Dr Asaad Faramarzi BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, PGCert

Dr Asaad Faramarzi

School of Engineering
Head of Civil Engineering
Associate Professor in Civil Engineering

Contact details

School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Faramarzi is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering

His main research interests are application of computational modelling, and machine learning in geotechnical infrastructure. He also has interest in geophysical sensing, ground engineering, and offshore geotechnics. He has published over 50 research papers in prestigious journals and international conferences.

Please contact Dr Faramarzi, if you are interested to pursue a PhD study in any of the aforementioned areas of research.


  • FHEA, 2014
  • PGCert in HE, 2014
  • PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2011
  • MSc in Structural Engineering, 2006
  • BSc (Eng) in Civil Engineering, 2004

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Asaad Faramarzi's main research interest is in computational modelling applied to geotechnical engineering problems. He is interested in developing novel numerical procedures for sensing techniques to capture buried infrastructure-ground interaction, and locating and condition assessment of underground features. He also has interest in poroelasticity, inter-particle interaction of granular assemblies and novel foundations to support offshore structures.

Dr Faramarzi's current research includes:

Inferring data from quantum technology sensors
Finite element modelling of geotechnical problems
Simulation and prediction of inter-particle interaction of granular assemblies
Application of machine learning in geotechnical and civil engineering problems
Offshore geotechnics


Research interests:

  • Computational Geotechnics
  • Application of machine learning in geotechnical and civil engineering problems
  • Condition assessment of buried infrastructure and their supporting ground
  • Inferring data from sensors
  • Quantum Technology (QT) gravity sensors


Most recent funded research projects:

  • Quantum Technology - Mapping and map integration for Buried Assets (QT-MIBA), PI - ISCF
  • Ground and Underground Infrastructure Damage Evaluation (GUIDE), PI - EPSRC
  • QVision2, PI - EPSRC
  • FRP Shear Strengthening of Damaged Concrete Beams Subjected to Fatigue Loading, CI - British Council
  • UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensing and Timing, CI - EPSRC

Other activities

  • Chair, 25th UKACM Conference on Computational Mechanics, University of Birmingham, April 2017
  • Guest Editor: Environmental Geotechnics (ICE), special issue: Reservoir engineering: geo-environmental issues
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 22nd ACME Conference on Computational Mechanics, 2014.
  • Member of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA), UK.


Recent publications


Mehravar, M, Harireche, O, Faramarzi, A, Rahimzadeh, F, Osman, A & Dirar, S 2023, 'Installation performance of structurally enhanced caissons in sand', Computers and Geotechnics, vol. 159, 105464. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2023.105464

Dabiri, H, Faramarzi, A, Dall’Asta, A, Tondi, E & Micozzi, F 2022, 'A machine learning-based analysis for predicting fragility curve parameters of buildings', Journal of Building Engineering, vol. 62, 105367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2022.105367

Dabiri, H, Kheyrodin, A & Faramarzi, A 2022, 'Predicting tensile strength of spliced and non-spliced steel bars using machine learning- and regression-based methods', Construction and Building Materials, vol. 325, 126835. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2022.126835

Stray, B, Lamb, A, Kaushik, A, Vovrosh, J, Rodgers, A, Winch, J, Hayati, F, Boddice, D, Stabrawa, A, Niggebaum, A, Langlois, M, Lien, Y-H, Lellouch, S, Roshanmanesh, S, Ridley, K, Villiers, GD, Brown, G, Cross, T, Tuckwell, G, Faramarzi, A, Metje, N, Bongs, K & Holynski, M 2022, 'Quantum sensing for gravity cartography', Nature, vol. 602, no. 7898, pp. 590–594. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3

Sogut, K, Dirar, S, Theofanous, M, Faramarzi, A & Nayak, AN 2021, 'Effect of transverse and longitudinal reinforcement ratios on the behaviour of RC T-beams shear-strengthened with embedded FRP bars', Composite Structures, vol. 262, 113622. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.113622

Samin, M, Faramarzi, A, Jefferson, I & Harireche, O 2019, 'A hybrid optimisation approach to improve long-term performance of enhanced geothermal system (EGS) reservoirs', Renewable Energy, vol. 134, pp. 379-389. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.11.045

Haji, T, Faramarzi, A, Metje, N, Chapman, D & Rahimzadeh, F 2019, 'Development of an infinite element boundary to model gravity for subsurface civil engineering applications', International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. https://doi.org/10.1002/nag.3027

Faizi, K, Faramarzi, A, Dirar, S & Chapman, D 2019, 'Investigating the monotonic behaviour of hybrid tripod suction bucket foundations for offshore wind towers in sand', Applied Ocean Research, vol. 89, pp. 176-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apor.2019.05.018

Conference contribution

Faizi, K, Hojjati, A, Faramarzi, A & Dirar, S 2022, Evaluation of seepage flow during installation of suction caisson foundation in homogeneous sand and sand overlaying inclined clay. in A Lemnitzer & AW Stuedlein (eds), Geo-Congress 2022: Deep Foundations, Earth Retention, and Underground Construction. Geotechnical Special Publication, no. 332, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), pp. 309-318, 2022 GeoCongress: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering - Deep Foundations, Earth Retention, and Underground Construction, Charlotte, United States, 20/03/22. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784484029.031

Monzer, A, Murphy, J, Yerro, A, Faramarzi, A & Chapman, D 2022, Simulation of soil fluidization around a pressurized leaking pipe using the material point method. in Geo-Congress 2022. Geotechnical Special Publication, vol. 2022-March, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), pp. 363-374, Geo-Congress 2022, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 20/03/22. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784484050.038

Haji, T, Faramarzi, A, Rahimzadeh, F, Metje, N & Chapman, D 2019, Challenges associated with finite element methods for forward modelling of unbounded gravity fields. in Proceedings of the 2019 UK Association for Computational Mechanics Conference., P16, UKACM.


Faramarzi, A & Dirar, S 2019, 'Editorial', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering and Computational Mechanics, vol. 171, no. 4, pp. 145-146. https://doi.org/10.1680/jencm.2018.171.4.145


Sogut, K, Dirar, S, Theofanous, M & Faramarzi, A 2019, 'Effect of existing steel-to-embedded FRP shear reinforcement ratio on the behaviour of reinforced concrete T-beams', Paper presented at 9th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction 2019, ACIC 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 3/09/19 - 5/09/19 pp. 11-16.

Darby, L, Faramarzi, A, Faizi, K, Mehravar, M & Harireche, O 2019, 'Finite element modelling of winged suction caissons in clay under uniaxial and combined loading', Paper presented at 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure, Chania, Greece, 23/06/19 - 26/06/19.


Faramarzi, A, Chapman, D, Dirar, S, Faizi, K & Mehravar, M Jun. 11 2020, Support structure: winged foundation to support offshore energy structures , Patent No. WO 2020/115474 Al. <https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020115474>

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