Harry Holmes


I am a PhD student in the Institute of Applied Geoscience studying how high speed railway vibrations affect tunnels and their surroundings. I studied a BSc in Geology and Physical Geography at the University of Edinburgh before completing the MSc in Engineering Geology at the University of Leeds. My masters dissertation used data mining techniques to analyse a large database of retaining wall movements to understand the main factors which affect their movement. Following this I worked in industry for 3 years with AECOM where I was part of the Rock Engineering team designing rock tunnel and rock slope support. 

Research interests

My PhD is exploring how high speed railway vibrations interact with tunnels and their surroundings in jointed rock masses and anisotropic materials. These are two areas of high speed railway research which have not been extensively studied to date. 

This will be achieved using discontinuum numerical modelling techniques, which allow accurate modelling of jointed rock masses, and using analytical techniques to study soft ground anisotropic materials. 


  • BSc (hons) Geology and Physical Geography - University of Edinburgh
  • MSc Engineering Geology - University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience