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Robin Oval

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Robin is joining the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge in 2019 as a Research Associate on the ACORN project, on automating concrete construction (http://automated.construction/). Between 2016 and 2019, Robin completed his PhD at the Laboratoire Navier at l’École des Ponts in Paris and at the Block Research Group at ETH Zürich, introducing topology finding of patterns for structural design. Prior to this, Robin graduated as a structural engineer from l’École des Ponts in 2016, following a double curriculum in structure and architecture with the architecture school of Paris-Marne. For a year, Robin also gained practice experience in the the structural engineering office Bollinger + Grohmann in Frankfurt in 2014/2015. His Master’s thesis with the Block Research Group tackles the design of force patterns for funicular form finding and was exhibited at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Dr Gabriel Hattori

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Gabriel Hattori joined Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) as a research associate in April 2018. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Engineering at Durham University. He is originally from Brazil, obtaining a BSc and MSc from the University of Campinas. Then he moved to Spain where he completed a PhD on numerical methods for damage identification and evaluation on smart materials using neural networks and enriched numerical methods (namely the extended finite element method - XFEM and the boundary element method - BEM) at the University of Seville in 2013. Since 2015 he has been working on the development of the peridynamics framework for anisotropic materials. Peridynamics can be seen as a new and powerful numerical approach for modelling complex crack propagation behaviour such as crack branching and coalescence, and crack initiation. At CUED, he will work on the modelling with peridynamics and scale testing using flexible formwork. His interests include fracture mechanics, smart materials, advanced numerical models and artificial intelligence tools applied to mechanical engineering.

gh465@cam.ac.uk

Michal Drewniok

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Michal is a research associate in Civil Engineering at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED). His background is civil engineering and he holds a M.Sc. Eng. with PhD in concrete technology pending from SUT in Gliwice, Poland. During his PhD, he worked on the technological factors which determine the self-compacting concrete formwork pressure. Since the end of 2015, he was involved in two projects, both centered on making better use of steel in construction. The first explored the barriers to steel reuse, an important potential source of carbon and energy savings. The second project looked at the design process in construction and the role of material efficiency in building conception. In March 2018, he joined the Structures Group at (CUED and started to work on the project Minimising energy in construction (MEICON) led by Dr John Orr. Prior to his current positions at CUED, Michal worked as a Site Engineer and Concrete and Production Technologist at Precast Concrete Manufacture.

mpd43@cam.ac.uk

Dr Francis Moran

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Lecturer in Low Carbon Design. MSc Renewables in the Built Environment. BSc Construction. Dr Moran is employed as a research associate on the EPSRC funded project "Healthy Housing for the Displaced" (www.hhftd.net). Francis develops experiment research techniques centred on minimising the energy use of buildings,  performance of insulating  construction materials and techniques to improve  indoor air quality. Research themes:  Building Energy, Low Carbon Design and High performance insulating materials.

f.p.moran@bath.ac.uk

Eliana Cortes

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Architectural possibilities of low-cost thin-shell structures in Latin America combining cane and mortar

Eliana obtained a BSc in Architecture followed by MSc in Building Construction at the National University of Colombia before joining the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Faculty of Architecture and Design as an Assistant Professor and researcher. She moved to the University of Bath in 2015 to start her PhD studies. Her research explores new alternatives and methods for design and cast concrete surfaces in precast moulds.

Lead Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Co-Supervisors: Dr Chris Williams, Professor Tim Ibell, Professor Stephen Emmitt

E.C.Cortes.Paez@bath.ac.uk

Jennifer George

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Jenny is a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment at the University of Cambridge. Previously completed a BSc in Project Management for Construction at University College London. Prior research themes: modular and off-site construction, risk in innovative construction business models, and sustainable design.

Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Advisor: Professor Peter Guthrie

jwg39@cam.ac.uk

Ellie Marsh

Minimizing embodied carbon in concrete framed buildings using layout and size optimization

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Ellie Marsh is a part-time PhD student who transferred to the University of Cambridge in her second year of study. She started as a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. She also completed her MEng degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Bath. Ellen’s PhD will look at finding the most efficient structural layouts for multiple concrete slab technologies to minimize embodied carbon.

 

Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Advisor: Professor Julian Allwood

em721@cam.ac.uk

Mark Hobbs

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Mark is a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment at the University of Cambridge. Mark has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering (BEng Swansea University) and a postgraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering (MPhil University of Cambridge). Mark worked for three years in the nuclear decommissioning industry in client and consultant roles before returning to the University of Cambridge in 2016 to pursue a PhD. Mark’s research will investigate the use of peridynamics for the analysis and optimisation of reinforced concrete structures. 

