R. (Bob) Lark

R. (Bob) Lark

Professor

Email:
lark@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6176
Location:
S/2.44

Bob is a Chartered Engineer with 40 years of top level Civil Engineering experience in contracting, consultancy, local government and academia.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was Chairman of ICE Wales in 2008/09.  He is a member of the Joint Board of Moderators and Chairman of the Further Learning sub-committee. Bob spent nearly 20 years in industry before returning to academia.  During this time he worked on the construction of the Humber Bridge, was responsible for the detailed design of a number of significant civil engineering projects and was the project manager responsible for the £3M refurbishment of the Newport Transporter Bridge.  He was Chief Engineer of a leading steelwork fabricator at the age of 35 and was the design team leader for the feasibility study that led to the construction of the Skye Bridge. Bob has been a member of the academic staff at Cardiff University since 1994.  During this time he has undertaken research on asset management techniques and the behaviour and design of steel and concrete structures, including the development of new cementitious materials for which he has received EPSRC funding and a Royal Society Brian Mercer Award.  He has collaborated with Corus on the development of innovative light gauge steel structures, Lloyd`s Register on the condition monitoring of bridges, Atkins on reliability based bridge management and assessment techniques and Celsa on the properties and performance of Grade 500C reinforcement.  He has published over 50 papers in academic journals and at international conferences and secured nearly £5M of funding (jointly and individually) for his research.  He has been Chairman and a member of the editorial panel for the ICE’s Bridge Engineering Proceedings; has organised and chaired the ICE International Conferences on Current and Future Trends in Bridge Design, Construction and Maintenance; is a council member of the Concrete Bridge Development Group and Chairman of their working party on Bridge Assessment and is a member of the European fib Task Group TG4.1 on ‘Serviceability limit state design models’.  He was the first leader of the University’s multi-disciplinary research forum for Sustainable Construction and is currently collaborating with both industrial and academic partners in the development of sustainable engineering solutions. Bob lectures in design and construction and is the Discipline Director for the School’s Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (ACE) Discipline. Architectural, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Energy and Environment


* Awarded: ICE Webb Prize for paper in ICE Civil Engineering, 2001 * Chair/Vice-Chair: ICE Int. Conf.  on Bridge Design, Construction and Management, in Shanghai, 2003, Kuala Lumpur, 2005, Beijing, 2007 * Chairman and Editorial Board Member: ICE Bridge Engineering 2005 - 2011 * Member: European Task Group on ‘Serviceability Limit State Design Models’, to refine Eurocodes.

Contracts

TitlePeopleSponsorValueDuration
Shape Memory Chords in Cementitious Composite MaterialDr AD Jefferson, Dr R LarkRoyal Society2953101/03/2007 - 28/02/2008
Acoustic emission technology platformDr AW Davies, Dr KM Holford, Dr RJ LarkEducation and Learning Wales 14788401/12/2001 - 01/08/2002
Finite element modelling of structures under earthquake loadingJefferson AD, Lark RJLUSAS-Cardiff KTP20722801/12/2011 - 01/12/2014
Materials for life (M4L): Biometric multi-scale damage immunity for construction materialsGardner D, Lark RCostain Ltd5303901/10/2013 - 30/09/2016
Sand from Surplus Quarry MaterialGardner D, Lark RJKAYASAND6970902/08/2010 - 01/08/2012
Infrastructure-BIM: A Contractor's Perpective of Infrastructure Information ModellingDr H Li, Prof B LarkAlun Griffiths Contractors Ltd2072501/07/2013 - 31/12/2016
River Usk bridge, hinge joint rotationDr RJ LarkCapita Symonds Ltd 4354805/01/2005 - 04/04/2005
Reinforcement bond researchProf BIG Barr, Dr RJ LarkCelsa Uk 4250101/12/2004 - 31/05/2005
Vertech - Easter Dawych Bridge ProjectLark RSwift Invent Ltd600510/01/2011 - 09/04/2011
Structural and Geoenvironmental applications of waste quarry dust (President's scholarship)Lark R, Gardener D,Kayasand UK Ltd1850001/01/2010 - 30/09/2013
Materials for life (M4L): Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for construction materialsLark R, Gardner D, Jefferson A, Harbottle MEPSRC167202501/04/2013 - 31/03/2016
Low carbon composites for the construction industryLark R, Jefferson AD, Gardner DAlun Griffiths Contractors3300001/10/2010 - 30/09/2013
BIM Execution governance across lifecycle and supply chains (GovernBIM)Lark R, Li HFerrovial6056201/10/2015 - 30/09/2018
A programme of computational and experimental research into the relationship between concrete cracking, durability, bond and rib profileLark RJCelsa Steel Uk5811001/10/2007 - 01/10/2010
Assessment of Celsa 500c stress-strain and fatigue dataLark RJCelsa Uk 3500001/10/2005 - 31/03/2006
Push out testsLark RJFairfield Mabey Ltd 198901/09/2002 - 01/10/2002
Sustainable Advanced Materials for Road Infrastructure (SAMARIS)Lark RJ, Barr BIGTRL Limited 2400001/01/2003 - 31/12/2005
Usk River: Investigation of deck beam thrust hingesLark RJ, Holford KMGwent Consultancy 1189330/08/2002 - 30/09/2002
Shape memory polymer,cementitious matrix material systemLark RJ, Jefferson ADInstitute of Civil Engineers1200015/04/2009 - 15/06/2009
Shape memory polymer,cementitious matrix material systemLark RJ, Jefferson ADInstitute of Civil Engineers1293115/06/2009 - 15/06/2010
Structural performance laboratoriesHolford KM, Evans SL, Featherston CA, Lark RJNational Assembly for Wales (HEFCW) 162800001/04/2006 - 01/04/2008
Concrete hinge model investigationHolford KM, Lark RJAtkins Ltd5150001/07/2007 - 31/12/2007
Acoustic emission in hinge jointsHolford KM, Lark RJHighways Agency 2538801/04/2003 - 31/12/2003

