School of Engineering
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A Geotechnical Engineer by background with 23 years as a Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader and Academic Coordinator across the School of Engineering, and with 21 years in Civil Engineering Contracting, Geotechnical and Environmental Consultancy.
Has led developments in Civil Engineering at the University of Bolton for a number of years and Chaired the national organisation ACED (Association of Civil Engineering Departments) in 2018/19 as well as being Chair of the ICE Manchester Branch in 2018/19. From 2018 became Secretary of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) North West and am also a member of the North West Geotechnical Group (NWGG) Committee of ICE and strong advocate of modern communications technology being used in civil engineering, with a strong presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
Worked on numerous construction sites, residential developments, open-cast coal sites, advanced road construction, rehabilitation of old buildings, schools, retail, tall buildings (58-storeys), sports stadia, gas power plants and heavy civil engineering earthworks projects.
Adapted the curriculum for more than 20 years to meet the needs of industry and presently interested in Innovative Technology, Geotechnics, Foundation Engineering, Slope Stability, Retaining Walls, Highway Engineering and Ground Investigation.
N. Barounis and McMahon, P. (2015) “Estimation of vertical subgrade reaction modulus for sands from CPT investigations” Paper accepted for XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, British Geotechnical Association, Edinburgh,14-17 September 2015.
Mirzababaei, M., Miraftab, M., Mohamed, M. and McMahon, P. (2013) “Impact of Carpet Waste Fibre Addition on Swelling Properties of Compacted Clays” Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 2013 Vol. 31 pp.173–182
Mirzababaei, M., Miraftab, M., Mohamed, M. and McMahon, P. (2011) “Unconfined compression strength of clays with waste carpet fibres”. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, March 2013, Vol. 139 pp. 483-493
N. Barounis, A. Barounis, K. Karadima and McMahon, P.H. (2011). “Hydraulic properties of Upper Eocene Flysch, at Papadates, Preveza Province, Greece” Paper accepted for European Conference of Geotechnical Engineering, Athens, September 2011.
Mirzababaei, M., Miraftab, M., McMahon, P. and Mohamed, M. (2011). “Diverting carpet waste from landfills to reinforce sub-standard soils”. Third International Symposium on Fibre Recycling, 15 and 16 June 2011, University of Bolton, UK.
Mirzababaei, M., Miraftab, M., McMahon, P. and Mohamed, M., (2009) “Undrained Behaviour of Clay Reinforced with Surplus Carpet Fibres”, Second International Symposium on Fiber Recycling, 11-13 May 2009, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Barounis, N., Orr, T.L.L., McMahon, P.H. and Barounis, A. (2009). “Modulus of subgrade reaction for foundations on clay from unconfined compression tests” Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2009) Alexandria, Egypt.
McMahon, P.H. (2003). “The impact of legislatory driven assessment methods and waste management policy upon the remediation of contaminated land”. Building Engineer, Association of Building Engineers. April, Vol 78, No.4, pp.24-26 ISSN 0969-8213
McMahon, P.H. (2003). “Ways to assess a legacy of mess”. Estates Gazette, 1st Feb 2003, pp. 138-139.
McMahon, P.H. (2002). “Changing from an ICRCL to a CLEA method of assessment: Some views and cost implications for developers and regulators to consider”. Environment 2002 International Conference, 6th November 2002. http://www.environment-2002.com
Simpson, J.A., Binkley, J. & McMahon, P.H. (2000). “New Environmental Legislation Affecting Textile-Industry Manufacturing”. Journal of the Textile Institute Volume 91, Issue 1, 2000, Pages 65 – 72. ISSN 0400-5000
Binkley, J., Simpson, J.A. and McMahon, P.H. (2000) “Textile Activated Sludge Characterisation by Conductivity and pH Measurement”, Journal of Textile Institute, Volume 91 Part 1, No. 3.
Simpson, J.A., Binkley, J. and McMahon, P.H (2000) “The Effect upon the Textile Industry of New Environmental Legislation”, Journal of Textile Institute, Volume 91 Part 2, No. 1.
McMahon, P.H. (1999) "Contaminated Land: The future of British Housing". The Safety and Health Practitioner, The official magazine of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. April, Vol 17 No.4, pp. 28-31. ISSN 0958-479X
Barounis, A., Barounis, N. and McMahon, P.H. (1998). “A method for the rapid calculation of the seismic overload exerted on foundations”. Athens, July.
McMahon, P.H. (1992). “Remedial Options”. Conference paper presented to 120 Business Executives attending a 1-day conference entitled “Contaminated Land: Asset or Liability?” on 4th June at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.
Clarke, J.D. and McMahon, P.H. (1986). “Discussion on “The stabilisation of some arid zone soils with cement and lime” by G. Akpokodje, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, London, Volume 18, pp.173-180” Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, London, Volume 19, p.307