Civil and Structural Engineering
CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH
Civil Engineering is led by a Head of Discipline supported by team leaders with responsibility for maintaining excellence in its research groups of Intelligent and Sustainable Infrastructure (ISIG - including low carbon structural materials), Water and Energy Resources (WERG - including marine renewable energy) and Global Environmental Resilience Group (GERG). Our vision is to provide an interdisciplinary space that enables researchers in their core disciplinary expertise to lead and collaborate on large cross-institutional projects such as the EPSRC funded SALINA (£1.5M) (WERG) and Roadmaps to Zero Net Emissions in Urban Public Transport (£4M) (ISIG), the H2020 funded PowerKite (€5.1M) (WERG) and H2020 funded REMEDIATE ITN (€3.7M) (GERG).
KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS
The SALINA project is investigating the nature and extent of saltwater intrusion into coastal freshwater aquifers. It will provide early detection of saltwater breakthrough, preventing contamination and loss of supply, and will therefore address one of the major challenges facing society in the 21st Century, the supply of potable water.
The Water and Energy Resources Group (WERG) is part of the Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (PRP) with connections to the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) and the Bryden Centre.
Technological and societal changes are transforming the nature of public transport. This research will address concerns over air quality, congestion, and energy security and will deliver an understanding of the challenges arising from introducing next generation zero net emissions buses, with an emphasis on sustainable low/zero-emissions transport systems.
The Intelligent and Sustainable Infrastructure Group (ISIG) has joint research collaborations with the Centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems (i-AMS) (PRP), the William Wright Technology (W-Tech) Centre, the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering (NIACE) Centre, Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC), ECIT and will be part of the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) under the new £350M Belfast City Deal.
Ireland has lost over 40% of its peat accumulating raised bog over the past 30 years. To reverse this trend and implement (technically and economically) effective conservation programmes, peatland researchers at SNBE have worked in collaboration with RPS Engineers to successfully develop conservation programmes for the Irish Government’s network of conservation sites.
The Global Environmental Resilience Group (GERG) is an interdisciplinary group which includes engineers, environmental scientists, geologists and hydrogeologists undertaking research in sustainable water resource management and risk management approaches to address contamination of soils and groundwater.
Research Expertise of Civil and Structural Engineering Staff:
- Future sustainable cities which are agile and future ready (e.g. for near zero energy autonomous vehicles)
- Technological innovation for digital transformation of civil engineering
- Affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable marine renewable energy
- Access to clean, potable water for all
- Reducing and removing the negative impacts on our environment, health and wellbeing from pollution in the air, ground and water
Our world must become more energy efficient, and forward-looking engineers are vital to enable sustainable growth. Our research priorities are guided by global challenges and a need to meet sustainable development in our built and natural environment.
Civil Engineering sits within two trans-disciplinary clusters, bringing together researchers from spatial planning, architecture, geography, paleoecology and civil engineering to tackle some of the world's most pressing urban and environmental challenges.
|STAFF NAME||RESERACH INTERESTS||RESEARCH GROUP|
|Dr G Amato||Shape memory alloys, fibre reinforced mortars, dynamic strengthen of structural elements||ISIG|
|Micromechanics of soils, Multiscale behaviour of granular materials, Granular Metamaterials, Image-informed numerical modelling of real particles, Discrete Element Modelling, Particle shape characterisation and classification, Open-source code development||GERG|
|Dr J Black||The geotechnics of energy and infrastructure resilience||GERG|
|Dr S Cox||Whole life carbon accounting in construction; Environmental assessment, including life cycle assessment; Risk assessment of contaminated sites (including the use of bioaccessibility testing); Remediation of carbon disulphide soil and groundwater contamination||GERG|
|Dr R Doherty||The circular economy, reuse & recovery of hazardous & valuable materials, restoration of peatlands, sustainable remediation of pollution, identification and apportionment of potentially toxic elements||GERG|
|Dr T Elliot||Groundwater dating, system dynamics, water resources management and aquifer sustainability issues||GERG|
|Dr R Flynn||Contaminant transport, enviromental microbiology, wetland hydrology and hydrochemistry, hydrogeophysics, catchment hydrology, peat hydrogeology and geotechnics||GERG|
|Dr C Frost||Hydrodynamics of tidal resource sites, experimental and numerical assessment of tidal stream turbines, control system development for tidal stream turbines||WERG|
|Professor G Hamill||Saline intrusion in coastal aquifers, sustainable drainage schemes (SuDS), tidal energy, bridge scour / structural interactions||WERG|
|Dr D Hester||Bridge structural health monitoring||ISIG|
|Dr M Karimirad||Fatigue assessment of offshore wind turbines, numerical method for dynamic analysis of offshore renewable energy, modelling the dynamic response of floating solar PV arrays in nearshore||WERG|
|Dr L Kregting||Enviromental interactions of marine renewables, macroalgal ecophysiology, invertebrate reproduction & disperal processes||WERG|
|Dr M Lydon||Asset management, risk and consequence mapping, predictive bridge maintenance||ISIG|
|Dr P Mackinnon||Tidal Stream Energy extraction, flood attenuation and rainwater harvesting||WERG|
|Dr D McPolin||Timber engineering, technology-based design, material science||ISIG|
|Dr S Nanukuttan||Binding materials (construction), Concrete production, material deterioration, mass movements in materials, interaction between material and environment||ISIG|
|Dr K O’Driscoll||Modelling persistent organic pollutant (POP) transport, exchange processes in marine ecosystems||WERG|
|Dr U. Ofterdinger||Fractured Bedrock Hydrogeology/ Catchment Hydrogeology, Hydrogeophysics, Numerical Modelling, Geothermal Energy Systems||GERG|
|Dr D Phillips||Contaminant fate, transport and behaviour issues associated with contaminated groundwater, and sorption and precipitation of contaminants in soils/ sediments and other geological materials, particuarly in weathered enviroments||GERG|
|Dr D Robinson||Numberical modelling, FEA, CFD and Imagine analysis||ISIG|
|Prof W Sha||Sustainable Construction Materials with Structures||ISIG|
|Dr V Sivakumar||Anchoring systems for offshore floating wind turbines||GERG|
|Dr M Sonebi||Bio-based Building materials, Self-Compacting Concrete, Rheological Measurement of Cement-Based Materials||ISIG|
|Professor M Soutsos||Blast and Impact Resistant Concrete Structures, Sustainable construction materials, Maturity functions||ISIG|
|Prof S Taylor||Intelligent Infrastructure, Structural Health Monitoring, Computer Vision with Machine Learning||ISIG|
All degree programmes are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators
MEng Programmes are accredited CEng (Full)
These degrees are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering - Accredited CEng (Partial)
This degree is accredited as:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A
programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.
Further Learning Programme
MSc (Technical and non-technical)
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information