David Hester


  • Room 01.030 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

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

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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


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.   

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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., 01 Jan 2020, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Damage detection
10 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Displacement measurement
3 Citations (Scopus)
55 Downloads (Pure)

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
Modal analysis
Blind source separation

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
Numerical analysis


Marie Curie Fellowship

David Hester (Recipient), 01 Oct 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

university teacher

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

International Society for Structural Health Monitoring and Intelligent Infrastructure

David Hester (Member)
01 Jan 201431 Dec 2017

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