Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
Daniel Barreto Gonzalez

Dr Daniel Barreto Gonzalez PhD, MSc, DIC, FHEA

Lecturer T&S

Biography

Personal Website: https://www.dbgeotechnics.co.uk/
Google Scholar: https://tinyurl.com/mr2jeknw
ResearchGate: https://tinyurl.com/2552svpw
Research Group Website: https://www.gm2m.uk/

Dr Barreto completed his first degree in Civil Engineering at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) in 2003. After a 2-year period of work in industry as Civil and Geotechnical Engineer, he completed a MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology (2005), and a PhD in Soil Mechanics (2010), both at Imperial College London. Since 2009 Dr Barreto has worked at Edinburgh Napier University where he is Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering and Lead for the Geomechanics Micro-to-Macro Research Group (GM2M).

Dr Barreto research involves advanced laboratory testing, and the numerical modelling of soil behaviour using the Discrete Element Method (DEM), a numerical technique that accounts for the particulate nature of granular materials. He is a world leader in the use of DEM for geotechnical applications and is particularly interested on particle size distribution and particle shape effects on granular materials, as well as the use of AI and machine learning techniques to enhance DEM simulation.

His research has been published extensively in both journals and conference proceedings, and he is contributing author for the textbook "Geotechnical Engineering Design" published by Wiley in 2015. He is also UK member for the technical committee TC105 (Geomechanics micro to macro) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and (Emeritus) member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. Dr Barreto has been member of the Editorial Panel for Geotechnique, Computers and Geotechnics, ICE Proceedings - Geotechnical Engineering, amongst others. He is also founding and current member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Scottish Universities Press.

Dr Barreto's research has been funded by Scottish Funding Council, the British Council, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as several industrial partners. Currently Dr Barreto is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering Leverhulme Trust. This Fellowship has enabled Dr Barreto to focus on research related to machine learning and DEM for the simulation of soils whilst providing funding for a replacement academic. Last but not least, Dr Barreto is the Action Chair of the Open Network on DEM Simulations (https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA22132/). This is a 4-year project funded by COST that provides approximately €600k to support networking activities amongst 200+ ON-DEM members from all European states, and a vast range of research fields, backgrounds and experience. ON-DEM aims to promote the industrial utilisation of open-source DEM codes and the scientific advances required for the next generation of DEM simulation of large-scale problems.

Themes

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Corresponding Member: TC221 – Tailings and Mining Wastes (Technical Committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering)
  • UK Nominated Member: TC105 – Geomechanics Micro to Macro (Technical Committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering)

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Session Chair: Session 6a on Finite Element/Finite Difference/Discrete Element/Material Point MethodsNumerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering 2023 (NUMGE) - Imperial College London - June 26th-28th
  • Technical Advisory Panel Member: Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering 2023 (NUMGE) - Imperial College London - June 26th-28th
  • International Advisory Committee Member: SCG-XIII International Symposium on Landlsides, Colombia - June 15th-19th-2020
  • International Scientific Committee Member: 8th International Geotechnical Symposium - Geoteknik 2019, Turkey
  • Session Chair: GM3 - UK Travelling Workshop in Geomechanics Micro-to-Macro - Glasgow: December 16th - 17th
  • Session Chair: Laboratory Experimental Techniques: Particle Scale and Fabric -IS-Glasgow 2019, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials.
  • Co-Chair: Mini-symposium on Characterisation and Modelling of Particle Shape at EMI2020 (International Conference of American Society of Civil Engineers' Engineering Mechanics Institute ), Durham University, UK
  • Mini-Symposium Co-Chair: Discrete Element Simulations of Granular Materials, 6th European Conference on Computational Mechanics. June 11th - 15th, 2018. Glasgow (U.K.)
  • International Advisory Panel Member: International Symposium on Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro in Research and Practice - IS-Atlanta 2018
  • Conference Chair/organiser: 5th Meeting of Teachers of Geotechnical Subjects (MTGS) 2016. Hosted by Edinburgh Napier University
  • Conference convenor: Rain, Rivers, Reservoirs 2016. Conference held in September 26th-30th 2016 at Heriot-Watt University.
  • Local Organising Committee Member: International Symposium on Geomechanics Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014. September 1st – 3rd, 2014
  • Session Chair: Session on DEM modelling of bonded materials and the effect of fine particles on soil behaviour. International Symposium on Geomechanics Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014. September 1st – 3rd .
  • Conference Chairman/Organiser: 10th UK Travelling Workshop in Geomechanics Micro-to-Macro, GM3 (December 2012)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member: Frontiers in Built Environment - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Editorial Board and Founding Member: Scottish Universities Press
  • Themed Issue Co-Editor: "Numerical modelling of large strain deformation in geotechnical engineering" in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Advisory Panel Member: Géotechnique
  • Co-Editor: Geological Society Special Publication - "The geoengineering approach to the study of rivers and reservoirs"
  • Editorial and Advisory Board Member: Heliyon
  • Advisory Panel Member: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering International Journal
  • Editorial Board Member: Computers and Geotechnics

