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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
-Bridge Structural Health Monitoring
-Bridge Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring
-Bridge Decision Support Systems
-Vehicle-Bridge Interaction modeling


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Interests

Bridge Structural Health Monitoring

Bridge Scour

Bridge Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring

Bridge Decision Support Systems

Vehicle-Bridge Interaction modeling

Signal Processing

Structural Engineering


I am a lecturer in Structural Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. I have a number of years experience as a design engineer working primarily on bridge design and assessment and I am member of Engineers Ireland. I have been involved in teaching a number structural design modules within the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.



CIV 4027 - Design & Communication

CIV 4031 - Architectural Design Studies 4

CIV 1019 – Engineering Drawing and Design

Research Interests

Current research focuses on developing a decision support system for bridge managers. This work involves engaging with stakeholders to identifying what metrics are useful to bridge managers and then trying to develop sensing and data interpretation systems that will deliver these metrics. This work involves applying the latest sensing technologies to the particular challenge of bridge sensing (e.g.  absence of power, limitations of data transmission and the difficulty in accessing some parts of the structure). I am also working on relating global bridge measurements to foundation scour.   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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