Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
UCD 2017-05-18T19:25:15+00:00
University College Dublin (UCD)
School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Dublin 4,

logo-hr-excellenceUCD is the largest University in Ireland with almost 25000 students and 1600 academic staff. It has 216 EU FP7 contracts, incl. 76 Marie Curie Actions (17 ITNs). Civil Engineering is ranked 125th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

The structures group has 12 permanent staff, 6 Post-Docs, 35 PhDs, 3 MEngSc and has published over 500 papers in the past 3 years. Capability for material testing in lab and static & dynamic field testing of buildings & bridges. The greatest strength of the group is in its numerical modelling capability and it has access to a 480-core (8.5 Tflops/sec) computer cluster facility with dedicated support staff.
Prof OBrien leads the nationally funded €2,2 million ‘PhD in Sustainable Development’ programme with 17 PhDs from Biology, Planning and Engineering at UCD and Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Laefer is involved on an ERC project on laser scanning and city-scale modelling, and ERC POC and TIDA projects on laser scanning and 3D printing. Dr. Gonzalez participates in FP7 Transformers under the FEHRL umbrella and Dr. McNally in 2013 ITN SUP&R (Sustainable Pavements & Rail) and two 2013 CEDR projects: EARN and CoRePaSol.

Partner in FP5 SAMARIS (Sustainable and Advanced Materials for Road InfraStructures), FP6 ARCHES (Assessment and Rehabilitation of Central European Highway), COST345 on safety and serviceability assessment of highway structures, FP7 ASSET (Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport) Direct_Mat and Re-Road (develop knowledge and innovative technologies for enhanced end of life strategies of asphalt pavements) projects. Coordinator of ITN TEAM (€3.17 million) which aims to deliver new technologies for sustainable transport. Coordinator of FP7 SMART Rail (€2.8 million) which aims to reduce replacement costs, delay and provide environmentally friendly maintenance solutions for aging infrastructure networks.

  • OBrien, E.J., Keogh, D.L., O’Connor, A.J. (2014), Bridge Deck Analysis, Taylor & Francis, 2nd edition (1st published 1999).
  • Gonzalez, A, OBrien, E.J., McGetrick, P (2012), Identification of damping in a bridge using a moving instrumented vehicle, Journal of Sound and Vibration 331(18):4115-4131.
  • McNally, C, Sheils, E (2012), Probability-based assessment of the durability characteristics of concretes manufactured using CEM II and GGBS binders, Construction and Building Materials,30(5):22-29.
  • Keenahan, J., OBrien, E.J., McGetrick, P.J., González, A. (2014), The use of a dynamic truck-trailer drive-by system to monitor bridge damping, Structural Health Monitoring, 13(2), March, 183-197.
  • Truong-Hong,L, Laefer,DF, Hinks,T, Carr, H (2013),Combining an Angle Criterion with Voxelization and the Flying Voxel Method in Reconstructing Building Models from LiDAR Data,Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 28:112-129.