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Dr. Alan O'Connor

Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Dr. Alan O'Connor is a Professor in the Dept. of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a Fellow of that institution (FTCD). He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (FIEI). He is the Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. 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 180 peer-reviewed academic papers in these areas. He has delivered Keynote Addresses at international conferences in Europe, the United States and Australia.
  Bridge Management Systems   Bridges   Building Construction   Cement and Concrete Chemistry   Civil Engineering   Civil Engineering, Pavements and Structures   Coastal & Ocean Engineering   Concrete Structures   Dams and Earth Structures   Design Engineering   Masonry Engineering   Materials Engineering   Materials, Engineering Properties   Offshore Platforms and Structures   Railway engineering   Steel Structures   Structural Analysis   Structural Design   Structural Engineering   Structural Robustness   Structural Safety   Structure Reliability   Structures   Tunnels   Vehicle Impact
 The Design Optimisation of Offshore Wind Turbines based on site specific stochastic load modelling

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Board member of the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) 2015 -
COST 345 Action Procedures Required for Assessing Highway Structures 2000 - 2002
COST 323 Action Weigh in Motion 1998 - 2000
Associate Editor Bridge Engineering (Frontiers) 2015 -
Cost Action TU1402 - Quantifying the value of structural health monitoring. Management Committee member for Ireland and STSM Coordinator. 2014 -
Engineers Ireland - Structures & Construction Committee Chairman 2011 - 2015
Transportation Research Board (USA) - Steel Bridge Committee 2011 -
Associate Editor, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Journal of Bridge Engineering 2010 -
Federation of European Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) - Irish Research Coordinator 2010 -
International Association of Bridge & Structural Engineers (IABSE), RoI Branch - Founding Chairman & Board Member 2010 -
COST TU0601 Action Robustness of Structures 2007 - 2011
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Danish Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Engineers Ireland, Chartered Engineer (CEng) & Fellow (FIEI) 2004 -
American Society of Civil Engineers (Aff.M.ASCE) 2010 -
International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers 1998
International Association for Bridge Management and Safety 2003
Institution of Concrete Technology (London) 2000
International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering 2016
Joint Committee on Structural Safety 2013
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal, Fatigue reliability using a multiple surface approach, 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering(ICASP13), Seoul, May 26-30, 2019, Notes: [], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal, Adaptive Kriging with biased randomisation for reliability analysis of complex limit state functions, 17th International Probabilistic Workshop (IPW2019), Edimburgh, Scotland, 11-13 September 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal, James Nichols, Antoine Dumas, Stress-cycle fatigue design with Kriging applied to offshore wind turbines, International Journal of Fatigue, 125, 2019, p454 - 467, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal, Probabilistic sensitivity analysis of offshore wind turbines using a transformed Kullback-Leibler divergence, Structural Safety, 81, (101860), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal , Interpolation of confidence intervals for fatigue design using a surrogate model, New Challenges in Decision Making conference (IFED2018), Lake Louise, Canada, 6-9 May, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal, Interpolation of confidence intervals for fatigue design using a surrogate model, International Forum on Engineering Decision Making, 2018, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Rui Teixeira, Maria Nogal, Alan O'Connor, On the calculation of offshore wind turbine load spectra for fatigue design, Mechanical Fatigue of Metals - Experimental and Simulation Perspectives, XIX International Colloquium on Mechanical Fatigue of Metals, Porto, 2018, Conference Paper, APPROVED  TARA - Full Text
Rui Teixeira, Alan O'Connor, Maria Nogal, Surrogate infill criteria for operational fatigue reliability analysis, Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering: Towards an Integrated Vision: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, Ghent, Belgium, 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
O'Connor A., Pedersen C., Enevoldsen I., Application of Probability Based Assessment to Bridges, AUSTROADS Bridge Conference 2017, Melbourne, Australia, April 3rd - 6th 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Teixeira, R., O'Connor, A., Nogal, M., Nichols, J. and Spring, M., Structural Probabilistic Assessment of Offshore Wind Turbine Operation Fatigue Based on Kriging Interpolation, European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2017), Portoroz, Slovenia, June 18-22 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Award Date
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) 2017
Fellowship of Engineers Ireland (FIEI) 2009
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Engineering Award 2003
Enterprise Ireland International Collaboration Award 2001
TCD Foundation Fellowship 1995 - 1998
Probability based safety assessment and optimised lifecycle maintenance management of infrastructural elements/networks, engineering for extremes, structural reliability, optimisation, structural health monitoring and control, statistical load modelling, design code calibration, durability and performance based design, numerical analysis of structures, statistical modelling, bridge design.