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College Photo Name O'Kelly, Brendan
Main Department Civil Struct & Env. Eng.
College Title Associate Professor
E-mail bokelly@tcd.ie
College Tel +353 1 896 2387
Web http://people.tcd.ie/bokelly
Fax +353 1 677 3072
 
Biography
Dr. Brendan O'Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and is a lead member of the Geotechnics Research Group. Brendan, a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, is a specialist in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering and the earth sciences with over 20 years experience in research, development and consultancy. Brendan was made a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2010. Brendan has a broad range of research interests, both of a fundamental and applied nature, including: (i) Novel ground improvement techniques including (a) Design approach for improving rampart roads over peat deposits using the vacuum consolidation technique funded by the National Roads Authority; (b) soil improvement by grouting including nano/biogrout funded by the Irish Research Council; (c) reduction of the long-term compressibility of peat deposits by a pre-decomposition technique funded by the Public Service Department, Government of Malaysia; (ii) fundamental studies on the principal of effective stress as applied to organic soils funded by the Irish Research Council; (iii) characterization and measurement of the geotechnical properties of municipal wastes, in particular biosolids and water treatment residues. Brendan has authored over 100 technical publications since 2003, which includes 50 full papers, 4 Discussion articles and 1 Closure article in high impact international journals. See also http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=yv9F1i4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao Prior to his current appointment, Brendan was a design engineer with Scott Wilson Consulting Engineers, UK, and for successive two-year periods as the Pierce-Newman Fellow in Civil Engineering, Research Fellow in Soil Mechanics and Assistant Lecturer in Civil Engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland.
 
Representations
Details Date
National Management Committee Member for COST Action TU1202: Impact of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure (http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/tud/Actions/TU1202) 2012-2016
Member Scientific Committee for Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference (Bridges, Concrete, Geotechnics, Materials, and Structures), 28th–29th August 2014, Belfast 2014
Member Scientific Committee for Joint Symposium on Bridge and Infrastructure Research in Ireland and Concrete Research in Ireland (2nd-3rd September 2010), Cork 2010
Member Scientific Committee for Joint Symposium on Bridge and Infrastructure Research in Ireland and Concrete Research in Ireland (4th–5th December 2008), Galway 2008
Co-chair (B.C. O’Kelly and A. Kahru) for Environmental Restoration (session II) at the First International Conference on Environmental Management, Engineering, Planning and Economics (CEMEPE), Skiathos, Greece, 28th June, 2007 2007
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Chartered Engineer and Fellow (CEng FIEI) of The Institution of Engineers of Ireland 2001– 2012
Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Society for the Environment, UK 2005 –
Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE), Institution of Civil Engineers, London 2003 –
European Engineer (EurIng), European Federation of National Engineering Associations 2002 – 2012
International Register of Professional Engineers (IntPE) 2004 2012
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, FTCD (awarded on the grounds of distincition in research and scholarship) 2010
Fellow of The Institution of Engineers of Ireland, FIEI 2008
Fellow Geological Society, London, FGS 2004
Pierse-Newman Fellowship in Civil Engineering, University College Dublin (first recipient) 1998–2000
Award recipient for best paper in geotechnical engineering at 2010 Conference on Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland (BCRI) [Osorio J.P., Farrell E.R. and O'Kelly B.C., Peat improvement under vacuum preloading: A novel approach for bog roads in Ireland. Vol. 1, pp. 255 – 262] 2010
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Languages
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
 
Description of Research Interests
Soil Mechanics; Geotechnical Engineering; Geoenvironmental Engineering
 
Research Interests
Dams and Earth Structures Environmental Engineering Environmental engineering Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnics Landslides Materials Testing Soil Mechanics & Foundations
Solid Waste Disposal
 
Research Projects
Project title Design Approach for Improving Bog Rampart Roads
Summary Investigators: Dr. Eric R. Farrell (Principal Investigator), Dr. B.C. O’Kelly (PhD supervisor) and Dr. Jim McElvaney; and Mr. Juan Pablo Osorio Salas (PhD research student_Colombia). Funding:- Research Programme Fellowships (2007) from the National Roads Authority, Ireland; Postgraduate Ussher Fellowship from Trinity College Dublin and Geotechnical Research Award from the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. The total funding for the project from the National Roads Authority is €136,000. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A vacuum consolidation field test was successfully implemented for a 10 x 10 m area of raised bog, in order to investigate the performance of the method in pseudo-fibrous peat deposits and also to evaluate the viability of this technique for the construction and improvement of roads over peat. The efficiency of two different spacing of prefabricated drain was investigated for the 4-m deep peat deposit. The test was instrumented and monitored for a period of 11 months. Two different vacuum generating systems were also tested during the project. The field data were back-analysed using a range of finite element models incorporated in PLAXIS. Acceptable results were obtained for the ground vertical displacements. The design parameters were determined by means of oedometer tests, indicating that the geotechnical properties of the peat obtained in conventional tests can be used in the design of vacuum consolidation projects. Project profile: http://www.nra.ie/nra-research/research-profiles/Design-Approach-for-Improving-Rampart-Roads.pdf http://www.engineersireland.ie/EngineersIreland/media/SiteMedia/groups/societies/geotechnical/Vacuum-Consolidation-in-Peat.pdf?ext=.pdf
Funding Agency National Roads Authority (Ireland)
Programme Research Programme Fellowship (2007): Project reference NR/250/04 PO 6269
Type of Project PhD
Date from October 2007
Date to September 2011
Person Months


Project title
Summary Dr. B.C. O'Kelly (Principal Investigator), and Mr. Mohammad Aminpour (Research student_Iran).
Funding Agency Postgraduate Research Studentship from Trinity College (2014-2017)
Programme
Type of Project PhD
Date from March 2014
Date to March 2017
Person Months 36


Project title Anisotropic Constitutive Modelling of Peat Soils
Summary Dr. B.C. O'Kelly (Principal Investigator), and Ms. Lin Zhang (Research student_China).
Funding Agency Irish Research Council (2011-2015)
Programme EMBARK Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (RS/2011/271)
Type of Project PhD
Date from December 2011
Date to March 2015
Person Months 36


Project title Model Studies on Monopile under Long-Term Cyclic Lateral Loading
Summary Dr. B.C. O'Kelly (Principal Investigator), and Mr. Muhammad Arshad(Research student_Pakistan).
Funding Agency Postgraduate Research Studentship from Trinity College (2011-2014)
Programme
Type of Project PhD
Date from September 2011
Date to September 2014
Person Months


Project title Application of Biopolymers in Soil Improvement by Grouting
Summary Dr. B.C. O'Kelly (Principal Investigator), and Mr. Hamid Reza Khatami (Research student_Iran).
Funding Agency Irish Research Council
Programme EMBARK Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (RS/2010/2571)
Type of Project
Date from September 2010
Date to September 2013
Person Months


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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Khatami H.R. and O'Kelly B.C., Improving mechanical properties of sand using biopolymers, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139, (8), 2013, p1402 - 1406
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Sivakumar V., O'Kelly B.C., Madhav M.R., Moorhead C. and Rankin B., Granular anchors under vertical loading/axial pull, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 50, (2), 2013, p123 - 132
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Igoe D.J.P., Gavin K.G. and O'Kelly B.C., Shaft capacity of open-ended piles in sand, ASCE Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 137, (10), 2011, p903 - 913
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Gavin K.G. and O'Kelly B.C., Effect of friction fatigue on pile capacity in dense sand, ASCE Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 133, (1), 2007, p63 - 71
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