Professor Christopher Rogers Eur Ing, BSc, PhD, CEng, MICE, MIHT

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Director of the Birmingham Centre for Resilience Research and Education

School of Civil Engineering

Professor Christopher Rogers

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 5066

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3675

Email c.d.f.rogers@bham.ac.uk

School of Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Professor Rogers graduated in Civil Engineering at Leeds University in 1979 prior to gaining industrial experience as a graduate engineer in a structural engineering consultancy, as a resident engineer monitoring ground works on four sites, and as a site engineer with Mowlem Tunnelling working on the Carsington Dam Aqueduct Tunnel.

He joined Nottingham University as a Research Assistant in 1982, where he read for his doctorate in the field of buried flexible pipes and subsequently taught for a short period.

He joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in 1986, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1994 and a Reader in 1997.

He was appointed to a Chair in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Birmingham in September 1998.

Teaching

Professor Rogers’ primary teaching interests are in seepage and compaction (MSc), consolidation, shear strength and critical state soil mechanics (MSc and MEng), and research developments in civil engineering (MSc and MEng).

Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The structural performance of flexible pipes when buried in trenches, under embankments and, more latterly, in landfills. The influence of trenching on the surrounding environment forms a parallel area of interest.

Trenchless pipelaying, notably ground displacements and ground stability around both horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and microtunnelling for new pipeline construction and HV cable laying, and pipe bursting and pipe splitting for on-line replacement. He led an EPSRC Engineering Programme Network in Trenchless Technology (NETTWORK, 2000-2004), which spawned a number of initiatives including research into long-distance, shallow-buried HV cable installation and Mapping the Underworld (MTU). He leads the EPSRC-funded MTU programme, which initially (2004-2008) consisted of four inter-linked projects on buried utility location, mapping, data integration and asset tagging, and now extends to a £3.5 million EPSRC Responsive Mode Grant (2008-2012) to develop a multi-sensor geophysical device to detect all buried utility services (www.mappingtheunderworld.ac.uk). He also jointly leads an EPSRC Engineering Programme Network covering this topic. He has a parallel interest in soft ground tunnelling.

Chemical stabilisation of clay soils, encompassing lime modification and stabilisation of clays and contaminated clays, and the use of other additives such as cement, PFA and blast furnace slag. His research covers both surface and deep stabilisation techniques, the latter including lime piles and chemical piles, deep mix-in-place techniques and lime slurry pressure injection. More recent research has concentrated on the use of electro-kinetics for soil stabilisation and dewatering liquid wastes.

Road and railway foundations, notably the assessment in situ of stiffness and resistance to permanent deformation, and the chemical treatment of road subgrades and railway trackbeds. In particular he has studied lime- and lime-cement stabilized subgrade soils cured under realistic environmental conditions.

Collapsible soils, notably loess. Loess from different countries, including China, Libya and the UK (where it is more commonly known as brickearth), has been studied to determine both the degree of collapse and the mechanisms of collapse when it is loaded and wetted. The constituents of the loess and the bonding mechanisms form the primary focus of the research.

The move towards greater sustainability in utility service provision, underground space usage, geotechnical processes and urban regeneration. He led one of fifteen consortia funded under the first round of grants awarded under the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) Programme to use the major Birmingham Eastside (www.esr.bham.ac.uk) redevelopment initiative as a series of case study sites to explore the challenges of introducing more sustainable solutions to the social, environmental and economic problems faced by such developments. He leads the Urban Futures (www.urban-futures.org) SUE 2 consortium, which is envisioning alternative future scenarios, analysing their characteristics and thereby testing the resilience of engineering solutions put in place today in the name of sustainability.

Professor Rogers leads the Birmingham Centre for Resilience Research and Education, a new research centre in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Birmingham, and is Deputy Head of the School of Civil Engineering. He has been awarded grants worth more than £10 million. He has supervised more than 50 Research Students and Assistants and has published more 200 refereed journal and conference papers.

