Dr. Cheng Lin

Dr. Cheng  Lin
Associate Professor
Civil Engineering
Office: ECS 424

BS, MS Hohai (CN), PhD KU (USA)

Area of expertise

Soil Erosion and scour, non-self-supporting materials, sustainable reuse of waste and contaminated soil, pile foundations, storm surge wall and bulkhead, slope stability, paved and unpaved roads


  • Associate Professor, University of Victoria, July, 2022 - present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, October, 2016 - July 2022
  • Project Geotechnical Engineer II, Terracon Consultants, Inc., March, 2015 – October, 2016
  • Project Geotechnical Engineer I, Terracon Consultants, Inc., March, 2013 – March, 2015
  • Staff Geotechnical Engineer, Terracon Consultants, Inc., March, 2012 – March, 2013

Research Interests

  • Soil erosion and scour
  • Non-self-supporting materials (sewage sludge, dredge sediments, mine tailings, and grouts)
  • Sustainable reuse of waste materials and treatment of contaminated soils
  • Pile foundations (with a particular emphasis on large pile foundations for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, foundations for harbor and waterfront structures, and foundations for transmission lines)
  • Storm surge wall and bulkhead (including sheet pile wall) design and testing
  • Slope stability analyses including underwater slope stability analyses due to harbor deepening
  • Paved and unpaved roads (with an emphasis on unpaved road design for construction equipment mobilization on soft ground)
  • Ground improvements

Selected Publications ( Google Scholar )

  1. Lin, C., Han, J., Bennett, C. R., and Parsons, L.R. (2016). Analysis of laterally-loaded piles in clays considering scour-hole dimensions, Ocean Engineering, 111(2016): 461-470.
  2. Zhou, F., Lin, C.*, Xu, W., and Wang, X.D. (2016). Application of deformation adjustors in raft foundations. Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers Geotechnical Engineering, 1-14
  3. Zhou, F., Lin, C.*, Zhang, F., Lin, S.Z., and Wang, X.D. (2016) Design and field monitoring of pile-raft foundations with deformation adjustors. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 04016057.
  4. Lin, C.*, Bennett, C. R., Han, J., and Parsons, L.R. (2015). Effect of soil stress history on scour evaluation of pile-supported bridges. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 29(6): 04014178.
  5. Lin, C., Han, J., Bennett, C. R., and Parsons, L.R. (2014). Analysis of laterally-loaded piles in sand considering scour-hole dimensions, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140(6): 04014024.
  6. Lin, C., Han, J., Bennett, C. R., and Parsons, L.R. (2014).  Lateral behavior of piles under scour conditions considering stress history of clay, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140(6), 06014005.

Position Available

Dr. Lin currently is accepting Master’s and Ph.D. students in the field of geotechnical engineering.  Applicants who are self-motivated and interested in research are especially welcome.  At present, preference may be given to those with relevant numerical modeling experience.  Please send your applications including CV and transcripts to Dr. Lin (chenglin918@uvic.ca).