Peter Hobbs

Mr Peter Hobbs

Engineering Geologist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3383

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  • 1974 –1977 : B.Sc., M.Sc., D.I.C.

Boards and committees

  • 1999 –2004 : Clay Working Party, Geological Society
  • 1992 –1994 : Engineering Group of the Geological Society

Key papers

  • 2014 –2014 : Hobbs, P R N, Jones, L D, Kirkham, M P, Roberts, P, Haslam, E P, and Gunn, D A. 2014. A new apparatus for determining the shrinkage limit of clay soils. Géotechnique, 64, No.3, pp195-203.
  • 2011 –2011 : Northmore, K J, Entwisle, D C, Reeves, H J, Hobbs, P R N, and Culshaw, M G. 2011. The relevance of lithostratigraphy in the assessment and investigation of engineering ground conditions in UK mudstones = la pertinence du lithostratigraphy dans l'evaluation et la recherche sur les conditions au sol de technologie en argilite UK. In: 15th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering ECSMGE, Athens, Greece, 12-15 Sept 2011.
  • 2009 –2010 : Hart, A B, Ruse, M E, Hobbs, P R N, Efthymiou, M, and Khadjicharalambous, K. 2010. "Landslide activity in Paphos District, Cyprus". IAEG 2010.
  • 2008 –2008 : Hobbs, P, Gibson, A, Koor, N P,; Rees, J, Price, S J, Harrison, M, Jones, L, Garcia-Bajo, M, and Culshaw, M. 2008. Improved modelling and communication of urban risks : case studies from the United Kingdom and South-East Asia. In: European econference of the International Association for Engineering geology, Madrid, Spain, 15-20 Sept 2008.

Professional association

  • 1997 –2017 : Chartered Geologist
  • 1987 –2017 : Fellow of the Geological Society
  • 1974 –2017 : Associate Member of Institution of Civil Engineers