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner: MSc Civil Engineering, Leeds Beckett University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer: Computers and Geotechnics - 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer: ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics , 2018
  • Peer Review Award: Publons - As one of the top 1% of peer reviewers in Enginnering, 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer: ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, 2017
  • Peer Review Awards: As one of the top 1% of peer reviewers in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2017
  • Certified Sentinel of Science Award: Publons, 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer: ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer: ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, 2015
  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Reviewer

  • STEMM Sub-Committee Panel Member: Royal Society of Edinburgh - Research Awards
  • Full Member: Peer Review College. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Research Assessor: The Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland
  • Associate Member: Peer Review College. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

 

Invited Speaker

  • Seminar Speaker: "An introduction to Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulations – Benefits, pitfalls and other thoughts" - National Institute of Technology, Patna (India) - April 12th, 2024
  • Conference Talk: The Open Network on DEM Simulations (ON-DEM) - COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING IN RAW MATERIAL PROCESSING AND PARTICULATE MEDIA INDUSTRIES, Montan Universitat Leoben - January 25th, 2024
  • Conference Talk: "The effect of particle shape, particle size, and multiple inter-particle contacts on the DEM modelling of water meniscii for coarse-grained materials" - 9th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods (DEM9). Erlangen/Germany. September 17th –21st, 2023.
  • Conference Talk: "The computation of soil water retention curves from particle size distributions: assessing the assumptions" - . NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF GEOMATERIALS - Symposium dedicated to the memory of Prof. G.N. Pande Assisi, Italy, 10-12 May, 2023
  • Seminar Speaker: The computation of soil water retention curves from particle size distributions: assessing the assumptions - Workshop on physics and -models of granular materials - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, August 24th, 2023
  • Themed Session Speaker: "Open Network on DEM simulation" - Mini-symposium: The future of open-source DEM. Part of 9th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods (DEM9). Erlangen/Germany. September 17th –21st, 2023.
  • Seminar Speaker: Soil particle size distribution and its relationship with geotechnical properties - Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (Spain). November 15th, 2023
  • Keynote Speaker: "Particle shape, volume and suction control effects on the DEM modelling of water menisci at inter-particle contacts" - ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute International Conference 2021. Granular Materials Special Session. March 22nd – 24th, 2021 (Online)
  • Seminar Speaker: "Granulometría: un enfoque estadístico y su relación con algunas propiedades geotécnicas".Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, May 19th, 2021.
  • Seminar Speaker: "Case studies in using internal stability criterion to characterize piping and dispersive soils". Deltares - EWG-IE Workshop on Internal erosion at the field scale, February 4th, 2021
  • Seminar Speaker: Online webinar - "Publishing your research (for Chinese authors)". ICE Publishing, November 5th, 2020:
  • Seminar Speaker: : "Energy and geotechnics - Micro to Macro". Academic Engagement Workshop - Energy Technology Partnership. University of St. Andrews, February 12th, 2020
