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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology



Talia is a geotechnical engineer from South Africa and did her bachelor’s and honours degrees at the University of Pretoria. She has four years of work experience in South Africa as a civil engineer specialising in design of hazardous and general waste disposal facilities and associated infrastructure and site rehabilitation, and is a registered Professional Engineer under the Engineering Council of South Africa. Talia completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge at the Schofield Centre with the receipt of a Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. Her research investigated the behaviour of geosynthetic-reinforced soils over voids using centrifuge modelling.

Her involvement with the Centre was through the EPSRC-funded WindAfrica project which aims to develop performance-based guidelines for wind turbines in Africa. Her role involved the development and supervision of the field testing, conducted in South Africa, to investigate the representative behaviour of piled foundations under cyclic lateral loading in expansive soils.

Research Associate
(April 2018 - April 2020)
Dr Talia Da Silva Burke