

Hamza O., Bengough A.G., Bransby M.F., Davies M.C.R., Hallett P.D., ‘Novel biomechanical analysis of plant roots’, In Eco- and Ground Bio-engineering: The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Eco-Engineering 13–17 September 2004. Published in Book: Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences - Earth and Environmental Science, Springer Netherlands (2007).

Hamza O., Stace R., Reddish D., ‘A study of the effect of strain rate on stiffness and strength in Silty Mudstone using multistage triaxial testing’. Proceedings of An international conference on Post-mining 2005, Nancy France (November 2005).

Davies M.C.R., Hamza O. & Harris C. ‘Physical modelling of the effect of climate change on rock slope instability’. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: ICPMG, ed. Phillips, Guo and Popescu, (2002) Pages 303-308.

Recent conferences

Géotechnique Symposium in Print 2015: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, London

Additional interests and activities

Potential PhD Proposals:

(A) Development of advanced numerical modelling of slopes affected by climate change.

(B) Wireless monitoring of earthwork infrastructures

(C) Slope stabilization using Electrokinetic technology

(D) Improved integration of geotechnical data into Building Information Modelling

(E) Groundwater Seepage and flood management in urban areas

 

if you are intrested in any of these reseaarch ideas please contact me (o.hamza@derby.ac.uk).

Experience in industry

I worked with two of the largest multi-disciplinary companies (recently with AMEY and previously with ATKINS) who are actively enabling the key infrastructure owners in the UK including HA, NWR, EA, Local Government and Utilities, to manage their assets in a sustainable way, where I have been effectively contributing to this process within my respective engineering speciality.

I worked as Geotechnical Team Leader/ Checker/ and project designer of key infrastructure schemes covering a wide range of project phases including inception, periliminary/ detailed design, construction, miantiance/ redevelopment and decommissioning.

I have sound knowledge of Eurocode, in addition to other related design standards and specifications that forms part of asset management process (mainly for HA, NWR, EA), and CDM regulations.

 

International experience

I am an international representative of the ICE and have previously worked at King Saud University - college of Engineering.

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