  • Award Lecture: "The statistics of particle size distributions, inter-particle contact forces and their relationship with geotechnical properties". Zhejiang University (China). 32th Lecture at the Geotechnical Forum. May 21st, 2019
  • Seminar Speaker: "Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) for large strain problems in Geotechnical Engineering". Kasetsart University (Thailand) - January 28th, 2019.
  • Seminar Talk: "Mass loss in soils – Influence of soluble particle size and amount as observed in experiments and DEM simulations". Tianjin University (China), May 31st, 2019.
  • Seminar Talk: "An Introduction to Soil Mechanics". Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, China. May 27th, 2019
  • Seminar Talk: "The statistics of particle size distributions, inter-particle contact forces and their relationship with geotechnical properties". Tianjin University (China) - May 30th, 2019.
  • Seminar Speaker: "Contact force entropy coordinates – Their relationship with critical states and shearing resistance". Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). MTA-BME Morphodynamics Seminar. 6th February 2018.
  • Seminar Speaker: "Contact force entropy of granular assemblies under one-dimensional compression". Statistical Mechanics Seminar. University of Debrecen (Hungary) - 7th February 2018
  • Seminar Speaker - CGED Granular Matter Workshop - Budapest, Hungary. June 12th 2018
  • Seminar Speaker: "The behaviour of driven piles in sand - A DEM perspective". Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Workshop. Middle East Technical University (Turkey) - September 11th, 2017
  • Seminar Speaker: "Numerical and experimental research on the behaviour of sand and sand/rubber mixtures". Zhejiang University (China). May 5th, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker: "Grading entropy - Particle size distributions and mechanical properties of soils". Joint European Thermodynamics Conference - JETC 2017 (Granular Materials Special Session). May 23rd, 2017
  • Seminar Speaker: "Experimental observations on the consolidation behaviour of peat". Geotechnical Seminar Series. City University London. 12th October 2016
  • Seminar Speaker: "DEM simulation of instabilities in granular materials". Zhejiang University of Technology (China) – July 14th, 2015.
  • Seminar Speaker: "Critical State Soil Mechanics and Cam-Clay Modelling". Zhejiang University of Technology – July 17th, 2015
  • Conference Talk: “Rain, Rivers, Reservoirs: a geotechnical perspective”. RRR Conference. University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) – September 3rd, 2015.
  • Seminar Speaker: "Some questions regarding the consolidation behaviour of peat". Zhejiang University (China) – May 9th, 2014.
  • Seminar Speaker: "Effects of mass loss/dissolution on the mechanical behaviour of granular materials". Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) – March 17th , 2014.
  • Conference Talk: "Anisotropy of soil response from micro to macro". Workshop on Anisotropic, heterogeneous and cellular materials. University of Edinburgh, 12 December 2013
  • Conference Talk: "Mechanics of mass loss using DEM". 5th International Workshop on Hydro-Physico-Mechanics of Landfills (HPM5), Edinburgh Napier University. 10-11 April 2013
  • Conference Talk: "ENIGMA at Edinburgh Napier". 1st GEO-EXCEL Workshop - University of Strathclyde. April 2- 3 2012
  • Conference Talk: "Preliminary micro-mechanical observations in dissolving soils". UK Travelling Workshop in Geomechanics Micro to Macro (GM3). Imperial College London. 18-19 December 2011
  • Conference Talk: "DEM for understanding of geotechnical problems". Symposium on Modelling of granular materials: problems and solutions? - University of Dundee. August 6th, 2010

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Emeritus Member: Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland
  • Member: Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland
  • Member: International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Member: British Geotechnical Association
  • Member: International Society of Rock Mechanics