Current Research Projects

  • Chemical Improvement of Clay Soils in situ Using Electrokinetic Processes
  • Electro-Kinetic Treatment of Liquid Wastes
  • Stiffness of Lime and Lime-Cement Stabilised Capping Layers
  • Installation of High Voltage Cables Over Long Distances Using Trenchless Techniques
  • Mapping the Underworld – Multi-Sensor Device for Buried Utility Services Location
  • Mapping the Underworld Network
  • A Geotechnical Model for the Prediction of Buried Cast Iron Pipe Performance and Failure
  • Leakage Development Mechanisms in Clays
  • Sustainable Urban Redevelopment – Birmingham Eastside
  • Sustainable Urban Redevelopment – Urban Futures
  • Research Dialogues – a forum for Academic Engagement on Sustainable Urban
  • Mapping Artificial Lightscapes – Solutions to artificial light pollution in cities

Other activities

External Appointments

  • Editor-in-Chief of Trenchless Technology Research, published by Elsevier (1996 – 2002)
  • Editor of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, with responsibility for Trenchless Technology Research, published by Elsevier (since 2002)
  • Honorary Editor of Engineering Sustainability (since 2007) and Member of Editorial Board of Engineering Sustainability (since 2005)
  • Member of Geotechnique Advisory Panel (since 2006)
  • Member of Committee on Cementitious Stabilisation of Soil (AFS80), US Transportation Research Board - (since 1987)
  • Member of Committee on Sub-Surface Soil Structure Interaction (AFS40), US Transportation Research Board - (since 1997)
  • Member of Committee on Culverts and Hydraulic Structures(AFF70), US Transportation Research Board - (since 1997)
  • Member of Committee on Physicochemical Phenomena in Soils (AFP60), US Transportation Research Board - (since 2003)
  • Member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Team for Engineering (2004-2008)
  • Elected Member of Engineering College, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); (continuous since 1994)
  • Co-Chair of Fourth International Trenchless Technology Research Colloquium (19-23 May 2002)
  • Co-Chair, International Conference on Industrial Symbiosis, organised jointly with Yale University (5-6 August 2006)
  • Co-Chair, 12th International Conference on Ground Probing Radar - GPR2008 (15-19 June 2008) hosted at the University of Birmingham
  • External examiner for PhD theses at Lund University, Sweden; Kingston University, Canada; and several UK universities

Publications

Rogers CDF (1987), "The Influence of Surrounding Soil on Flexible Pipe Performance", Transportation Research Record 1129, TRB, Washington DC, USA, p.1-11.

Rogers CDF, Dijkstra TA and Smalley IJ (1993), "Classification of Arid Soils for Engineering Purposes: An Engineering Approach", Keynote Paper, Proc. 1st Int. Symp. on Engineering Characteristics of Arid Soils, London, July, p.99-134.

Dijkstra TA, Smalley IJ and Rogers CDF (1995), "Particle Packing in Loess Deposits and the Problem of Structure Collapse and Hydroconsolidation", Engineering Geology, Vol. 40, No. 1/2, December, p.49-64.

Fleming PR and Rogers CDF (1995), "Assessment of Pavement Foundations During Construction", Transport, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 111, No. 2, p.105-115.

Rogers CDF (1995), "General Report: In-Situ Assessment", Proc. 4th Int. Conf. on Unbound Aggregates in Roads, Nottingham, July, p. 249-257.

Rogers CDF (1995), "Types and Distribution of Collapsible Soils", Keynote Paper, Proc. of NATO Workshop on Collapsible Soils, published by Kluwer Academic Press, p.1-17.

Rogers CDF and Chapman DN (1995), "An Experimental Study of Pipebursting in Sand", Geotechnical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 113, No. 1, January, p.38-50.

Assallay AM, Smalley IJ and Rogers CDF (1996), "Engineering Properties of Loess in Libya", Journal of Arid Environments, Vol. 32, p.373-386.

