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Dr Brett McKinley

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, Civil Engineering

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

I have over 15 years experience of the design, instrumentation and implementation of physical test programmes for research and commercial product development in the field of structural engineering that includes product development and validation of third party designs. Particular interests include the assessment and durability of existing structures, steel and concrete composite structures, concrete durability, sensors and instrumentation. I primarily teach structural design at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Qualifications

PhD Civil Engineering, City University London, 2000
MEng Civil Engineering, City University London, 1995

Employment

I rejoined City University London in August 2010 as a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and continue to act as a Consultant Structural Engineer to Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd for whom I have worked since 2007. Prior to this I was a Lecturer in Structural Mechanics for the university conducting research in civil engineering and teaching vehicle structures and chassis dynamics in the field of automotive engineering.

Commercial activity

Whilst some commercial activity includes feasibility studies for large projects and design of new structures, most has focused on the condition assessment and ongoing monitoring of existing structures, redevelopment of structures and specialist investigations. Projects have included the assessment and continuous monitoring of buried concrete structures subjected to the aggressive environments around Abu Dhabi, condition assessments of concrete structures in Azerbaijan and Nigeria and vibration assessments of steel structures in Iraq.

Research Interests

Products developed have mainly been concerned with steel and concrete composite structures including Tata Bi-Steel® and Slimdek® and Westok CellBeam® and various glass structures but also includes European collaborations developing sensors and instrumentation that has been used implemented on several bridges including one over a Norwegian fjord and the first public highway bridge in the UK to be made entirely of polymer composites.

Other responsibilities

As Manager of the Heavy Structures Laboratory for the Department of Civil Engineering, I am responsible for health and safety in the laboratory and am orchestrating the laboratory redevelopment including the purchase of new concrete mixing and testing facilities as well as new structural loading equipment for use on the strong floor.

Research

Current research

I have two small funded research projects underway at present concerned with the effect of hot and changeable environments, as found in the Middle East, on the short and long term durability of concrete structures.

Research interests including past research

Past research has lead to a number of developments, including Bi-Steel and Cellular Beams in association with national organisations such as ASD Westok Ltd, The Steel Construction Institute and British Steel.

Other interests are generally concerned with structural integrity monitoring of civil engineering structures including steel, concrete and polymer composite bridges using optical fibre sensing techniques. Long-term field trial monitoring and testing of a steel concrete composite bridge in Norway was successfully achieved during a European Union funded Brite-EuRam project validating the instrumentation and monitoring approach. Similar work has also been conducted on the first public polymer composite bridge, Swindon, UK with current work expanding the optical fibre monitoring techniques for detecting damage within structures for improved life and repair. As an example, studies are being conducted using optical fibre based instrumentation to monitor the load history of piled foundations in London Clay.

Publications

Conference Papers and Proceedings (23)

  1. (2013). Proceedings of the International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation. International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation .
  2. (2011). Proceedings of the International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation. International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation .
  3. (2005). Proceedings of the International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation. International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation .
  4. Yeo, T.L., Eckstein, D., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F., Sun, T. and Grattan, K.T.V. (2005). Fibre-optic sensor for the monitoring of moisture ingress and porosity of concrete. .
  5. Gebremichael, Y.M., Li, W., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Fernando, G.F., Kister, G., Winter, D., Cunning, L. and Luke, S. (2003). Fibre Bragg grating sensor arrays structurally embedded in Europe's first all-fibre reinforced polymer composite public road bridge. Sensors & their Applications XII 2-4 September, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  6. (2003). Proceedings of the International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation. International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation .
  7. Gebremichael, Y.M., Li, W., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2003). Fibre Optical Diagnostics for structural condition monitoring applications exemplified in the MILLENNIUM project. .
  8. McKinley, B. (2002). Multiplexed fiber Bragg grating sensor system and temperature compensated measurement for civil engineering applications. Abstracts in programme order - The Applied Optics and Optoelectronics Conference September, Cardiff, UK.
  9. McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F. and Aarnes, K. (2002). Bridge monitoring using an optical fibre sensor system. IABSE Symposium Towards a better built environment - innovation, sustainability, information technology .
  10. McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2002). Optical fibre systems for bridge monitoring. International Conference on Bridge Monitoring, Safety and Management (IABMAS 2002) .
  11. McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2002). Behaviour of double skin composite construction. .
  12. McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2002). Local buckling of Bi-Steel double skin steel-concrete composite construction. International Conference on Structural Engineering Mechanics and Computation Cape Town, South Africa.
  13. Wade, S.A., Grattan, K.T.V., Sun, T., Leng, J., Fernando, G.F., Mckinley, B., Boswell, L. and D’Mello, C. (2001). Applications of optical fibre temperature and strain sensors for structural integrity monitoring. the Australian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy 2001 3-6 December, Brisbane, Australia.
  14. Gebremichael, Y.M., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Li, W., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Boswell, L., Aarnes, K.A., Aasen, S.E., Kvenild, L. and Fonjallaz, P.Y. (2001). A comparative field study of fibre bragg grating strain sensors and resistive foil gauges for structural integrity monitoring. International Congres on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management (COMADEM 2001) 4-6 September, Manchester, UK.
  15. Gebremichael, Y.M., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Li, W., Grattan, K.T.V., Boswell, L.F., McKinley, B., Aarnes, K.A. and Knevild, L. (2001). Multiplexed fibre Bragg grating sensor system for structural integrity monitoring in large Civil Engineering applications. Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Sensors and their Applications XI 3-6 September, London, UK.
  16. McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2001). Large deformation performance of steel-concrete double skin composite construction using Bi-Steel. International Conference on Structural Engineering Mechanics and Computation Cape Town, South Africa.
  17. Gebremichael, Y.M., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Li, W., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F., Aarnes, K.A., Kvenild, L. and Fonjallaz, P.-.Y. (2001). Comparative field study of fibre Bragg grating strain sensors and foil gauges for structural integrity monitoring. 14th International Congress on Condition Monitoring And Diagnostic Engineering Management (COMADEM) .
  18. Gebremichael, Y.M., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Li, W., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F., Aarnes, K.A., Kvenild, L. and Fonjallaz, P.-.Y. (2001). Bragg grating based multi-sensor system for structural integrity monitoring of a large civil engineering structure: a road bridge in Norway. Proceedings of SPIE on Photonics and Applications, Advanced Photonics Sensors and Applications II .
  19. (2001). Proceedings of the International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation. International Conference The Jack-Up Platform – Design, Construction and Operation .
  20. D'Mello, C., Wade, S.A., Grattan, K.T.V., Sun, T., Leng, J., Fernando, G.F., McKinley, B. and Boswell, L. (2001). Applications of Optical Fibre Temperature and Strain Sensors for Structural Integrity Monitoring. Australian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy Australia.
  21. D'Mello, C., Gebremichael, Y.M, , McKinley, B, and et al., (2001). Comparative field study of fibre Bragg grating strain sensors and foil gauges for structural integrity monitoring. .
  22. Gebremichael, Y.M., Li, W., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., McKinley, B., Grattan, K.T.V., Boswell, L., D'Mello, C.A., Aarnes, K.A. and Kvenild, L. (2001). Bragg grating based multi-sensor system for structural integrity monitoring of a large civil engineering structure: A road bridge in Norway. .
  23. Gebremichael, Y.M., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Li, W., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F., Aarnes, K.A., Kvenild, L. and Fonjallaz, P.-.Y. (2000). Field trials of multiplexed fibre Bragg grating sensor system for online integrity monitoring of the Mjosund road bridge, Norway: EU Millennium project. Optical Techniques for Sensing, The Physics Congress .

Journal Articles (9)

  1. McNamara, A.M., Suckling, T.P., McKinley, B. and Stallebrass, S.E. (2013). A field trial of a reusable, hollow, cast-in-situ pile. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering . doi:10.1680/geng.12.00102.
  2. Yeo, T.L., Eckstein, D., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F., Sun, T. and Grattan, K.T.V. (2006). Demonstration of a fibre-optic sensing technique for the measurement of moisture absorption in concrete. Smart Materials and Structures, 15(2) . doi:10.1088/0964-1726/15/2/N03.
  3. Gebremichael, Y.M., Li, W., Meggitt, B.T., Boyle, W.J.O., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F., Aarnes, K.A., Aasen, S.E., Tynes, B., Fonjallaz, Y. and Triantafillou, T. (2005). A field deployable, multiplexed Bragg grating sensor system used in an extensive highway bridge monitoring evaluation tests. IEEE Sensors Journal, 5(3), pp. 510–519. doi:10.1109/JSEN.2005.846185.
  4. Gebremichael, Y.M., Li, W., Boyle, W.J.O., Meggitt, B.T., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Fernando, G.F., Kister, G., Winter, D., Canning, L. and Luke, S. (2005). Integration and assessment of fibre Bragg grating sensors in an all-fibre reinforced polymer composite road bridge. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 118(1), pp. 78–85. doi:10.1016/j.sna.2004.08.005.
  5. D'Mello, C., McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2004). Jack-up platforms. Marine Structures Journal Special Issue, 17(3-4), pp. 163–163. doi:10.1016/j.marstruc.2004.08.001.
  6. Wade, S.A., Grattan, K.T.V., McKinley, B., Boswell, L.F. and D'Mello, C. (2004). Incorporation of Fiber-Optic Sensors in Concrete Specimens: Testing and Evaluation. IEEE Sensors Journal, 4(1), pp. 127–134. doi:10.1109/JSEN.2003.820352.
  7. D'Mello, C.A., McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2004). Special Issue of Marine Structures Journal. Marine Structures .
  8. D'Mello, C., Wade, S.A., McKinley, B., Grattan, K.T.V. and Boswell, L.F. (2003). Incorporation of Fibre Optic Temperature And Strain Sensors In Concrete Specimens: Testing And Evaluation. IEEE Sensors Journal .
  9. McKinley, B. and Boswell, L.F. (2002). Large deformation behaviour of double skin composite construction. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, (58), pp. 1347–1359.

Reports (4)

  1. McKinley, B. (2009). Eshkol Raw Water Conduit, Israel: Assessment of Earthquake Response..
  2. McKinley, B. (2008). Central Market Diaphragm Wall: Basement Wall Monitoring..
  3. McKinley, B. (2008). Al Raha Beach Development, Al Zeina, Durability of Retaining Wall..
  4. McKinley, B. (2008). Hotel Absheron, Baku: Structural Condition & Assessment..

Education

CV2405 Design and Construction

Part 2 students undertake a number of projects including an intensive 5-week long project concerned with the outline design of a large structure for which they are not explicitly taught e.g. a dam.

CV2406 Structural Design

The module introduces students to concepts of structural design that includes differences between actual and theoretical structural behaviour such that the students can design safe steel framed structures.

CV3403 Structural Engineering

I teach concepts of structural stability as part of this module that is shared with other colleagues.

CVM305/325 Integrated Design Project

I have taken over the lead role in this 45-credit module that guides students through the design process of a large and complex project that requires significant interaction and design compromise. Typically the focus is the design of a large commercial port.

EPM712 Design of Steel and Composite Structures

Few postgraduate students have been introduced to the design of composite structures but usually have some experience of design. The module introduces this more complex subject and their project takes them through the design of a structure usually in accordance with the requirements of the Institution of Structural Engineers entrance examination.

Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations

Students undertaking a project under my supervision usually focus on subjects such as the durability of concrete structures or the behaviour of composite structures.

Other Activities

Collaboration (Industrial)

  1. of (Aug 2010 – present)
    Other partners: Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd

Editorial Activity

  1. Editor of the International Conference of the Jack-Up Platform: Design, Construction and Operation.

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