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD (Candidacy) External Examiner: Universidad de Chile - May 15th, 2023: Javier Necochea - Assessment of the role of particle shape in cyclic behaviour of granular soil by micromechanical modeling
  • PhD External Examiner: University of Sheffield - April 23rd, 2021: Hang Li - Novel approaches to modelling discrete particle systems
  • PhD External Examiner: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) - February 11th, 2021: Mario Trujillo - Modelling of debris flows with large boulders
  • PhD (Candidacy) External Examiner: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) - June 26th, 2020: Mario Trujillo - Modelling of debris flows with large boulders
  • PhD External Examiner: University of Edinburgh - September 10th, 2019: Joel Keishing - Investigating the micromechanics of granular soils subjected to cyclic loading using discrete element method
  • PhD External Examiner: University of Sheffield, August 1st, 2018: Nicola Lazenby - The behaviour of clay surrounding pile foundation heat exchangers
  • PhD External Examiner: University of Bristol - September 19th, 2017: Grzegorz Andrzej Bialowas - Time and stress dependent mechanical properties of reconstituted chalk

 

Reviewing

  • Journal Reviewer: Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transactions of Civil Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer: Computational Particle Mechanics
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Sound and Vibration
  • Journal Reviewer: Revista Facultad de Ingenieria - Universidad de Antioquia
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer: Goetextiles and Geomembranes
  • Journal Reviewer: Construction and Building Materials
  • Journal Reviewer: Marine Georesources & Geotechnology
  • Journal Reviewer: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer: Soils and Foundations
  • Journal Reviewer: Construction & Building Materials
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • Journal Reviewer: Acta Geotechnica Slovenica
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Geomechanichs (ASCE)
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Mountain Science
  • Journal Reviewer: Geomechanics and Geoengineering – An International Journal
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM)
  • Journal Reviewer: KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer: Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law
  • Journal Reviewer: Acta Geotechnica
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE)
  • Journal Reviewer: Geotechnique Letters
  • Journal Reviewer: Granular Matter
  • Journal Reviewer: Geotechnique
  • Journal Reviewer: Geomechanics and Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer: Particuology
  • Journal Reviewer: European Journal of Engineering Education
  • Journal Reviewer: Computers & Geotechnics
  • Journal Reviewer: Canadian Geotechnical Journal

 

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Exploring the Use of Rock Flour for Sustainable Peat Stabilisation

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., Coll, J., Leak, J., & Barreto, D. (2024)
Exploring the Use of Rock Flour for Sustainable Peat Stabilisation. In Geo-Congress 2024: Soil Improvement, Sustainability, Geoenvironmental, and Cold Regions Engineering (450-460). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784485330.046
This paper aims to investigate the mechanical behaviour of peat stabilised with glacial rock flour for foundation construction. Peat, a natural organic soil, presents challeng...

A Grading Entropy Review of PSD-Based Frost Susceptibility Criteria

Conference Proceeding
Leak, J., Barreto, D., Wright, C., Bernal Sanchez, J., & Imre, E. (2024)
A Grading Entropy Review of PSD-Based Frost Susceptibility Criteria. In T. M. Evans, N. Stark, & S. Chang (Eds.), Geo-Congress 2024: Soil Improvement, Sustainability, Geoenvironmental, and Cold Regions Engineering (714-724). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784485330.072
Particle size distribution (PSD) is recognised among geotechnical engineers as an informative soil descriptor, and often used to predict geomechanical behaviours. However, the...

Using grain size distribution to estimate permeability

Conference Proceeding
Imre, E., Bálint, Á., Houng, D. T. Q., López, L. L., Répássy, L., Mwinken, D. K., …Feng, S. (in press)
Using grain size distribution to estimate permeability. In Proceedings of the XVIII ECSMGE 2024
This study examines the saturated water permeability using samples of loose and dense 2-fraction coarse sand mixtures. Besides the non-normalised entropy variables some additi...

Model Fitting for Determining the Parameter of the Pore Size Distribution

Conference Proceeding
Imre, E., Mwinken, D. K., & Barreto, D. (2023)
Model Fitting for Determining the Parameter of the Pore Size Distribution. In Book of Abstracts from 9th International Scientific Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering (43
The computation of the SWCC requires prior estimation of the pore-size distribution (POSD) which is computed from the PSD. The process described in detail by [1-3]. It needs a...