Rogers CDF, Fleming PR and Talby R (1996), "Use of Visual Methods to Investigate the Influence of Installation Procedure upon Pipe/Soil Interaction", Transportation Research Record 1541, TRB, Washington DC, USA, p. 76-85.

Rogers CDF and Glendinning S (1996), "The Role of Lime Migration in Lime Pile Stabilisation of Slopes", Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, Vol. 29, No. 4, p.273-284.

Rogers CDF, Glendinning S and Dixon N (1996), "Lime Stabilisation", Thomas Telford, 183pp. ISBN 0-7727-2563-7.

Rogers CDF and Glendinning S (1997), "Stabilisation of Shallow Slope Failures Using Lime Piles", Transportation Research Record 1589, TRB, Washington DC, USA, p.83-91.

Rogers CDF, Glendinning S and Roff TEJ (1997), "Modification of Clay Soils for Construction Expediency", Geotechnical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 125, No.4, p.242-249.

Assallay AM, Rogers CDF, Smalley IJ (1998), "Silt: 2-62mm, 4-90", Earth Science Reviews,Vol.45, p.61-88.

Glendinning S, Rogers CDF and Boardman DI (1998), "Stabilisation of Inorganic Contaminants in Clays", in Contaminated Land and Groundwater: Future Directions, Engineering Geology Special Publication No.14, ed. DN Lerner and NRG Walton, Eds. London, Geological Society, p.19-28.

Rogers CDF and Chapman DN (1998), "Theoretical Modelling of Ground Movements Associated with Trenchless Pipelaying Operations", Geotechnical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol.131, No.4, p.210-222.

Rogers CDF (1999), "The Structural Performance of Flexible Pipe for Landfill Drainage", Geotechnical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 137, No.4, p.249-262.

Faragher E, Fleming PR and Rogers CDF (2000), "Analysis of Repeated Load Field Testing of Buried Plastic Pipes", Journal of Transportation Engineering, Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 126, No. 3, p. 271-277.

Boardman DI, Glendinning S and Rogers CDF (2001), "Development of Stabilisation and Solidification in Lime-Clay Mixes", Geotechnique, Vol. 51, No. 6, p. 533-543.

Frost MW, Fleming PR and Rogers CDF (2001), "Assessment of a Performance Specification Approach for Pavement Foundations", Transportation Research Record 1757, TRB, Washington DC, USA, p. 100-108.

Milligan GWE and Rogers CDF (2001), "Trenchless Technology", Chapter in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Handbook, Kluwer Academic Publishing, Norwell, MA, USA, (R K Rowe Editor), p. 569-592. ISBN 0-7923-8613-2

Cooper ML, Chapman DN, Rogers CDF and Chan AHC (2002), "Movements in the Piccadilly Line Tunnels due to the Heathrow Express Construction", Geotechnique, Vol. 52, No. 4, p. 243-257.

Cooper ML, Chapman DN and Rogers CDF (2002), "Prediction of Settlement in an Existing Tunnel caused by the Second of Twin Tunnels", Design of Structures, Transportation Research Record 1814, TRB, National Research Council, Washington DC, USA, p. 103-112.

Rogers CDF, Chapman DN, Wan F, Ng PCF and Smith S (2002), "Laboratory Testing of Pipe Splitting Operations", Trenchless Technology Research, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 17, No. 1, p. 99-113.

Rogers CDF, Liaki C and Boardman DI (2003), "Advances in the Engineering of Lime Stabilised Clay Soils", Keynote Paper to 1st Int. Conf. on Problematic Soils, Nottingham, UK, July.

Boardman DI, Glendinning S and Rogers CDF (2004), "The Influences of Iron (III) and Lead (II) Contaminants on Lime-Stabilised Clay", Geotechnique, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 467-486.

Frost MW, Fleming PR and Rogers CDF (2004), "Cyclic Triaxial Tests on Clay Subgrades for Analytical Pavement Design", Journal of Transportation Engineering, Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 130, No. 3, p. 378-386.

