Civil Engineering

Meet the team

Dr Shane Newell

Department: Building & Civil Engineering 
Campus: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road Campus.
Email: shane.newell@gmit.ie 

Tel:  +353-91-742880 

Research Interest

Structural Engineering, Construction Materials, Structural Health Monitoring, Engineering Education, Smart Materials, Sustainable Design 

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed

Ignatavicius S, Kavanagh A, Colleran D, Brennan M, Newell S (2020) Experimental investigation of optimum properties and conditions for use of anionic emulsions in road maintenance applications. Civil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI 2020) & Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN 2020) Conference. Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2020-08-27- 202008-28, pp. 448-455. 
 
Newell S, Goggins J (2019) Experimental study of hybrid precast concrete lattice girder floor at construction stage. Structures Vol. 20, pp. 866-885 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2019.06.022
 
Newell S, Goggins J (2018) Investigation of thermal behaviour of a hybrid concrete floor using embedded sensors. International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials 12:66 (https://doi.org/10.1186/s40069-018-0287-y

Other Publications

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Dr Suhaib Salawdeh 

Department: Building & Civil Engineering 
Campus: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road Campus.
Email: Suhaib.salawdeh@gmit.ie  

Tel:  +353-91-742880 

Research Interest

Dr. Salawdeh’s main research interests are related to structures, earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, geotechnical engineering, computational mechanics, sustainable construction technologies, sustainable energy and life cycle assessment.

Recent Publications

Ahmad N., M. Masoudi, S. Salawdeh (2021), “Cyclic response and modelling of special moment resisting beams exhibiting fixed-end rotation” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, DOI 10.1007/s10518020-0 0987-w 

Salawdeh, S. (2020) “Direct Displacement Based Seismic Design of Irregular CBFs” Civil Engineering Research in Ireland 2020 (CERI2020), Cork, Ireland. 

Salawdeh, S. and N. Ahmad (2020) “Performance based design approach for reinforced concrete precast structures” Civil Engineering Research in Ireland 2020 (CERI2020) Cork, Ireland. 

Other Publications

Full list of other publications.

 

Dr Martin Taggart

Department: Building and Civil Engineering; Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
Campus: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road Campus.
Email: martin.taggart@gmit.ie  

Tel:  091 742875 

Research Interests

  • Construction process improvement, Lean construction and programme development.

  • Construction procurement reform.

  • Innovation and digital development, including Building Information Modelling.

  • Action orientated research methodologies.

Recent Publications

Majority of publications available on ResearchGate  Martin Taggart (researchgate.net)

Tezel, A., Taggart, M., Koskela, L., Tzortzopoulos, P., Hanahoe, J. and Kelly, M., (2020). Lean construction and BIM in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in construction: a systematic literature review. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 47(2), pp.186-201. https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/cjce-2018-0408

Taggart, M., Willis, C. and Hanahoe, J., (2019). Not seeing the wood for the trees-a Gemba Walk through a timber framed housing development. In Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International. Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) (pp. 1209-1218). Dublin, Ireland. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin-Taggart-2/publication/335036124_Not_Seeing_the_Wood_for_the_Trees_-_A_Gemba_Walk_Through_a_Timber_Framed_Housing_Development/links/5d55c1f792851cb74c6f9610/Not-Seeing-the-Wood-for-the-Trees-A-Gemba-Walk-Through-a-Timber-Framed-Housing-Development.pdf

Gottsche, J., Kelly, M. and Taggart, M., (2016). Assessing the impact of energy management initiatives on the energy usage during the construction phase of an educational building project in Ireland. Construction management and economics, 34(1), pp.46-60. http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25820/1/221650_PubSub3434_Raiden.pdf#page=301

Other Publications

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Dr Alan Duggan

Department: Building & Civil Engineering

Campus: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road Campus.

Email: alan.duggan@gmit.ie  

Tel:  +353 (0)91 753161 

Research Interests

Dr Alan Duggan is a chartered engineer with experience in the academic and design consultancy environments. He has provided detailed geotechnical and structural engineering designs for major infrastructure projects, particularly within the Design and Build market.

