After completing a PhD in 2008 focusing on geotechnical aspects of rail track systems at the University of Southampton, Louis spent 3 years working for Gifford (now part of Ramboll) as a Geotechnical Engineer. During this time he gained experience on a variety of projects. These included, work on large road schemes, Liquid natural gas and other tanks, sea reclaimed land, sea walls, foundations to buildings and bridges (including integral bridges), earthworks remediation, cofferdams as well as a variety of temporary works and consideration/specification of construction sequences. During his PhD work in 2007/2008 Louis was involved in a successful bid to obtain funding for a £600k EPSRC grant into research related to railway track systems titled “Development And Role Of Structure In Railway Ballast” this project started in late 2008. During his three years at Gifford Louis continued his involvement with this research in an advisory capacity. Since May 2011 Louis has returned full time to the University to work primarily on rail research projects. In 2012 Louis passed the institute of civil engineering’s professional review and is now a Chartered Engineer (CEng, MICE).