Rogers CDF, Fleming PR and Frost MW (2004), "A Philosophy for a Performance Specification for Road Foundations", Transport, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 157, No. 3, p. 143-151.

Barker JE, Rogers CDF and Boardman DI (2006), "Physio-Chemical Changes in Clay caused by Ion Migration from Lime Piles", Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 18, No. 2, p. 182-189.

Chapman DN, Rogers CDF and Ng PCF (2005), "Predicting Pipe Displacements caused by Pipe Splitting Operations", Geotechnical Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 158, No. GE2, p. 95-106.

Hunt DVL and Rogers CDF (2005), "Barriers to Sustainable Infrastructure in Urban Regeneration", Engineering Sustainability, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 158, No. ES2, p. 67-81.

Brough MJ, Ghataora GS, Stirling AB, Madelin KB, Rogers CDF and Chapman DN (2006), "Investigation of Railway Track Subgrade - II: Case Study", Transport, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 159, Issue TR2, p. 83-92.

Gunn DA, Nelder LM, Jackson PD, Northmore KJ, Entwisle DC, Milodowski AE, Boardman DI, Zourmpakis A, Rogers CDF, Jefferson I and Dixon N (2006), "Shear Wave Velocity Monitoring of Collapsible Brickearth Soil", Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology, Vol. 39, No. 2, p. 173-188.

Jackson PD, Northmore KJ, Entwisle DC, Gunn DA, Milodowski AE, Boardman DI, Zourmpakis A, Rogers CDF, Dixon N and Jefferson I (2006), "Resistivity Monitoring of a Collapsing Metastable Soil", Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology, Vol. 39, No. 2, p. 151-172.

McPherson WN, Silva-Lopez M, Barton JS, Moore AJ, Jones JDC, Zhao D, Zhang L, Bennion I, Metje N, Chapman DN and Rogers CDF (2006), " Tunnel Monitoring using Multicore Fibre Displacement Sensor", Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 17, p. 1180-1185.

Rogers CDF (2006), "Powering Urban Developments - Utility Mapping Needs for Trenchless HV Cable Installations", Keynote Paper, ENGINEERING 2006 - 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Trenchless Technology and Tunnelling, Niepolomice, Krakow, Poland, June 2006.

Rogers CDF (2006), "Substructures and Underground Space and their Role in a Sustainable Urban Environment", Keynote Paper, Proc. of the International Association of Engineering Geology Congress, Nottingham, UK, 6th – 10th September.

Rogers CDF, Boardman DI and Papadimitriou G (2006), "Stress Path Testing of Realistically-Cured Lime and Lime/Cement Stabilized Clay", Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 18, No.2, p. 259-266.

Thomas AM, Metje N, Rogers CDF and Chapman DN (2006), "GPR Interpretation as a Function of Soil Response Complexity in Utility Mapping", Proc. of 11th Int. Conf. on Ground Probing Radar (GPR2006), Columbus, Ohio, USA, 19th – 22nd June 2006.

Zourmpakis A, Boardman DI, Rogers CDF, Jefferson I, Jackson PD, Gunn DA, Northmore KJ, Entwisle DC, Nelder LM and Dixon N (2006), "A Case Study of Loess Collapse in a UK Field Trial", Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology, Vol. 39, No. 2, p. 131-150.

Chapman DN, Fleming PR, Rogers CDF and Talby R (2007), "The Response of Flexible Pipes Buried in Sand to Static Surface Stress", Geomechanics and Geoengineering, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp 17-28.

Jefferson I, Hunt DVL, Birchall CA and Rogers CDF (2007), "Sustainability Indicators for Environmental Geotechnics", Engineering Sustainability, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 160, ES2, 57-78.

Miao P, Kukureka SN, Metje N, Chapman DN, Rogers CDF and Henderson P (2007), "Mechanical Reliability of a Novel Optical Fibre Sensor System for Tunnel Displacement Monitoring", Smart Structures and Materials, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 382-390.