He has played a key role in projects in Ireland, the UK, and the Middle East, in sectors such as highways, marine, water and wastewater treatment plants, microtunnelling, and other heavy civil engineering projects, as well as in commercial and residential developments.

Alan has extensive experience in earthworks, foundations, soft ground engineering, peat stabilisation, slope stability assessments, soil nail design, sheet pile design, tunnelling, rock stabilisation, port infrastructure, retaining wall analyses, RC and steel structural design, groundwater modelling, pile design, temporary works and environmental life cycle assessments.

Alan also has specialist research knowledge of ground improvement techniques and foundation solutions for construction in peatlands, with his PhD focusing specifically on stabilising peat with cement and other additives, including GGBS.

  • Alan has a wide range of research interests within geotechnical and structural engineering and the built environment including:

  • Earthworks and soft ground engineering, especially ground improvement techniques such as dry soil mixing, lime stabilisation and peat stabilisation

  • Sustainable development, the circular economy and environmental life cycle assessments

  • Carbon capture and the carbonation process in soils and concrete

  • Groundwater modelling and slope stability assessments in soil and rock

  • Geotechnical and structural engineering in heavy civil engineering works

Recent Publications

Published peer-reviewed journal publications

Duggan, A., McCabe, B., Goggins, J., and Clifford, E. (2020). Stabilisation for peat improvement: extent of carbonation and environmental implications. Journal of Cleaner Production. 271. 122540.

Duggan, A., McCabe, B., Goggins, J., and Clifford, E. (2019). Evidence of Stabilized Peat as a Net Carbon Sink. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 31(3). 04019005.

Duggan, A., McCabe, B., Goggins, J., and Clifford, E. (2017). The use of carbonation depth techniques on stabilised peat. Geotechnical Testing Journal. 40(6). 1083–1100.

Other Publications

Full list of other publications.

 

Dr Jan Göttsche

Department: Building & Civil Engineering

Campus: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road Campus.

Email: jan.gottsche@gmit.ie  

Tel:  091-753161

Research Interests

Sustainability, Resource Efficiency, Construction & Demolition Waste Management, Circular Economy, Education for Sustainability

Recent Publications

The National Waste Prevention Programme published Sectoral Sustainability Factsheets and Case Studies, in 2021, for the construction sector so that enterprises can embed sustainability and climate action into their businesses by reducing water use, waste and energy. These factsheets were developed by Dr. Jan Gottsche and Dr. Mark Kelly. https://www.epa.ie/waste/nwpp/sectors/

Gottsche, J. and Kelly, M. (2020) Assessing the impact of resource efficiency on selected case studies in Ireland. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Waste and Resource Management, Volume 173, Issue 4, Pp. 107-118 https://doi.org/10.1680/jwarm.20.00006

Kelly, M., Burke, K. and Gottsche, J. (2019) Exploring material circularity opportunities for a construction-SME on small-scale projects in Ireland. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 225 (2019) 012066.https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/225/1/012066/pdf

Other Publications

List of other publications.

 

Dr Mark Kelly

Department: Building & Civil Engineering

Campus: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road Campus.

Email: Mark.Kelly@gmit.ie

Tel:  +353 (0)91 742161

Research Interest

Construction and demolition waste prevention, reduction, and management; resource efficiency in construction; circular economy and the built environment; BIM and digital transformation; education for sustainability; behavioural and organisational change.

Recent Publications

Kelly, M. and Gottsche, J. (2020) Resource Efficiency on Site Toolkit, EPA.

https://www.epa.ie/waste/nwpp/sectors/

Acted as peer reviewer for ‘Introduction to Circular Economy for Beginners’ toolkit prepared by Resource Futures Scotland for the Southern Waste Region (2020).

http://southernwasteregion.ie/publications

Gottsche. J. and Kelly, M. (2020) Assessing the impact of resource efficiency on selected case studies in Ireland, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Waste and Resource Management, https://doi.org/10.1680/jwarm.20.00006

Other Publications

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