I am interested in better understanding failure mechanisms in historic block masonry and brick retaining walls. My previous investigations have included an old quay wall (19th Century), constructed by John Rennie adjacent to the River Thames.
I have used laboratory-scale model testing and advanced limit equilibrium methods to better understand the deformation behaviour and the ultimate failure mechanisms of old quay walls. This will improve the stability assessment of walls supporting critical infrastructure or undergoing a change of use.
If you have a historic wall which may be of interest then please contact me.