Daniel Barreto Gonzalez

Daniel Barreto Gonzalez

Dr Daniel Barreto Gonzalez PhD, MSc, DIC, FHEA

Lecturer T&S


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. He is also the Head of the Research Centre for Civil Engineering.

Dr Barreto research involves advanced laboratory testing, and the numerical modelling of soil behaviour using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). Recent research projects relate to dissolving soils, cemented soils, behaviour of rubber/sand mixtures, as well as cyclic behaviour of driven piles and climate change effects in soils.

His research has been published widely in both journals and conference proceedings. He is also 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 member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. Dr Barreto is member of the Editorial Panel for Geotechnique, Computers and Geotechnics, ICE Proceedings - Geotechnical Engineering and Heliyon (Elsevier's Open Access Multi-disciplianry Journal).

Research Groups

Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of TC105 – Geomechanics Micro to Macro (Technical Committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering) – United Kingdom Representative


Conference Activity

  • International Scientific Committee Member - 8th International Geotechnical Symposium - Geoteknik 2019
  • International Advisory Panel Member - International Symposium on Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro in Research and Practice - IS-Atlanta 2018
  • Mini-Symposium Co-Chair - Discrete Element Simulations of Granular Materials, 6th European Conference on Computational Mechanics. June 11th - 15th, 2018. Glasgow (U.K.)
  • Conference convenor for RRR (Rain, Rivers, Reservoirs) 2016 Conference held in September 26th-30th 2016 at Heriot-Watt University.
  • Organiser for the 5th Meeting of Teachers of Geotechnical Subjects (MTGS) 2016
  • Local Organising Committee for the International Symposium on Geomechanics Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014. Conference held on September 1st – 3rd, 2014
  • Session leader during the International Symposium on Geomechanics Micro to Macro, IS-Cambridge 2014. Conference held on September 1st – 3rd . Session on DEM modelling of bonded materials and the effect of fine particles on soil behaviour.


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member - Heliyon
  • Editorial Board Member - Computers and Geotechnics
  • Editorial Advisory Panel Member - Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering International Journal


Fellowships and Awards

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


Grant Reviewer

  • Carnegie Research Assessor - The Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland
  • EPSRC Peer Review Associate College Member - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


Invited Speaker

  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) - 6th February 2018: MTA-BME Morphodynamics Seminar: Contact force entropy coordinates – Their relationship with critical states and shearing resistance
  • University of Debrecen (Hungary) - 7th February 2018: Statistical Mechanics Seminar: Contact force entropy of grnaular assemblie sunder one-dimensional compression
  • Invited Speaker - CGED Granular Matter Workshop - Budapest, June 12th 2018
  • Zhejiang University (China) - May 5th 2017: Numerical and experimental research on the behaviour of sand and sand/rubber mixtures
  • Keynote Speaker - Joint European Thermodynamics Conference - JETC 2017 (Granular Materials Special Session)
  • Middle East Technical University (Turkey) - September 11th 2017: Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Workshop
  • Experimental observations on the consolidation behaviour of peat - 12th October 2016 for City University London Geotechnical Seminar Series
  • Anisotropy of soil response from micro to macro - Workshop on Anisotropic, heterogeneous and cellular materials. University of Edinburgh, 12 December 2013
  • Mechanics of mass loss using DEM - 5th International Workshop on Hydro-Physico-Mechanics of Landfills (HPM5), Edinburgh Napier University. 10-11 April 2013
  • ENIGMA at Edinburgh Napier - 1st GEO-EXCEL Workshop - University of Strathclyde. April 2- 3 2012
  • Preliminary micro-mechanical observations in dissolving soils - UK Travelling Workshop in Geomechanics Micro to Macro (GM3). Imperial College London. 18-19 December 2011
  • Symposium on Modelling of granular materials: problems and solutions? - University of Dundee. August 6th, 2010
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) – March 17th , 2014 – Effects of mass loss/dissolution on the mechanical behaviour of granular materials.
  • Zhejiang University of Technology – July 17th, 2015: Lecture on Critical State Soil Mechanics and Cam-Clay Modelling
  • Zhejiang University (China) – May 9th, 2014: Some questions regarding the consolidation behaviour of peat.
  • Zhejiang University of Technology (China) – July 14th, 2015: Lecture on the DEM simulation of instabilities in granular materials
  • University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) – September 3rd, 2015: Invited lecture on “Rain, Rivers, Reservoirs: a geotechnical perspective”


Research Degree External Examining

  • 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



  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soils and Foundations
  • Journal of Mountain Science
  • Acta Geotechnica Slovenica
  • International Journal of Geomechanichs (ASCE)
  • Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • Construction & Building Materials
  • Geomechanics and Geoengineering – An International Journal
  • Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM)
  • Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law
  • Acta Geotechnica
  • Geotechnique Letters
  • KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering
  • Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE)
  • Granular Matter
  • Geomechanics and Engineering
  • European Journal of Engineering Education
  • Geotechnique
  • Particuology
  • Computers & Geotechnics
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal


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