 

Lead Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Advisor: Professor Alan McRobie

mch61@cam.ac.uk

Amila Jayasinghe

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Amila completed his BSc in Civil Engineering with a first class from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2018. Before joining for the PhD at University of Cambridge, he worked with INSEE Cement as a research associate affiliated with University of Moratuwa. Amila’s PhD will look at the optimization of concrete structures with fabric formwork, combining ultra high performance fibre reinforced concrete and flexible FRP fabric. 

 

Lead Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Advisor: Professor Campbell Middleton

jaas2@cam.ac.uk

Réka Mandoki

Sustainability of standardisation

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Réka is a Ph.D. student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment at the University of Cambridge. She got an M.Sc. degree in Architecture from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2017 and worked as a BIM Expert and a Junior Architectural Engineer in Studio IN-EX before joining FIBE in 2018. Her research investigates the social limits of mass-manufacturing residential buildings.

rm901@cam.ac.uk

Tim Butterfield

Timothy completed his MEng Civil Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield in 2018, attaining first class honours. During his undergraduate he won the EPC Student Essay Prize 2015, sponsorship from Skanska (2015-16) and Buro Happold (2017), and organised IABSE's Future of Design conference 2017 in Sheffield. Summer placement experience included Crossrail (2014), Thames Water (2015), Factory Manchester (2016) and a specialist piling contractor (2018). Timothy is currently in his first year of PhD, working on a low-cost approach to automation, focussing on the final assembly of components on-site.

tjmb2@cam.ac.uk

Angus Peters

Optimisation of floor systems

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Angus is a PhD candidate focusing on the dynamic response of floors and the application of machine learning in the assessment of floors. Angus completed his Bachelors at the University of Surrey in Civil and Environmental Engineering before undertaking his master at Imperial College London in General Structural Engineering. Angus then worked at AKT 2 for a year working exclusively on Google’s new UK headquarters before returning to academia to complete his PhD under Dr John Orr. 

aep54@cam.ac.uk

Sean Joughin

Load paths in existing buildings

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Sean joined the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge in 2018 joining the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment, first completing his MRes before progressing to become a PhD candidate. Before joining the university, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool in Civil and Structural Engineering and spent a year in industry as a graduate engineer. His research interests centre around the theme of understanding the real-time performance and behaviour of existing building structures.

sj556@cam.ac.uk

Ben Freeman

Whole life performance of product based building and facade systems

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Ben is a first year MRes student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2), at the University of Cambridge. Previously completed an integrated MEng in Civil Engineering at UCL, gaining interest in the wider context of sustainability and applications of life cycle assessment. Ben is a PhD candidate and his research project will aim to develop a tool for the optimisation of whole life performance of product based building and façade systems.

bf334@cam.ac.uk

Diana Thomas McEwen

Diana is principal technician for the ACORN project. She formerly worked in the Dyson Centre for Undergraduate Engineering Design at the university for three years, where she operated, maintained and trained students and staff on a  variety of 3D printing devices, as well as laser and plasma cutting, enabling prototype design and manufacture.

Prior to this for six years Diana worked offshore as a marine biologist and gained practical experience with electrical and mechanical engineering working on research vessels all over the world. Diana was responsible for operating and maintaining a wide range of complex survey equipment (like deepwater camera systems), leading teams of scientists and training junior staff.

dmt38@cam.ac.uk

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Graduates

Ian Benford (2019)

​Ian Benford is a Laboratory Technician in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, where he is providing technical support for research on flexibly formed concrete structures supervised by Dr John Orr. Ian has had his own masonry business since 1998, and has undertaken projects including 5m high retaining walls, ecclesiastical conservation, listed restoration and bespoke landscaping. Since 2003, he has continually learnt to improve application techniques of lime based products, and trained many colleagues. He has a strong interest in all aspects of construction and architecture. Other building projects have included learning adobe building and render techniques in Thailand, creating straw bale sound insulating venues near Bath, and log cabin construction in Canada.

imb38@cam.ac.uk

Dr Will Hawkins (2019)

​Thin shell concrete floors for sustainable buildings

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Will completed his MEng degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a first class (pass with distinction) degree. Will won seven awards during his time at the University of Cambridge. His major research project was ‘Prestressed Ceramic Structures’ which investigated the effects of prestressing in improving the structural performance of common brittle materials such as ceramics. Will graduated from Cambridge in 2013 and joined AKTII as a graduate engineer. He joined the University of Bath in 2015.

