Dr Helen Reeves

Dr Helen Reeves

Head of Science for Land Use, Planning and Development

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3381

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Helen is an engineering geologist who before joining BGS worked for a number of UK-based ground investigation companies (Ian Farmer Associates and Dunelm Geotechnical & Environmental). She is an experienced engineering geologist with experience in engineering geological mapping, rock mass characterisation, landslide mapping, landslide assessment and geomechanics. She gained her undergraduate Geological Sciences degree from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Engineering Geology and a PhD from the University of Durham. Helen is also the UK President of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment; a Council Member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London; a Fellow of the Geological Society of London; and a Member of The British Geotechnical Association.


  •  2009 –2010 : Facility Leader, Physical Properties Laboratories
  •  2008 – ongoing : Head of Science for Land Use, Planning and Development
  •  2007 –2009 : Team Leader, Geo-Engineering Properties and Processes, in the Physical Hazards Programme
  •  2005 –2009 : Lead researcher for Engineering Geological Data Layers in BGS's Parent Material Map of the UK
  •  2004 –2007 : Lead Researcher for Cambering and Valley Bulging research task
  •  2004 –2008 : Lead researcher, Geochemical Rock Testing component of EU research project into CO2 storage in oil/gas reservoirs
  •  2004 –2006 : Management of Glossop Landslide Mapping Project
  •  2002 –2006 : Project Manager of BGS's Engineering Geology Mersey Coridoor Research Project
  •  2001 –2002 : Part-Time/Temporary Logging Engineer, Dunelm Geotechnical & Environmental – Durham
  •  1998 –2002 : PhD Durham University, Dept. of Geological Sciences. PhD in borehole geophysical imaging data, fractures, in situ stress & hydrogeology. Thesis Title: “The Effect of Stress & Fractures on Fluid Flow in Crystalline Rocks, Cumbria, UK”. Supervisors - Dr. R. Holdsworth (Dept. Geological Sciences, Durham University), Dr C.J Evans (BGS) & Dr. S.F. Rogers (Golder Associates).
  •  1998 –1988 : Summer Work Placement UKAEA - Dounreay site. Member of the Dounreay Waste Strategy & Studies Department.
  •  1997 –1998 : MSc Engineering Geology, Durham University, School of Engineering. Dissertation Title: “Geotechnical Aspects of a Waste Disposal Shaft, Dounreay, Caithness, Scotland”.
  •  1995 –1995 : Summer/holiday work Ian Farmer Associates Ltd.- Newcastle Office. Member of the Laboratory team.
  •  1994 –1997 : BSc (Hons) Geological Sciences Leeds University, Dept. of Earth Sciences

Research interests

  • Engineering geological & geotechnical properties in urban areas
  • Engineering geological & geotechnical properties of Tills
  • Engineering geological mapping
  • Investigating the processes & spatial distribution of shallow geohazards in the UK (particularly landslides & subsidence)
  • Rock mass characterisation & geomechanics

Professional association

  • Fellow of The Geological Society of Great Britain
  • Member of The British Geotechnical Association (Associate Member Institution of Civil Engineers)
  • Member of The Society of Professional Well Log Analysts

Boards and committees

  •  2011 – ongoing : Council Member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London
  •  2011 – ongoing : UK President of the International Association of Engineering Geology & the Environment
  •  2006 – ongoing : Council Member of The Yorkshire Geological Society

Current projects and collaboration

  • Developing novel techniques and methodologies to monitor and model engineering geological, geotechnical, geophysical and geochemical properties in the urban environment
  • Investigate engineering geological, geotechnical and geophysical properties of the UK land mass.

Published outputs