Dr Stephen Suryasentana

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2020 as a Chancellor's Fellow (Lecturer), and was previously a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. My research is focused on developing innovative offshore geotechnics solutions to prepare for climate change and the coming digitalisation age. This includes developing intelligent modelling tools and novel sensor-based solutions to help engineers improve their decision-making in offshore ground modelling, site investigation planning, foundation design optimisation and installation risk management.

For more details (including past publications), please visit my lab website at http://www.autogeolab.com


Currently available PhD studentships

- A fully-funded ETP PhD studentship in collaboration with Ørsted to develop a statistical framework to integrate geophysical and geotechnical data for ground modelling of offshore wind farms. More details can be found in the findaphd link below:



- A fully-funded EPSRC PhD studentship to develop a low cost, modular sensor framework to de-risk suction caisson installation for offshore wind. More details can be found in the findaphd link below:



Research Opportunities

I am currently accepting undergraduate/Masters final year project students and PhD applicants who are interested in working in the areas of Bayesian machine learning in geotechnical engineering, offshore soil-structure interaction and automated ground modelling, amongst others (see list of research interests below). If you are interested in doing research with me, please contact me by email with your background and an outline of your proposed research topic.



A systematic framework for formulating convex failure envelopes in multiple loading dimensions
Suryasentana Stephen K, Burd Harvey J, Byrne Byron W, Shonberg Avi
Geotechnique Vol 70, pp. 343-353 (2020)
Assessment of numerical procedures for determining shallow foundation failure envelopes
Suryasentana Stephen K, Dunne Helen P, Martin Christopher M, Burd Harvey J, Byrne Byron W, Shonberg Avi
Géotechnique Vol 70, pp. 60-70 (2020)
An elastoplastic 1D winkler model for suction caisson foundations under combined loading
Suryasentana S K, Byrne B W, Burd H J, Shonberg A
Numerical methods in geotechnical engineering IX 9th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering, NUMGE 2018 Numerical methods in geotechnical engineering IX Vol 2, pp. 973-980 (2018)
Weighting functions for the stiffness of circular surface footings on multi-layered non-homogeneous elastic half-spaces under general loading
Suryasentana Stephen K, Byrne Byron W, Burd Harvey J, Shonberg Avi
19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE 2017, pp. 2057-2060 (2017)
Updated CPT-based p–y formulation for laterally loaded piles in cohesionless soil under static loading
Suryasentana S K, Lehane B M
Geotechnique Vol 66, pp. 445-453 (2016)
Numerical derivation of CPT-based p-y curves for piles in sand
Suryasentana S K, Lehane B M
Geotechnique Vol 64, pp. 186-194 (2014)

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Research interests

Probabilistic machine learning:

  • Gaussian Process
  • Bayesian Changepoint detection
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)

Offshore soil-structure interaction:

  • Development of simplified design methods for foundations
  • Finite element modelling of soil-structure interaction
  • Thermodynamically-consistent soil constitutive modelling
  • Surrogate/Reduced-order modelling

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