So this website disappeared for a while, as you may have noticed. In July 2013 I moved to Australia, to the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne – see me here. It’s been a very busy time since then, and the website got lost in the mix. I’m really pleased to have… Read More


Peter Rice the famous and brilliant Irish engineer died 20 years ago this year. To celebrate his significant contribution to the global profession of structural engineering, a few new publications/broadcasts have been released. These are a must read/watch/listen for any structural engineer, but especially Irish students of structural engineering! 1. Traces of Peter Rice Arup… Read More


Here’s an amazing false colour image of a micro crack in steel, viewed through an electron microscope. Through repeated load cycles such cracks get bigger and bigger with the bulb of plastic material at the crack tip getting larger and larger. The resulting stress intensification around the crack causes more plasticity accentuating the process. If… Read More


Well the Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland (BCRI) conference, held on 6/7 September 2012, and co-chaired by myself and Dr Alan O’Connor of Trinity College Dublin seemed to go very well. There has been very positive feedback and some very good suggestions for future events. I won the Young Researcher Award (from an independent… Read More


The video of spaghetti bridge world record test is below. The bridge weighed 0.982 kg and held 443.58 kg before failing spectacularly. This is an amazing strength-to-weight ratio of almost 452 and beat the previous world record by 92 kg. It was built by two Hungarian students, Aliz Totivan and Norbert Pozsonyi and tested at… Read More