Professor Dr Sarah Springman

Honorary Fellow

Soil Structure Interaction

  • C.W.W. Ng, S.M. Springman, A.R.M. Norrish: Centrifuge modelling of Spread-base Integral Bridge Abutments subjected to Cyclic Deformation. In: ASCE JGE. Band 124, 1998, S. 376–388.
  • M.F. Bransby, S.M. Springman: Selection of load-transfer functions for passive lateral loading of pile groups. In: Computers and Geotechnics. Band 24, Nr. 3, 1999, S. 155–184.
  • E.A. Ellis, S.M. Springman: Full-height piled bridge abutments constructed on soft clay. In: Géotechnique. Band 51, Nr. 1, 2001, S. 3–14.
  • M. Berli, B. Kulli, W. Attinger, M. Keller, J. Leuenberger, H. Flühler, S.M. Springman, R. Schulin: Compaction of agricultural and forest subsoils by tracked heavy construction machinery. In: Soil and Tillage Research. Band 75, Elsevier B.V, 2004, S. 37–52.
  • R. Hufenus, R. Rüegger, K. Weingart, R. Banjac, P. Mayor, S.M. Springman, R. Brönnimann, G. Feltrin: Full-scale field tests on geosynthetic reinforced unpaved roads on soft subgrade. In: Geotextiles & Geomembranes. Band 24, Nr. 1, 2006, S. 21–37. Best Paper published in Geotextiles & Geomembranes in 2006.
  • T.M. Weber, M. Plötze, J. Laue, G. Peschke, S.M. Springman: Smear zone identification and soil properties around stone columns constructed in-flight in centrifuge model tests. In: Géotechnique. Band 60, Nr. 8, 2010, S. 197–206.
  • J. Najser, E. Pooley, S.M. Springman, J. Laue, J. Boháč: Mechanisms controlling the behaviour of double-porosity clay fills; in situ and centrifuge study. In: Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology QJIGH. Band 43, Nr. 2, 2010, S. 207–220.
  • M.K. Kelesoglu, S.M. Springman: Analytical and 3D numerical modelling of full-height bridge abutments constructed on pile foundations through soft soils. In: Computers and Geotechnics. Band 38, Nr. 8, 2011, S. 934–948.
  • R.T. Klinkvort, O. Hededal, S.M. Springman: Scaling issues in centrifuge modelling of monopiles. In: International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Band 13, Nr. 2, 2013, S. 38–49. Awarded the Telford Premium prize for the best paper published in 2013.

Soil Mechanics

  • S.M. Springman, J. Giudici-Trausch, M. Heil, R. Heim: Strength of a soft Swiss lacustrine clay: cone penetration and triaxial data. In: Transportation Research Record. Band 1675, Transportation Research Board, 1999, S. 1–9.
  • C.C. Hird, S.M. Springman: Comparative performance of 5 cm² and 10 cm² piezocones in a lacustrine clay. In: Géotechnique. Band 56, Nr. 6, 2006, S. 427–438.
  • B. Imre, S. Räbsamen, S.M. Springman: A Coefficient of Restitution of Rock Materials. In: Computers & Geosciences. Band 34, 2008, S. 339–350. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2007.04.004.


  • S. Springman, J. Laue, R. Boyle, J. White, A. Zweidler: The ETH Zurich Geotechnical Drum Centrifuge. In: Int. Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Band 1, Nr. 1, 2001, S. 59–70.
  • J. Garnier, C. Gaudin, S.M. Springman, P.J. Culligan, D. Goodings, D. Konig, B. Kutter, R. Phillips, M.F. Randolph, L. Thorel: Catalogue of Scaling Laws and Similitude Questions in Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling. In: International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Band 7, Nr. 3, 2007, S. 01–23.


  • L. Arenson, M. Hoelzle, S.M. Springman: Borehole deformation measurements and internal structure of some rock glaciers in Switzerland. In: Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. Band 13, Nr. 2, 2002, S. 117–135.
  • C. Harris, L. Arenson, H.H. Christiansen, B. Etzelmüller, R. Frauenfelder, S. Gruber, W. Haeberli, C. Hauck, M. Hölzle, O. Humlum, K. Isaksen, A. Kääb, M.A. Kern-Lütschg, M. Lehning, N. Matsuoka, J.B. Murton, J. Nötzli, M. Phillips, N. Ross, M. Seppälä, S.M. Springman, D. Vonder Mühll: Permafrost and climate in Europe: monitoring and modelling thermal, geomorphological and geotechnical responses. In: Earth Science Reviews. Band 92, Nr. 3–4, 2009, S. 117–171.
  • S.M. Springman, L.U. Arenson, Y. Yamamoto, H. Maurer, A. Kos, T. Buchli1, G. Derungs: Multidisciplinary investigations on three rock glaciers in the Swiss Alps: legacies and future perspectives. In: Geographiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography. Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, 2012, S. 215–243.
  • Y. Yamamoto, S.M. Springman: Axial compression stress path tests on artificial frozen soil samples in a triaxial device at temperatures just below 0° C. In: Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Band 51, Nr. 10, 2014, S. 1178–1195.

Natural Hazards

  • S.M. Springman, C. Jommi, P. Teysseire: Instabilities on moraine slopes induced by loss of suction: a case history. In: Géotechnique. Band 53, Nr. 1, 2003, S. 3–10.
  • S. Friedel, A. Thielen, S.M. Springman: Investigation of a slope endangered by rainfall-induced landslides using 3D resistivity tomography and geotechnical testing. In: Journal of Applied Geophysics. Band 60, Nr. 2, 2006, S. 100–114.
  • B. Imre, J. Laue, S.M. Springman: Fractal fragmentation of rocks within sturzstroms: insight derived from physical experiments within the ETH Geotechnical Drum Centrifuge. In: Granular Matter. Band 12, Nr. 3, 2010, S. 267–285.
  • E.T. Bowman, B. Imre, J. Laue, S.M. Springman: Experimental modelling of debris flow behaviour using a geotechnical centrifuge. In: Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Band 47, Nr. 7, 2010, S. 742–762.
  • S.M. Springman, A. Askarinejad, F. Casini, S. Friedel, P. Kienzler, P. Teysseire, A. Thielen: Lessons learnt from field tests in some potentially unstable slopes in Switzerland. In: Acta Slovenica Geotechnica. Band 1, 2012, ISSN 1854-0171, S. 5–29.
  • S.M. Springman, A. Thielen, P. Kienzler, S. Friedel: A long-term field study for the investigation of rainfall-induced landslides. In: Géotechnique. Band 63, 2013, S. 1177–1193. Awarded the British Geotechnical Association Medal for the best paper published in 2013.
  • M. Stähli, M. Sättele, Ch. Huggel, B.W. McArdell, P. Lehmann, A. Van Herwijnen, A. Berne, M. Schleiss, A. Ferrari, A. Kos, D. Or, S.M. Springman: Monitoring and prediction in early warning systems for rapid mass movements. In: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. (Open Access), Special Issue, Landslide Prediction & Forecasting, eds. F. Catani, F. Guzzetti, Band 15, 2015, S. 905–917.
2014, Honorary Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge; 2015, Honorary Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge; 2015, Honorary Fellow, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge; 2015; selected as the Croce Lecturer, Italian Geotechnical Society; 2016, Honorary Doctor, Berne University, Switzerland; 2017, selected as the Terzaghi Lecturer, Austrian Geotechnical Society; 2018, Honorary Doctor of Engineering, The University of Sheffield