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.
25/09/2017 → …
Re-deployable sensors for modal estimates of bridges and detection of damage-induced changes in boundary conditionsKhan, M. A., McCrum, D. P., OBrien, E. J., Bowe, C., Hester, D., McGetrick, P. J., O’Higgins, C., Casero, M. & Pakrashi, V., 15 Feb 2021, (Early online date) In: Structure and Infrastructure Engineering.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Hester, D. & Chang, K. C., 01 Jan 2020, In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)26 Downloads (Pure)
Hester, D., McGetrick, P., O'Brien, E. J. & Pakrashi, V., 27 Aug 2020.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Hester, D., Huseynov, F. & Casero, M., 23 Oct 2020, (Early online date) In: Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Downloads (Pure)
Towards automated UAV assisted bridge inspections using photogrammetry and image processing techniquesHabeenzu, H., McGetrick, P. & Hester, D., 27 Aug 2020.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Aftab Mufti Medal for The Best Journal Paper in 2017 in the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
David Hester (Guest editor)01 Aug 2016 → 2017
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Editorial activity
David Hester (Member)03 Nov 2016 → 2021
Activity: Membership types › Membership of peer review panel or committee
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