Peter D. Scott, C.Eng, F.ASCE, leader and developer of geotechnical capabilities for BuroHappold Engineering, in Bath, UK, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Scott spent some of his career in software development and irrigation, but the vast majority of his working life has been spent as a consultant geotechnical engineer. Following employment with Howard Humphries and MRM, he joined Halcrow in 1989, leading the Swindon geotechnical group for five years, and subsequently joined BuroHappold.
His primary focus has been to combine high-quality site investigation with appropriate analytical tools, specifically using finite elements, to produce simple and elegant foundation and basement designs. He has undertaken an extensive range of projects, particularly in the UK, the Middle East, and the United States, where these principles have been applied. Of particular note are the Great Courtyard development at the British Museum, the Millennium Dome in London, ADIA and Landmark high-rise buildings in Abu Dhabi, the performing arts facility (RPI EMPAC) at Renssalear Polytechnic Institute, and deep basement design for the new Harvard campus in Allston.
Scott chairs the NAFEMS geotechnical working group, which promotes numerical methods in the UK and overseas. He lectures at Newcastle University and on Plaxis courses, and has previously championed and overseen doctoral research at Newcastle University and the University of Southampton. He has also co-authored publications providing guidance on the use of Eurocode 7.
Just over 12 years ago he set up a charity, ”Serve Africa,” which supports two refugee camps just outside Kampala, Uganda. The refugees are from the north of Uganda, where for about 15 years the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized and murdered thousands of people. This led to around 2 million people becoming internally displaced.
Scott attended Kingston and Southampton Universities in the UK, gaining a B.Sc in civil engineering and an M.Sc in irrigation engineering.