Daniel Barreto Gonzalez

Daniel Barreto Gonzalez

Dr Daniel Barreto Gonzalez

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. Dr Barreto is a prolific reviewer. 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.

Research Groups

Research Areas



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


Fellowships and Awards

  • ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics - Outstanding Reviewer 2015
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland - Member
  • ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics - Outstanding Reviewer 2016
  • Certified Sentinel of Science Award 2016
  • 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
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)


Invited Speaker

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) – March 17th , 2014 – Effects of mass loss/dissolution on the mechanical behaviour of granular materials.
  • Experimental observations on the consolidation behaviour of peat - 12th October 2016 for City University London Geotechnical Seminar Series
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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”
  • 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


Conference Activity

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Conference convenor for RRR (Rain, Rivers, Reservoirs) 2016 Conference held in September 26th-30th 2016 at Heriot-Watt University.
  • International Advisory Panel Member - International Symposium on Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro in Research and Practice - IS-Atlanta 2018


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


Grant Reviewer

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


Editorial Activity

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


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner - University of Bristol - September 19th, 2017: Grzegorz Andrzej Bialowas - Time and stress dependent mechanical properties of reconstituted chalk
  • PhD External Examiner - University of Sheffield, August 1st, 2018: Nicola Lazenby - The behaviour of clay surrounding pile foundation heat exchangers


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