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Prof. Kenichi Soga FREng, FICE


Kenichi Soga


Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Geotechnical and Environmental

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32713


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Research interests

Professor Soga is member of the Steering Group and the Executive Committee of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. His research interests are innovative sensor technologies and assessment methods for civil engineering infrastructure, including:


  • Momonitoring and assessment of underground structures
  • Tunnelling and deep excavation and their Influence on adjacent infrastructure
  • Methane hydrate extraction processes
  • Wellbore deformation and stability
  • Soil fracturing and grouting
  • Pipeline-soil interaction
  • Submarine landslides
  • Large deformation modelling using Material Point Method
  • Coupled soil deformation and pore fluid movement simulation using Molecular Dynamics and Lattice Boltzmann methods


  • Distributed strain measurements of geoinfrastructures using fibre optics
  • Wireless sensor network monitoring systems
  • Micro electro-mechanical sensors and power harvesting
  • Computer vision for infrastructure monitoring
  • Self-boring pressuremeter and permeameter


  • Energy foundations and tunnels
  • Geothermal energy from building scale to city scale
  • Soil-Bio interactions and engineering
  • Long-term monitoring and embodied energy-life cycle analysis of infrastructure

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Geothermal Energy, Energy Geomechanics, Smart Infrastructure.


Bio-Soil interaction and Engineering.

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Smart Infrastructure.

Research projects

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: “Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction”
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: “ICASE-Arup, Deep Geomechanics”
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: “ICASE-Halcrow, Assessment and retrofit of non-compliant sections of London Underground Tunnels”
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: “ICASE-Arup, Improving the efficiency of interpreting monitoring data”
  • European Commission: “MPM-DREDGE— MPM modelling and simulation of soil-fluid interaction for dredging applications”
  • Many industry sponsored projects (BP, JOGMEC, London Underground, Crossrail etc)

Teaching activity

  • 3rd year 3D1&3D2 Geotechnical Engineering
  • Post graduate 5R7 Advanced Numerical Methods in Geomechanics

Other positions

  • Executive member & Secretary of the Technical Oversight Committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • Secretary of TC105 Geomechanics from Micro to Macro of the ISSMGE
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College


Kenichi Soga FREng FICE is Professor of Civil Engineering and the Head of the Geotechnical Group at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his BEng and MEng from Kyoto University in Japan and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His current research activities are innovative monitoring and long-term performance of geoinfrastructure, energy geomechanics, and modeling of geotechnical construction processes. He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers and is co-author of "Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd edition" with Professor James K Mitchell. He is recipient of many awards including George Stephenson Medal (2006) and Telford Gold Medal (2010) from the Institution of Civil Engineers and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (2007) from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a founding member of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction.