Peter Hobbs

Mr Peter Hobbs

Engineering Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3383

E-mail Peter Hobbs

Boards and committees

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

Research interests

  •  2011 –2015 : 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 –2015 : Coastal cliff recession
  •  1999 –2015 : Surveying using terrestrial LiDAR & dGPS/GNSS
  •  1987 –1995 : Geotechnical properties of tropical red clay soils
  •  1985 –2015 : Aerial photogrammetry using UAV's
  •  1985 –2015 : Swell/shrink of clays, laboratory research, equipment development
  •  1982 –2015 : Geotechnical equipment development
  •  1977 –2015 : Laboratory testing of engineering soils
  •  1977 –2015 : Laboratory testing of rocks
  •  1977 –2015 : Landslide investigation, mapping, research
  •  1977 –1992 : Marine geotechnics

Professional association

  •  1997 –2012 : Chartered Geologist
  •  1987 –2012 : Fellow of the Geological Society
  •  1974 –2012 : Associate Member of Institution of Civil Engineers


  •  1974 –1977 : B.Sc., M.Sc., D.I.C.

Published outputs

  • NERC Open Research Archive — Peter Hobbs
  • Jordan, C., Dijkstra, T., Hobbs, P., King, N., Purser, G., Rochelle, C. & 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.
  • David P. Boon, Jon E. Chambers, Peter R.N. Hobbs, Mathew Kirkham, Andrew J. Merritt, Claire Dashwood, Catherine Pennington, Philip R. Wilby (2015) A combined geomorphological and geophysical approach to characterising relict landslide hazard on the Jurassic Escarpments of Great Britain. Geomorphology248 (2015), pp296-330.
  • D. A. Gunn, J. E. Chambers, P. R. N. Hobbs, J. R. Ford, P. B. Wilkinson, G. O. Jenkins & A. Merritt (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.; 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. & 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.; 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.; Gibson, A.; Jones, L.; Poulton, C.; Jenkins, G.; Pearson, S.; Freeborough, K.. 2010 Monitoring coastal change using terrestrial LiDAR. In: Fleming, Claire; Marsh, Stuart; Giles, Jeremy, (eds.) Elevation models for geoscience. Geological Society of London, 117-127. (Geological Society Special Publications, 345).
  • Hobbs, P.R.N., Kirkham, M. P. & Jones, L.D. (2012) SHRINKiT test results: 2008-2012. British Geological Survey Internal Report IR/12/052.
  • Hobbs, P.R.N., Entwisle, D.C., Northmore, K.J., Jones, L.D., Reeves, H., Self, S., 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.; 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.; 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. & 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.; 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., & 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]

Key papers

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.

Northmore, K.J.; Entwisle, D.C.; Reeves, H.J.; Hobbs, P.R.N.; 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.

Hart, A.B., Ruse, M.E., Hobbs, P.R.N., Efthymiou, M., Khadjicharalambous, K. (2010) “Landslide activity in Paphos District, Cyprus”. IAEG 2010.

Hobbs, Peter; Gibson, Andrew; Koor, N.P.; Rees, John; Price, Simon James; Harrison, Matthew; Jones, Lee; Garcia-Bajo, Marieta; Culshaw, Martin. 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.

  • Hobbs, P.R.N. (2008) Coastal cliff monitoring. Geoconnexions UK, Vol. 6, Issue 3, June/July 2008.
  • Pennington, C.V.L. & Hobbs, P.R.N. (2008) Coastal surveying techniques: case study at Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK. GeoInformatics Magazine, Vol 6, Sep 2008.