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Dr Nick Koor

  • Role Title: Associate Head (Innovation)
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Portsmouth Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 92 842413
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Science


I have over twenty years experience in the field of engineering geology & geotechnical engineering of which twelve years (1993 to 2005) were in Hong Kong. MY broad experience base includes: landslide investigation and remedial works design, site characterisation, the design and construction of natural terrain hazard mitigation measures, geological hazard identification and mapping, applied engineering geophysics, design and construction of large earthworks/site formation contracts, design and construction of piling works and, deep basement design in the urban environment. I have authored and co-authored papers on the subjects of landslide investigation, natural terrain mitigation, geological hazard identification, rock slope stability for landfill engineering and engineering geophysics.

I joined the staff at the University of Portsmouth in September 2005. My wealth of practical experience compliments the applied earth science pathways at the University and I am actively involved in research, consultancy and course development.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently manage the two Applied Geoscience undergraduate degree pathways for the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. I am also the Science Faculty Employability & Enterprise co-ordinator and the School Innovation Services representative.

I am co-ordinator and lecturer on the following Undergraduate Units:
Soil Mechanics
Introduction to Geomechanics
Geotechnical Engineering
Engineering Geology & Geotechnics Project
Industrial Placement

I am co-ordinator on the following Postgraduate Units:
Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Design
Geotechnics & Groundwater
Geomechanics of Natural Hazards
Nick is fieldwork team leader for the following Undergarduate fieldtrips:
North Norfolk (4 days) – quaternary geology – landforms – mapping
French Alps (10 days) – Alpine geology – valley deformation – geomorphological mapping – geological mapping – rock mass assessment
Hong Kong (7 days) – Engineering Geology & construction



My current research interests are:

Rock mechanics: This new project investigates the dependence and fracture mechanics behaviour of the fluid driven mechanical fracture process to assess the competition between permeability and overpressure upon the derived fracture pattern. In addition, new data is being generated to test the link between the measured seismicity and the accuracy of the fracture patters with the aim of calculating the permeability of the fracture network remotely.

Soil Mechanics: This new project investigates the effects of weathering on the geomechanical properties of the London Clay with particular reference to geochemical effects and the use of spectroscopy as an aide to quick and simple identification. This project will link into the use of spectroscopy as a general tool in stratigraphic and geotechnical characterisation also being carried out at the School.

Previous Research interests:

Principal researcher into the use of non-invasive geophysics for the investigation of man-made slopes and masonry retaining walls in Hong Kong. Research budget was £0.5M spent over a two year period. My work has been published as GEO Report No. 71(GEO – Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Hong Kong SAR Government).

Research into the identification of geological hazards affecting slope stability, particularly with respect to clay-rich zones within the rock mass, using the concept of the “integrated approach” through detailed desk study and mapping in Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island. This work has been published as GEO Report No. 60.

Co-investigator for the (€250,000) International NATO-Science for Peace project “Geo-Environmental Security of the Toktogul Hydroelectric Power Station Region, Central Asia”. (Directors: D. Rust, A. Korjenkov; Co-directors: A. Tibaldi, M. Usmanova).



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