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Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti López

Senior Lecturer: Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics, Division of Civil and Building Services

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    Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti is currently a Senior Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics at London South Bank University. He has been working at the School of the Built Environment and Architecture since February 2017.

Héctor received his degree in Construction Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE), in Argentina, in 1999; his Master of Science in Numerical Methods from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, in 2010; and his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from UPC, in Spain, in 2015. He has recognised his degree in Construction Engineering from Argentina in Spain with the Technical Civil Engineering degree from 2005. He is a Civil Engineer in Spain after obtaining the degree in Civil Engineering from UPC in 2013. Héctor has recognised his qualifications by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is working towards his chartered status in the UK and is a graduate member of ICE.

Héctor has worked in Argentina in a self-employment initiative, first in the 90s, doing architectural and structural design for buildings, as well as in Education at the UNNE, Faculty of Engineering (1999-2001) teaching structures, and later in the private sector (2000-2003) in Education and in the Construction Industry doing Structural Analysis.

After moving to Europe in 2004, he was working in research and teaching, mainly, in Geotechnical Engineering and Strength of Materials respectively, in the UPC, Spain (2004-2012). From 2012 until 2016, he was working as a project officer in the project ASTUTE (Advance Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) and ASTUTE 2020 at Swansea University doing Structural Analysis and Optimisation.

While he has been involved in a number of multidisciplinary research projects in his career, his research interests lie mainly in the areas of Geotechnical Engineering, Numerical Methods, Structural Analysis and Design, Structural Optimisation and Manufacturing Technologies.

Dr Héctor U. Levatti has experience teaching in three countries: Argentina, Spain and the UK. In parallel with his university degree studies in the 1990s, he has been tutoring secondary school students and working on architectural design in a self-employment initiative to support his studies.

Héctor first experience teaching at university level was at “Universidad Nacional del Nordeste” ( ) in Argentina, just after finishing his Construction Engineering Degree (1999-2001). He acquired experience supporting university students, collaborating voluntarily with the team in the Department of Applied Mechanics. At the same time (2000-2003) he was working in an I.T. Institute, teaching AutoCAD, Office, Networks and design Software to students of all ages with different needs and profiles. At this Institute, he used two different methods: personalised person to person teaching and a self-learning system with teacher support.

Héctor has also been teaching Elasticity and Strength of Materials at UPC in Terrassa, Spain during two semesters in 2011. He has designed his own lectures and he has collaborated with the design of exams and marking process.

Héctor has been a lecturer at London South Bank University since January 2017. He is working in the Civil & Building Services Division at the School of the Built Environment & Architecture.

Dr Levatti is the module leader of Structures & Construction Technology A, Geotechnical Engineering and Soil-structure Engineering at LSBU. He also teaches Geology, Forensic Engineering, BIM & Design and  is the supervisor of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD.

Dr Héctor U. Levatti works in the theoretical aspects of hydro-mechanical problems in unsaturated soils, variable definition, constitutive laws, soil-structure interaction, soil-root interaction, formulation and framework for the study of unsaturated soil behaviour.

  • Implication of working with different stress state variables (unified, separated, etc.)
  • Implication of working with different constitutive models (Elastic, elastic-plastic, failure, etc.)
  • Theoretical framework to include soil-atmosphere, soil-tray, and soil-root interaction
  • Fracture Mechanics applied to unsaturated soils
  • From the numerical point of view, he is interested in numerical schemes for solving nonlinearity and instability, cracking and contact algorithms, soil-structure interaction, and soil-environment interaction phenomena
  • Modelling soil-atmosphere interaction, soil-structure, and soil-root interaction
  • Developing an in-house hydro-mechanical model including cracking treatment and contour condition changes simulations
  • Implementation of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics for cracking analysis (desiccation, slopes, etc.)
  • Implementation of re-meshing technique or XFEM methods for the analysis of cracks
  • Analysis of different numerical codes used for analysing crack desiccation and shallow landslides phenomena
  • From the experimental point of view, he is interested in variables behaviour, calibration, techniques development and improvement
  • Improve the measurement of suction during tests (suction profile determination)
  • Design of tests in order to calibrate the materials (soils and roots, etc.)
  • Study of state surfaces for desiccation, wetting, and inundation in order to obtain parameters
  • Design a new test program where the visualisation of the cracks is more clear and easier to control (transparent containers, especial shapes, GPR, X-Rays, high-speed video cameras, etc.)
  • Characterise the adherence between container and soil and study the influence of the contour conditions in the crack pattern.

Recently, Dr Levatti has been working on:

  • Implementation of robotics and artificial intelligence in the construction industry.
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Dr Héctor U. Levatti is currently a graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Dr Levatti is member of the Internationalisation Sub-committee at the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.

He is actively conducting research and supporting PhD students in Spain at UPC-BarcelonaTECH.

Dr Levatti organises webinars, talks and visits institutions in Argentina on regular basis.

International Seminars and Webinars

Levatti, H.U. (2019) “Opportunities for studying in London at LSBU” – Talk at “Escuela Provincial de Educación Técnica No 1” Formosa, Argentina, 5th August 2019.

Levatti, H.U. (2019) “Reflexiones acerca de la vida profesional en el exterior, oportunidades y dificultades” – Talk at “Universidad Nacional del Nordesde” Engineering School - Resistencia, Argentina, 1st August 2019.

Levatti, H.U. (2019) “Experiencias educativas virtuales desde una perspectiva global” – Talk at “Higher Institution of Education” ISFD Dr Juan Pujol, Corrientes, Argentina, 2nd July 2019.

Levatti, H.U. (2019) “Technological disruption and opportunities for the local Industry in Argentina” – Invited talk at Economical Federation Formosa, Argentina, 23rd July 2019.

Levatti, H.U. (2018) Master class in Structures & Design. Escuela Nacional de Educación Técnica (EPET no 1) – Formosa, Argentina. July 2018.

Levatti, H.U. (2016) Reflexiones acerca de la educación, la ciencia y la tecnología (webinar ISFD, José Manuel Estrada, Argentina: 15/09/2016)