David Hester

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  • Room 01.030 - David Keir Building David Keir

    United Kingdom

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20052020
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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

Interests

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.

Teaching

(past)

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.   

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Output 2005 2020

Bridge Damage Detection Using Rotation Measurements – Experimental Validation

Huseynov, F., Kim, C. W., Obrien, E. J., brownjohn, J., Hester, D. & Chang, K. C., 09 Oct 2019, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Damage detection
Axles
Accelerometers
Sensors
Stiffness
10 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
File
Displacement measurement
Cameras
Testing
Gages
Costs
3 Citations (Scopus)

Enhanced sparse component analysis for operational modal identification of real-life bridge structures

Xu, Y., Brownjohn, J. M. W. & Hester, D., 01 Feb 2019, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 116, p. 585-605

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Modal analysis
Blind source separation
Trucks
Sensors

Identifying damage in a bridge by analysing rotation response to a moving load

Hester, D., brownjohn, J., Huseynov, F., Obrien, E. J., González, A. & casero florez, M., 04 Nov 2019, In : Structure and Infrastructure Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Damage detection
damage
Axles
Numerical analysis
methodology

Prizes

Marie Curie Fellowship

David Hester (Recipient), 01 Oct 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

university teacher
EU
engineering
monitoring
performance

Activities 2014 2016

  • 2 Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 1 Membership of peer review panel or committee

EPSRC Associate Peer Review College (External organisation)

David Hester (Member)
03 Nov 20162017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring (Journal)

David Hester (Guest editor)
01 Aug 20162017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

A Researcher

David Hester (Host)
01 Apr 201630 Jun 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardization at a European level (BridgeSpec) [COST TU 1406]

David Hester (Member)
01 Nov 20152017

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Invited talk at UK Bridge Owners Forum (BOF)

David Hester (Member)
13 May 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk