Projects per year
Bridge Structural Health Monitoring
Bridge Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring
Bridge Decision Support Systems
Vehicle-Bridge Interaction modeling
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
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
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R3464NBE: (ARISE) - Assembly and Robotics In Steel Building Erection
McPolin, D., Hester, D. & Rafferty, K.
02/11/2022 → …
R1798NBE: Advanced Sensors and Modelling for Next-generation Bridge Management
25/09/2017 → …
R3717CIV: Camera-Based Bridge Safety Monitoring
Taylor, S., Hester, D. & Robinson, D.
27/08/2015 → 30/06/2019
Correction to: A direct method to detect and localise damage using longitudinal data of ends-of-span rotations under live traffic loadingFerguson, A. J., Hester, D. & Woods, R., 12 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review
Detecting Vehicle Loading Events in Bridge Rotation Data Measured with Multi-axial AccelerometersFerguson, A. J., Woods, R. & Hester, D., 02 Jul 2022, In: Sensors (Basel, Switzerland). 22, 13, 4994.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile24 Downloads (Pure)
Monitoring the Condition of Narrow Bridges using data from Rotation Based and Strain Based Bridge Weigh-in-Motion SystemsHuseynov, F., Hester, D., Obrien, E. J., McGeown, C., Kim, C. W., Chang, K. C. & Pakrashi, V., Jul 2022, In: Journal of Bridge Engineering. 27, 7, 04022050.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile74 Downloads (Pure)
On Population-based structural health monitoring for bridgesGoslinga, J., Hester, D., Worden, K. & Bunce, A., 01 Jul 2022, In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 173, 25 p., 108919.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile54 Downloads (Pure)
A direct method to detect and localise damage using longitudinal data of ends-of-span rotations under live traffic loadingFerguson, A., Hester, D. & Woods, R., 06 Nov 2021, (Early online date) In: Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile51 Downloads (Pure)
Aftab Mufti Medal for The Best Journal Paper in 2017 in the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
Hester, David (Recipient) & Taylor, Su (Recipient), 07 Aug 2019
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Marie Curie Fellowship
Hester, David (Recipient), 01 Oct 2013
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively
EPSRC Associate Peer Review College (External organisation)
David Hester (Member)03 Nov 2016 → 2021
Activity: Membership types › Membership of peer review panel or committee
Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring (Journal)
David Hester (Guest editor)01 Aug 2016 → 2017
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Editorial activity
David Hester (Host)01 Apr 2016 → 30 Jun 2016
Activity: Hosting a visitor types › Hosting an academic visitor
Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardization at a European level (BridgeSpec) [COST TU 1406]
David Hester (Member)01 Nov 2015 → 2017
Activity: Consultancy types › Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Invited talk at UK Bridge Owners Forum (BOF)
David Hester (Invited speaker)13 May 2014
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk