Centre for Infrastructure Systems Engineering

Our infrastructure systems engineering covers activities across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales aimed at sustainable infrastructure delivery and management.


    Our research encompasses the behaviour of complex structural systems under cyclic, dynamic and extreme loads, the life-cycle characterisation and modelling of damage processes, and the performance management of individual assets and large infrastructure networks. We investigate the enormous potential of digital technologies, including sensing and machine learning algorithms, telecommunication engineering and data science on smart infrastructure and its social, environmental and economic impact on society. Advanced physical testing plays a key part in our research, with tests possible on a wide spectrum of specimens, from single fibres to full-scale bridge sub-assemblies in loading frames ranging from 1N to 1MN.

    Our staff and research students bring together core competencies in materials, mechanics and structural engineering, with expertise in statistical methods, informatics and decision theory. We have established collaborations with a variety of industry partners, enabling us to analyse real data from critical infrastructure assets and to influence the development of industry guidelines on design, inspection and maintenance.

    Research areas

    • Asset integrity management of transport and water infrastructure networks
    • Infrastructure monitoring and data analytics
    • Innovative construction materials
    • Hybrid and composite construction systems
    • Modelling and testing of structures under static/dynamic/fatigue loading
    • Risk and resilience of infrastructure assets and networks
    • Robustness and progressive collapse of structural systems
    • Spatial structures: form development and optimisation
    • Urban systems growth modelling and nature-based solutions.

    Research projects

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    Start date: October 2019

    End date: May 2020


    Academic staff

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    Dr Dan Bompa

    Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Professor Marios Chryssanthopoulos

    Professor of Structural Systems

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    Dr Alex Hagen-Zanker

    Reader in Infrastructure Systems

    Donya Hajializadeh profile image

    Dr Donya Hajializadeh

    Senior Lecturer in Bridge/Structural Engineering

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    Dr Boulent Imam

    Senior Lecturer

    Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis profile image

    Dr Stergios Mitoulis

    Senior Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Dr Michael Mulheron

    Reader in Construction Materials, Director of Learning and Teaching for Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Professor Gerard Parke

    Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering

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    Dr Juan Sagaseta

    Reader in Structural Robustness

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    Professor Paul Smith

    Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Executive Dean (FEPS)

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    Dr Ying Wang

    Senior Lecturer

    Research staff

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    Dr Dimitra Achillopoulou

    Marie Curie Research Fellow

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    Dr Jingyan Yu

    Research Fellow

    Postgraduate research students

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    Aliyu Abdullahi

    Project: Towards digital twin technologies for structural integrity assessment of offshore wind turbines under long-term vibrations

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    Domenic Di Francesco

    Project: System effects in structural integrity management

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    Nigel Lawton

    Project: The analysis of urban growth and surface permeability informed by Earth Observation data

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    Samuel Nkereuwem

    Project: Optimising structural elements containing hybrid fibre-reinforced concrete

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    Chia Sadik

    Postgraduate research student

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    Omidali Samavati

    Project: Rationalization of lattice spatial structures with emphasizing on minimisation of wasted material

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    Pablo Vallhonrat Blanco

    Postgraduate research student

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    Chenmeng Zhang

    Postgraduate Research Student

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    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of Surrey
    GU2 7XH