Lead Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Advisor: Professor Janet Lees

PhD Thesis

wjh35@cam.ac.uk

Dr Vesna Raicic (2019)

Deep embedment for shear strengthening

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Vesna graduated from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia in 2009 with a BSc degree, and in 2010 with an MSc degree, both in Civil Engineering. Vesna also completed an Advanced Master's in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions at Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona and Czech Technical University in Prague where she was awarded Diploma with Honors. Vesna’s research is focused on the analytical and experimental investigation of Reinforced Concrete Continuous T-beams in buildings strengthened in shear with Deep Embedment technique, a novel, efficient retrofit technique.

Lead Supervisor: Professor Tim Ibell. Co-Supervisors: Dr Antony Darby, Dr Mark Evernden, Dr John Orr

V.Raicic@bath.edu

Dr Yuanzhang Yang (2019)

Novel Reinforcement of Flexibly Formed Concrete Structures

Yuanzhang completed a Bachelors Degree in Engineering in 2011 (top 10%) and Masters Degree in Engineering in 2014 (4.4GPA) at Chongqing University, China. He is currently studying for his PhD. Yuanzhang receives his funding from a University of Bath ‘University Research Scholarship’ and a China Scholarship Council (CSC) award for the duration of his PhD study.

Lead Supervisor: Dr John Orr. Co-Supervisors: Dr Mark Evernden, Professor Tim Ibell, Dr Antony Darby

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Dr David Miranda (2019)

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Helder David Fernandes Miranda was a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he is working on "Concrete Modelled using Random Elements" led by Dr John Orr that is exploring the computational modelling of concrete structures. 

David completed his PhD in Structural Engineering in 2015 ‘Computational Generation and Homogenization of Random Close Packed Materials’ and his MSc in Structural Civil Engineering in 2008, both from the University of Porto, Portugal.

David’s research experience includes the conception and structural analysis of a light weight bus body in fiber reinforced composites with DMEGI-FEUP, and the development of numerical models of the filament winding process to produce composite structures with INEGI. His industrial experience includes time with A400 engineering consultants, where his focus was reinforced concrete buildings.

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Dr Saverio Spadea (2017)

Dr. Saverio Spadea was a Research Fellow in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath (UK) between 2015 and 2017 working on project EP/M01696X/1 led by Dr Orr. Dr Spadea was subsequently appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Dundee in 2017.

Dr Spadea has a strong research interest in all aspects of structural engineering, with particular focus on the use of innovative materials and new building techniques to reduce energy consumption involved in the construction process.

Saverio completed his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Building Rehabilitation at the University of Salerno (2010); he obtained a Master Degree in Building Engineering with honours (2006) and a Bachelor Degree in Building Engineering with honours (2003) from the University of Calabria (Italy). 

Saverio worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Salerno between 2010 and 2015, and was appointed as Visiting Research Scholar at McMaster University (Canada) in 2009 and 2010. Recently, he has been awarded with the J. William Fulbright Scholarship, in the category Visiting Scholar.

Dr Spadea's publications

s.spadea@dundee.ac.uk

Yadgar Tayfur (PhD 2017)

Serviceability of fabric-formed concrete structures

Yadgar completed his BSc in Building & Construction Engineering and MSc in Structural Engineering at the University of Sulaimani, Iraq Kurdistan. Yadgar’s PhD is focused on the Serviceability of Fabric formed concrete structures. His work is divided into two main parts: 1) understanding deflections and cracking behaviour of fabric-formed concrete structures at the serviceability limit; 2) developing a technique to optimise serviceable, architecturally interesting and material-efficient fabric-formed concrete structures.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Antony Darby. Co-Supervisors: Dr John Orr, Dr Mark Evernden, Professor Tim Ibell

PhD thesis

Dr Tayfur's publications

Y.R.Tayfur@bath.ac.uk

Joe Evans (2016)

Joe Evans joined the project team in March 2015. He bought essential knowledge to the team, particularly in the field of automation. Joe left the University of Bath in October 2016 to join Dyson.

Technician

Abbas Tajaddini (PhD 2016)

Explotation of moment redistribution in continuous FRP-strengthened concrete beams

Abbas graduated from the University of Tehran (Iran) in 2000 with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering.  He completed a MEng in Structural Engineering in 2003, with his thesis on the 'Study of earthquake induced multi-component internal forces in spectrum method.’ From 2003 until 2010, Abbas worked in industry as project manager, consulting and supervisor engineer, and design assistant in several projects.  In addition to this, Abbas taught civil and structural engineering in a number of Iranian academic institutions from 2004 to 2011.

Lead Supervisor: Professor Tim Ibell. Co-Supervisors: Dr Antony Darby, Dr Mark Evernden, Dr John Orr

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Dr Tajaddini's publications

A.Tajaddini@bath.ac.uk

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