Published outputs

  • NERC Open Research Archive — Peter Hobbs
  • Dijkstra, T, Reeves, H, Freeborough, K, Dashwood, C, Pennington, C, Jordan, H, Hobbs, P, Richardson, J, Banks, V, Cole, S, Wells, S, and Moore, R. 2017. A water balance approach to enhance national (GB) Daily Landslide Hazard Assessments. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 23-28th April 2017, Orals SSS9.5/NH3.13.
  • Jordan, H, Boon, D, Dashwood, C, Dijkstra, T, Freeborough, K, Hobbs, P, Jenkins, G, Lee, K, Pennington, C, and Reeves, H. 2016. Landslide mapping for susceptibility and hazard assessment: North York Moors, UK. In: Landslides & Engineered Slopes: Experience, Theory & Practice. Avessa et al., (eds.), 2016, Assoc. Geotechnica Italiana, Rome, Italy, pp1159-1167.
  • Jordan, C, Dijkstra, T, Hobbs, P, King, N, Purser, G, Rochelle, C, and Traut, K. 2016. Research and application of small unmanned aerial vehicles for terrestrial & atmospheric geoscience at the British Geological Survey. Small UAS for Environmental Research Conference. Univ. of Worcester, 28th-29th June, 2016.
  • Boon, D P, Chambers, J E, Hobbs, P R N, Kirkham, M, Merritt, A J, Dashwood, C, Pennington, C, and Wilby, P R. 2015. A combined geomorphological and geophysical approach to characterising relict landslide hazard on the Jurassic Escarpments of Great Britain. Geomorphology248 (2015), pp296-330.
  • Gunn, D A, Chambers, J E, Hobbs, P R N, Ford, J R, Wilkinson, P B, Jenkins, G O, and Merritt, A. 2013. Rapid observations to guide the design of systems for long-term monitoring of a complex landslide in the Upper Lias clays of North Yorkshire, UK, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology. pp2011-2028
  • Foster, C.; Reeves, H.J.; Pennington, C.; Hobbs, P.R.N.; Culshaw, M.G.; Plim, J.; Smith, J.T.; MacCulloch, F.; Queen, G.; Winter, M.G.. 2012 Landslide hazard assessment and characterisation for forestry asset management in Great Britain. In: Eberhart, E., (ed.) Landslides and Engineered Slopes : Protecting Society through Improved Understanding. CRC Press, 6pp.
  • Lee, J R, Pennington, C V L, and Hobbs, P R N. 2011. "Trimingham: structural architecture of the Cromer Ridge Push Moraine complex and controls for landslide geohazards" In: Phillips, E, Lee, J R, and Evans, H M, (eds.) Glacitectonics: field guide. Quaternary Research Association, pp218-227. (QRA field guides).
  • Dijkstra, T A, Chandler, J H, Wackrow, R, Meng, X M, Ma, D T, Gibson, A, Whitworth, M, Foster, C, Lee, K, Hobbs, P R N, Reeves, H J, and Wasowski, J. 2011. "Geomorphic controls and debris flows – The 2010 Zhouqu disaster, China" 11th Int & 2nd North American Symp. on Landslides (ISL-NASL) Conf. 2012.
  • Busby, J P, Entwisle, D, Hobbs, P, Jackson, P, Johnson, N, Lawley, R, Linley, K, Mayr, T, Palmer, R, Raines, M, Reeves, H, Tucker, S, and Zawadzka, J. 2012. A GIS for the planning of electrical earthing. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 45 (3). 379-390. 10.1144/​1470-9236/​11-023
  • Hobbs, P R N, Kirkham, M P, and Jones, L D. 2012. SHRINKiT test results: 2008-2012. British Geological Survey Internal Report IR/12/052.
  • Hobbs, P, Gibson, A, Jones, L, Poulton, C, Jenkins, G, Pearson, S, and Freeborough, K. 2010. Monitoring coastal change using terrestrial LiDAR. In: Fleming, C, Marsh, S, Giles, and J, (eds.) Elevation models for geoscience. Geological Society of London, 117-127. (Geological Society Special Publications, 345).
  • Hobbs, P R N, Entwisle, D C, Northmore, K J, Jones, L D, Reeves, H, Self, S , and Slater, M. 2008. Engineering geology of London. British Geological Survey, Report No. OR/08/062.
  • Barron, A J M, Sheppard, T H, Gallois, R W, Hobbs, P R N, and Smith, N J P. 2011. Geology of the Bath district : a brief explanation of the geological map sheet 265 Bath. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 35pp. (Explanation (England & Wales Sheet) British Geological Survey, 265).
  • Hobbs, P R N, Entwisle, D C, Northmore, K J, Sumbler, M G, Jones, L D, Kemp, S, Self, S, Barron, M, and Meakin, J L. 2012. Engineering geology of British rocks and soils : Lias Group. British Geological Survey, 323pp. (OR/12/032)
  • Hobbs, P R N, Jones, L D, Roberts, P, and Haslam, E. 2010. SHRINKiT: Automated measurement of shrinkage limit for clay soils. British Geological Survey Internal Report IR/10/077.
  • Hobbs, P R N, Pennington, C V L, Pearson, S G, Jones, L D, Foster, C, Lee, J R, and Gibson, A. 2008. Slope dynamics project report : Norfolk Coast (2000 - 2006). Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 166pp. (OR/08/018) (Unpublished)
  • Reeves, G M, Sims, I, and Cripps, J C, (eds.) 2006. Clay Materials Used in Construction. The Geological Society, Engineering Geology Special Publication. No. 21. [Hobbs, P. contributed Chapter 6, and parts of Chapter 4 & Appendix]

Research interests

  • 2011 –2017 : 2012 Development of coastal erosion/landsliding field laboratory at Aldbrough, Holderness. Includes downhole instrumentation (digital piezometers, inclinometers) and weather station [Project Leader].
  • 2009 –2015 : 2010 – 2011 Development of BGS ‘Centre of Excellence’ for Physical Properties: Commissioning and testing of MTS 815 Rock Mechanics testing system. Development of equipment handling facilities for Triaxial cell and UCS test assembly [Co-instigator].
  • 1999 –2017 : Coastal cliff recession
  • 1999 –2017 : Surveying using terrestrial LiDAR & dGPS/GNSS
  • 1987 –1995 : Geotechnical properties of tropical red clay soils
  • 1985 –2017 : Aerial photogrammetry using UAV's
  • 1985 –2017 : Swell/shrink of clays, laboratory research, equipment development
  • 1982 –2017 : Geotechnical equipment development
  • 1977 –2017 : Laboratory testing of engineering soils
  • 1977 –2017 : Laboratory testing of rocks
  • 1977 –2017 : Landslide investigation, mapping, research
  • 1977 –1992 : Marine geotechnics
  • Hobbs, P R N. 2008. Coastal cliff monitoring. Geoconnexions UK, Vol. 6, Issue 3, June/July 2008.
  • Pennington, C V L, and Hobbs, P R N. 2008. Coastal surveying techniques: case study at Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK. GeoInformatics Magazine, Vol 6, Sep 2008.