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Andrew graduated from the University of Birmingham with a MSci Honours degree in Geology which included a year studying at the University of Auckland. Following a year out of studying he moved to Edinburgh to undertake a Masters by Research in hydrogeology and numerical modelling, which then led on to a PhD in coupled process modelling development for engineered barriers, and is currently employed at the University of Edinburgh as a post-doctoral research associate. 

Research Interests

Andrew's research interests include the interaction of subsurface processes of fluid flow, rock mechanics, and heat and mass transport, and their influence on the extraction of different sources of energy and waste storage solutions. This includes an interest in the improvement of energy efficiency and development of renewable heat within the energy sector. He is also interested in geotechnical problems relating to coupled process phenomenon such as slope stability and volcanic edifice collapse.

In his current role, Andrew is developing the world-leading GeoReservoir Experimental Analogue Technology (GREAT) cell, a true triaxial experimental apparatus capable of investigating large (200mm diameter) cylindrical samples at representative subsurface conditions of stress, fluid pressure, and temperature. He is combining this with numerical modelling of coupled processes for geoenergy applications such as low enthalpy geothermal energy. 


Education/Academic qualification

Hydrogeology and soil mechanics, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Development of a new non-linear elastic hydro-mechanical model for the simulation of compacted MX-80 bentonite: application to laboratory and in situ sealing experiments for geo-repository engineered barriers , University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 20124 May 2016

Award Date: 4 May 2016

Hydrogeology, Master of Research, Modelling groundwater flow changes due to the thermal effects of radioactive waste disposal at a hypothetical repository site near Sellafield, UK, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 201131 Aug 2012

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Geology, Master in Science, Powering the Future: Numerical modelling of the first combined heat and power Enhanced Geothermal System proposal in the UK, University of Birmingham

12 Sept 200614 Jul 2010

Award Date: 14 Jul 2010


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