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About Andrew Bond

Click to contact Andrew BondDr Andrew John Bond, MA MSc PhD DIC CEng MICE

Andrew Bond is a chartered civil engineer with 30 years' experience in the field of geotechnical engineering design, analysis, and research. He has particular expertise in the behaviour of piled foundations and retaining structures, the design and development of computer software, all aspects of Eurocode 7, and the effective use of the Internet.

In June 2010 Andrew became Chairman of TC250/SC7 (the Eurocode 7 committee), following many years as a UK delegate on the same committee. He is a member of the B/525 and B/526, the BSI committees responsible for British Standards for construction, and is a former member of the UK's National Strategy Committee for the Eurocodes.

Andrew is co-author of the book 'Decoding Eurocode 7' with Andrew Harris; co-author of BSI's publication PP 1990 on the 'Structural Eurocodes'; and co-author of the Concrete Centre's 'How to design concrete structures using Eurocode 2'. He is a former editor of the Procedeedings of the ICE, 'Geotechnical Engineering'.

Andrew gained first class honours from Cambridge University in 1981, before working for WS Atkins and Partners on a variety of civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering projects. He obtained his MSc from Imperial College in 1984 and his PhD in 1989, for pioneering research into the behaviour of driven piles and design of the Imperial College Pile. He joined Geotechnical Consulting Group in 1989, becoming a Director in 1995. While at GCG, he developed the computer programs ReWaRD® (for embedded retaining wall design) and ReActiv® (for reinforced slope design).

Andrew set up his own company, Geocentrix, in 1999, for whom he has developed the pile design program Repute® and delivered a wide range of Eurocode training courses and lectures, both publically and privately. In 2006, he set up Geomantix (with Andrew Harris), to provide specialist geotechnical consultancy services.

Andrew has created several web sites, including those for GCG, the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the British Geotechnical Society, CIRIA's Safegrounds Learning Network, and the Wheretogeo website. He has over 20 years' experience of programming in C++, FORTRAN, HTML, CFML, and XML. From the early 1990s to 2011, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Surrey University, where he taught courses on software engineering, web technologies, and object-oriented programming with C++ to students on engineering and entrepreneurship degree courses.


Andrew Bond has written over two dozen articles, papers, and other publications covering all aspects of his work.

His research into displacement pile behaviour has produced a dozen publications, including two papers in Géotechnique (Bond & Jardine, 1991 & 1995) and two Offshore Technology Reports: Research on the behaviour of displacement piles in a high OCR clay (1990) and Design of piles in sand in the UK sector of the North Sea (1997).

His interest in the Internet involved him writing a regular column for Ground Engineering entitled "Where to geo on the World Wide Web" (1996-to date); and he is also known for his work on software validation, through the Association of Geotechnical Specialists' Guide to the validation and use of geotechnical software (1994) and the Institution of Structural Engineers ' Guidelines for the use of computers in engineering applications (2000). Since has been writing a blog on the Strucrural Eurocodes since May 2006.

Industry involvement

Dr Bond is a past Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers' Geotechnical Engineering Editorial Panel and a former members of the Computer Applications & Methods Panel. He was one of the UK's representatives on CEN TC250/SC7, the sub-committee responsible for the drafting of Eurocode 7. In June 2010 he assumed the role of Chairman of SC7.


Andrew Bond was a Visiting Lecturer at Surrey University for more than 10 years, where he taught a course for final year students on Object-oreiented programming with UML, C++, and the STL. He has given lectures at Kingston University on pile design and at other leading educational establishments, including Cambridge, Newcastle, and Southampton Universities and Imperial College, London.

Personal interests

Andrew Bond is happily married to his wife Jenny and has three children, aged 16-22. He plays hockey for Epsom Hockey Club and has coached the Under-11 to Under-16 Boys' and Girls' sides at Purley-Walcountians Hockey Club, plus the Ladies 1st XI. He was an active member of Epsom Round Table, organizing the Epsom Fireworks Display in 1995 and serving as Chairman in 1996-1997.


Andrew Bond won an Entrance Exhibition to study engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge, from 1978-1981, where he obtained first class honours and an Honorary Scholarship.

From 1981-1983, he worked for WS Atkins & Partners on the design and construction of a large commercial development in Croydon and on the construction of the M25 Chertsey-Wisley Section. In 1983, he won the Atkins Scholarship to study for an MSc in Soil Mechanics at Imperial College, London, where he obtained a Distinction.

After the MSc course, Dr Bond worked for Atkins on the design of embedded retaining walls and tension piles for a deep excavation in central London; and on the design of temporary works for a 5m deep basement in Jersey. He designed the site investigation for a proposed nuclear power station in Wales and supervised a site investigation for the proposed extension to the M20 motorway. He qualified as a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1985.

In 1985 Dr Bond took up the post of Research Assistant at Imperial College, where he studied the behaviour of displacement piles in over consolidated clays. He designed and commissioned the Imperial College Instrumented Pile, which has been used at many sites in Britain and abroad. His research resulted in the publication of numerous papers and a Department of Energy Offshore Technology Report. He won the Unwin Prize in 1989 for the best PhD in civil engineering at Imperial College.

Andrew Bond joined the Geotechnical Consulting Group in 1989, where he was involved in the interpretation of site investigation data from five major sites in Britain, including the National Geotechnical Test-Bed Site at Bothkennar, in Scotland, and the Jubilee Line Extension in London. He was made an Associate Director of GCG in 1992. He won the American Society of Testing and Materials' Hogentogler Award in 1993 for the best paper to be published in an ASTM journal.

While at GCG, Dr Bond designed and wrote two commercial software programs: ReWaRD (for embedded retaining wall design - commissioned by British Steel plc) and ReActiv (for reinforced slope design - commissioned by the UK's Transport Research Laboratory). He was made a Director of GCG in 1995, taking responsibility for the company's IT and marketing strategies.

Dr Bond co-authored a report for the Health and Safety Executive on The design of piles in sand in the UK sector of the North Sea and directed a major study for Shell (UK) Exploration and Production into the thermal conductivity of sea-bed soils, involving a review of the literature and a finite element study of heat flow from buried pipelines.

His final project for GCG was the development of a program (Redoubt) for the design of foundations of low-rise buildings, in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and supported by the UK's Department of Trade and Industry.

Andrew Bond left GCG in 1999 to form a new company, Geocentrix Ltd, to provide software and Internet solutions for geotechnical engineering problems.


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