Metje N, Atkins PR, Brennan MJ, Chapman DN, Lim HM, Machell J, Muggleton JM, Pennock SR, Ratcliffe J, Redfern MA, Rogers CDF, Saul AJ, Shan Q, Swingler S and Thomas AM (2007), "Mapping the Underworld. State of the Art Review", Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 22, No. 5-6, p. 568-586.

Royal ACD, Rogers CDF and Chapman DN (2007), "Use of Trenchless Technologies for Long-Distance Cable Installation", Invited Paper, Proc. of 12th European Conference on Networks and Optical Communications (NOC OC&I Conference), Stockholm, 18th – 20th June, p. 105-112.

Royal ACD, Hunt DVL, Rogers CDF, Chapman DN and Polak MA (2007), "Modelling of HDD Pipeline Frictional Resistance, and Extruded Microtunnelling Linings for Long-Distance ‘Cable Pipe’ Installations", Proc. of 25th International Conference on Trenchless Installation of Utilities, No-Dig 2007, Rome, Italy, 10th -13th September

Northmore KJ, Jefferson I, Jackson PD, Entwisle DC, Milodowski AE, Raines MR, Gunn DA, Boardman DI, Zourmpakis A, Nelder LM, Rogers CDF, Dixon N, and Smalley IJ (2008), "On-Site Characterisation of Loessic Brickearth Deposits at Ospringe, Kent, UK", Geotechnical Engineering, Proceedings on the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 161, GE1, p. 3-17.

Hunt DVL, Lombardi DR, Rogers CDF and Jefferson I (2008), "Application of Sustainability Indicators in Decision-Making Processes for Urban Regeneration Projects", Engineering Sustainability, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 161, No. 1, p.77-91.

Liaki C, Rogers CDF and Boardman DI (2008), " Physico-Chemical Effects on Uncontaminated Kaolinite due to Electrokinetic Treatment Using Inert Electrodes, Journal of Environmental Health and Science – Part A, Vol. 43, No. 8, p. 810-822.

Metje N, Chapman DN, Rogers CDF, Henderson P and Beth M (2008), "An Optical Fibre Sensor System For Remote Displacement Monitoring of Structures – Prototype Tests in the Laboratory", Structural Health Monitoring – An International Journal, Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 7, No. 1, 51-63.

Thomas AM, Chapman DN, Rogers CDF, Metje N, Atkins PR and Lim HM (2008), "Broadband Apparent Permittivity Measurement in Dispersive Soils using Quarter-Wavelength Analysis", Soil Science Society of America, Vol. 72, No. 5, p. 1401-1409.

Hunt DVL, Jefferson I, Gaterell M and Rogers CDF (2009), "Planning for Sustainable Utility Infrastructure", Urban Design and Planning, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 162, No. 4.

Rogers C D F and Grant S A (2009), "Shaping the Future of Ground Penetrating Radar Soils Research", Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR 2009), Granada, Spain, 27th – 29th May, p. 68-72.

Thomas AM, Rogers CDF, Chapman DN, Metje N and Castle J (2009), "Stakeholder Needs For Ground Penetrating Radar Utility Location", Journal of Applied Geophysics, Vol. 67, p. 345–351.

Rogers CDF, Thomas AM, Jefferson I and Gaterell M (2009), "Carbon Dioxide Emissions due to Highway Subgrade Improvements", Transportation Research Record 2104, TRB, National Research Council, Washington DC, USA, p. 80-87.

Glendinning S, Mok CK, Kalumba D, Rogers CDF and Hunt DVL (2009), "Design Framework for Electrokinetically Enhanced Dewatering of Sludge", ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (in press)

Kalumba D, Glendinning S, Rogers CDF, Boardman DI and Tyrer M A (2010), "Dewatering of Tunnelling Slurry Waste using Electrokinetic Geosynthetics", ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (in press).

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