Dr Marcelo Llano Serna

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


South American representative of the Young Member Presidential Group of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (2016-2018). Doctor (2016) and Master (2012) in Geotechnics given by the University of Brasilia, Brazil. Civil Engineer (2010) from the National University of Colombia. My experience and previous research involve large strain simulations such as the run-out process in landslides and fall cone tests using the Material Point Method. My experimental background is connected to remoulded soft clay characterization and advanced shear strength testing in such materials.


  • Doctor of Science, UnB
  • Master in Geotechnics, UnB


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Llano-Serna, Marcelo, Williams, David John and Ruest, Marc R. (2017). Analysis of Tailings Dam-Break and Run-Out. In: 4th International Seminar on Tailings Management, Tailings 2017 Proceedings. 4th International Seminar on Tailings Managment, Santiago de Chile, Chile, (). 12-14 July 2017.

  • Lines, Scott H., Llano Serna, Marcelo, Williams, David J. and Galindo-Torres, Sergio (2017). Geothermal site selection based on varying thermal parameters using the finite cylinder source method. In: International Doctoral Students Conference. International Doctoral Students Conference, Hangzhou, China, (). 22-25 May 2017.

  • Septian, Alfred, Llano-Serna, Marcelo A., Ruest, Marc R. and Williams, David J. (2017). Three-dimensional kinematic analysis of Bingham canyon mine pit wall slides. In: 1st International Conference on the Material Point Method, MPM 2017. 1st International Conference on the Material Point Method, MPM 2017, Delft, Netherlands, (86-93). 10-13 January 2017. doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2017.01.030

  • Llano-Serna, M. A., Williams, David J. and Ruest, M. R. (2016). Analysis of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Pit Wall Slides. In: Proceedings Tailings and Mine Waste 2016. Tailings and Mine Waste' 16, Keystone, Colorado, USA, (787-794). 2-5 October 2016.

  • Bore, T., Yermán, L., Llano Serna, M., Wall, H., Torero, J. L. and Scheuermann, A. (2016). Dielectric spectroscopy of artificial faeces for smouldering applications. In: 2016 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS). IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, Catania, Italy, (522-527). 20-22 April 2016. doi:10.1109/SAS.2016.7479902

  • Llano-Serna, M. A. and Farias, M. M. (2014). Use of generalized material point method (GIMP) to simulate shallow wedge penetration. In: Michael A. Hicks, Ronald B. J. Brinkgreve and Alexander Rohe, Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering. 8th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (NUMGE), Delft, Netherlands, (259-264). 18-20 June 2014.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision