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Guillermo Tardio and Dr Slobodan Mickovski

Guillermo Tardio and Dr Slobodan Mickovski

Premier Award Winner 2016
Implementation of eco-engineering design into existing slope stability design practices.

Research Abstract

Published in Ecological Engineering, Vol. 92; pp.138-147, 2016


Eco-engineering techniques involve the use of both plants and inert materials where, in the latter, non-treated wood is usually present. The two different elements will evolve with time and change their mechanical properties. On one hand, the wood will degrade decreasing its effective cross sectional area with time. On the other hand, the live plant material will grow and propagate new roots as time progresses. Both root development and inert material changes must be accounted for in order to realistically simulate a bioengineered slope and design effective eco-engineering solutions.


The dynamic nature of bioengineered works sets different scenarios throughout the slope design life. In this work, we propose an adaptation of the existing routines and procedures of both geotechnical practice and civil engineering design scheme in order to closely reflect the inclusion of bioengineering methods in the classic geotechnical engineering problems. 


By detecting critical points at the design stage, the proposed methodology was proven to offer an improved eco-engineering work design scheme. With the use of the proposed method both external and internal stability checks with their corresponding safety factor values increase with time and there are no conflicts between the two evolving processes involved in this kind of works.

Winner's Bios

Guillermo Tardio

Technical University of Madrid

Guillermo is a researcher at Technical University of Madrid, a Chartered Engineer and he also works as a private consultant engineer. He is trying to develop integrated design schemes by enriching traditional engineering design protocols and routines with ecosystem services and eco-engineering approaches. He has specialist expertise in ground bio- and eco-engineering solutions and erosion protection. He has a broad experience in river restoration and slope stabilization projects. Guillermo holds a PhD and Msc degrees in Forestry Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain).

Dr Slobodan Mickovski

Glasgow Caledonian University

Slobodan is a Reader in Civil Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University, a Chartered Engineer and Scientist. He is trying to bridge the gap between academia and industry and worked on both sides of the divide in Macedonia, Hungary, England, France and Scotland. Specialist expertise in ground bio- and eco-engineering solutions and erosion protection through sustainable use of vegetation including vegetated natural or man-made slopes, green roofs and walls, and natural hazard remediation. Slobodan holds a PhD and MSc degrees from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Macedonia.