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Andrea Franza

Assistant Professor (tenure track)

Andrea Franza

Dr Andrea Franza is Assistant Professor in Geotechnical Engineering.

Andrea studied Civil Engineering for his BSc and MSc at the Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy) and has a PhD [2016] from the University of Nottingham (UK) on the effect of tunnelling on piled structures. He joined the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge (UK) [2016-2018] and, then, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) [2018-2020] as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow. Next, he moved to Aarhus University where he is currently a member of the Geotechnical Group AU.

His activity spans the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering. For this, he made use of reduced-scale physical testing, analytical and numerical modelling, and field monitoring.

He is currently Nominated Member fo the Technical Committee 204 Underground Construction ISSMGE on behalf of the Danish Geotechnical Society.

Main research areas

  • Infrastructure geotechnics and soil-structure-interaction
  • Mechanics of tunnels and pile foundations under complex loads
  • Offshore geotechnical engineering
  • Underground construction and energy storage

Research opportunities

Contact Andrea if you are interested in joining the Geotechnical Research Group AU 

  • by applying for competitive scholarships and fellowships; in particular, Andrea is experienced in supporting applicants for the Chinese Scholarship Council and the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship;
  • as visiting PhD student or Postdoc;
  • as industry partner proposing MSc/PhD projects.

MSc and BSc thesis projects

Topics of interest 

  • Monitoring data-driven and analytical alarm system for excessive ground deformations caused by deep-excavations [in collaboration with Dr Stefan Ritter from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute] 
  • Pile group and piled raft foundations subjected to negative friction effects and/or complex external loads
  • The response of buildings and existing tunnels to excavations and subsidence
  • Optimised design of pile and raft foundations subjected to basal heave
  • Buried underground structures for energy storage
  • Foundations for offshore wind turbines: deep and hybrid concepts  



  • BSc Deep foundations, excavations and embankments
  • MSc Advanced geotechnical design

Workshops and supervision

  • BSc Integrated design of infrastructural structures/buildings

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