Particle size distribution induced fabric effects on the onset and post liquefaction behaviours of soils

Conference Proceeding
Leak, J., & Barreto, D. (in press)
Particle size distribution induced fabric effects on the onset and post liquefaction behaviours of soils. In Proceedings of the XVIII ECSMGE 2024
Liquefaction in soils is a detrimental phenomenon. Microscale behaviours and their influence on the macroscale response during and after the onset of liquefaction are not well...

The use of grading entropy in assessing granular soil hydraulic conductivity

Conference Proceeding
Feng, S., Vardanega, P., Ibraim, E., Barreto, D., & Imre, E. (2023)
The use of grading entropy in assessing granular soil hydraulic conductivity. In A. Zhussupbekov, A. Sarsembayeva, & V. N. Kaliakin (Eds.), Smart Geotechnics for Smart Societies: Proceedings of the 17th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (17th ARC, Astana, Kazakhstan, 14-18 August, 2023) (314-319). https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003299127-28
Hydraulic conductivity is an important geotechnical engineering property as it is linked to the performance of many geo-structures. This study used a recently compiled granula...

Minimum dry density in terms of grading entropy coordinates

Conference Proceeding
Imre, E., Barreto, D., Datcheva, M., Singh, V. P., Baillie, W., Feng, S., & Firgi, T. (2023)
Minimum dry density in terms of grading entropy coordinates. In A. Zhussupbekov, A. Sarsembayeva, & V. N. Kaliakin (Eds.), Smart Geotechnics for Smart Societies: Proceedings of the 17th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (17th ARC, Astana, Kazakhstan, 14-18 August, 2023) (402-406). https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003299127-42
In this paper, the grading entropy method is applied together with advanced interpolation methods in order to establish empirical relationships between grading entropy coordin...

Quantifying Particle Breakage and Its Evolution Using Breakage Indices and Grading Entropy Coordinates

Journal Article
Leak, J., Barreto, D., Dimitriadi, V., & Imre, E. (2022)
Quantifying Particle Breakage and Its Evolution Using Breakage Indices and Grading Entropy Coordinates. Geotechnics, 2(4), 1109-1126. https://doi.org/10.3390/geotechnics2040052
Particle breakage in soils is a well-recognised behaviour. Conventional methods for quantifying the breakage process rely on calculating the area between the particle size dis...

Dynamic Behaviour of a Geotechnical Seismic Isolation System with Rubber-Sand Mixtures to Enhance Seismic Protection

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., McDougall, J., Miranda-Manzanares, M., & Barreto, D. (2022)
Dynamic Behaviour of a Geotechnical Seismic Isolation System with Rubber-Sand Mixtures to Enhance Seismic Protection. In Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering & Seismology (2674-2683
A Geotechnical Seismic Isolation (GSI) system is proposed in this study based on the use of Rubber-Soil mixtures (RSm) to facilitate the benefits of dynamic soil-foundation st...

The permeability variables of granular matter

Conference Proceeding
Imre, E., Illes, Z., Balint, A., Gonzales, H., Repassy, L., Quynh Huong, D. T., …Singh, V. P. (2022)
The permeability variables of granular matter. In VIth International Symposium-2022 on “Biosphere & Environmental Safety” Proceedings Book (201-208
No “unique” relation between soil parameters and grading curves of granular matter can be elaborated. In case some statistics are used (e.g., d10), then infinite many grading ...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • MSc. Supervision: Yihong Xie. Zhejiang University. 2012 - 2014
  • PhD Supervision: Mingdong Jiang. Zhejiang University, China. 2016-2020
  • MSc Supervision: Lorin Bosoc. University of Newcastle. 2015 - 2016
  • PhD Supervision: Sadegh Nadimi. City University London. 2014-2017
  • MSc Supervision: Elias Amireh. University of Newcastle. 2013 - 2014