Industry Day Speaker – Prof. Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward, Professor of Railway Geotechnical Engineering and Director of the newly launched Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, to speak at Industry Day 2013 on the topic “The geotechnical challenges and solutions of next generation ultra-speed trains

Prof. Peter Woodward

Prof. Peter Woodward

Railway Research at Heriot-Watt University is led by Professor Peter Woodward, who has been involved in rail track developments for over a decade.

Peter and his team investigate the main issues for modern rail networks which include the need to cope with more traffic, heavier loads and higher speeds. These demands are common across the world and academics at the School of the Built Environment are at the forefront of industrially relevant research in the UK for solving these issues.

  • Prof. Woodward was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in 1994 at Heriot-Watt University and to the post of Reader in Railways and Geotechnical Engineering in 2007. In 2010 he was promoted to Professor of Railway Geotechnical Engineering
  • Since 2001 he has been seconded to industry for 1 day per week working on the application of polyurethane geocomposites to railway track stabilisation and reinforcement. This patented technology was spun-out from Heriot-Watt University and is now widely used across the UK railways and increasingly internationally.
  • He has won multiple awards for his developed technologies, including the Highly Commended Award at the 2005 National Rail Awards, in the Innovation of the Year category.
  • He has also been a previous winner of the ICE Webb Prize (2008) and the UK Young Engineers Award (2001) amongst others.
  • He has acted as Principal Investigator on many research grants, most recently on EPSRC funded research on high-speed train track interactions at critical track velocities.

Peter will talk in Parallel Session 4 – Networks & Infrastructure. To book your place on Industry Day, click here.

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