Associate Professor
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Role in TRUSS: Main Supervisor (ESR4)

Area of Expertise:

Infrastructural asset management and optimised whole life management; Cross asset maintenance optimisation; Structural health monitoring; Wind engineering infrastructure; Stochastic modelling of engineering systems and Structural reliability analysis

Biography:

Alan O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He has extensive national/international experience in infrastructural risk analysis and probabilistic safety assessment. He has advised clients such as: Irish Rail, The Irish National Roads Authority, The Danish Roads Directorate; Danish Railways; Swedish Railways; The Norwegian Roads Authority and The Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. At Trinity College Dublin, the research group which he leads are focused on investigating: infrastructural asset management and optimised whole life management, cross asset maintenance optimisation, structural health monitoring, wind engineering infrastructure, stochastic modelling of engineering systems, risk analysis of critical infrastructure for extreme weather events and structural reliability analysis, He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed academic papers in these areas. He has delivered Keynote Addresses at international conferences in Europe, the United States and Australia.

At the time of start of the TRUSS project, Prof. O’Connor had supervised 10 PhD students to completion, published 45 journal and 110 conference papers.

Selected Research Outputs:

  • Quilligan, A, O’Connor, A. and Pakrashi,V. (2012), “Fragility Analysis of the Performance of Steel and Concrete Wind Turbine Towers”, Engineering Structures, 36(2012):270-282. [DOI]
  • Pakrashi, V., O’Connor, A. and Basu, B. (2010), “A Bridge-Vehicle Interaction Based Experimental Investigation of Damage Evolution”, Structural Health Monitoring, 22(4):285-296. [DOI]
  • O’Connor, A. and Enevoldsen, I. (2008), “Probability based assessment of an existing prestressed post-tensioned concrete bridge”, Engineering Structures, 30:1408-1416. [DOI]