Supervised Students

TitleStudentStatusDegree
The Effect Of Steel Bar Corrosion On The Bond Strength Of Concrete Manufactured With Cement Replacement MaterialsELBUSAEFI Adel AliGraduatePhD
Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Chemical Modelling of Self healing Processes In Cementitious MaterialsCHITEZ AdriannaGraduatePhD
INFRASTUCTURE-BIM: A CONTRACTORS PERSPECTIVE OF INFRASTRUCTIVE INFORMATION MODELLINGBRADLEY AlexCurrentPhD
 PHILLIPS Amanda ClaireGraduateMPhil
Self-healing Cementitious MaterialsISAACS BenGraduatePhD
Numerical Investigation into Moisture Transportation in Cementitious Materials for Self-HealingMA ChuansanCurrentPhD
Experimental and Numerical Studies of the Permeability of ConcreteGARDNER DianeGraduatePhD
Acoustic Emission Technology For The Detection Of Minor Damage In RC StructuresGIANNOULAKIS DimitriosGraduateMPhil
Acoustic Emission Technology For The Detection Of Minor Damage In RC StructuresGIANNOULAKIS DimitriosGraduateMPhil
Bond And Cracking Of Reinforced ConcreteCHAN Hang Chi SimonGraduatePhD
Micromechanical Constitutive Models For Cementitious Composite MaterialsMIHAI Iulia CarmenGraduatePhD
IMPLEMENTING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IN HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.GOONETILLAKE Jaliya J FCurrentPhD
RISK AND RELIABILITY-BASED ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR BRIDGESFLAIG Katja DanielaGraduatePhD
STRUCTURAL AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATION APPLICATIONS OF WASTE QUARRY DUSTPILEGIS MartinsGraduatePhD
Testing, Modelling and Applications of Steel Fibre Reinforced ConcreteLEE Ming KienGraduatePhD
Structural Health Monitoring-smart BridgeMUHAMAD BUNNORI NorazuraGraduatePhD
Comparative Study of Permeability of Concrete to Nitrogen Gas Using Different TestsAL-OTAIBI ObaidGraduatePhD
MATERIALS FOR LIFE - SELF HEALING CONGLOMERATIVE MATERIALS.TEALL OliverCurrentPhD
QUANTITATIVE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES USING ACOUSTIC EMISSIONBECK PaulGraduatePhD
Use of Waste and Low Energy Materials for ConstructionYALLEY Peter Paa-KofiGraduatePhD
Creep and Shrinkage of High Strength ConcreteBUSH Richard JamesGraduatePhD
The Use of Tailor Welded Blanks in the Manufacture of a Lightweight Structural Building PanelPALLETT Richard JamesGraduateEngD
A study of the Time-dependant Behaviour and its Prediction in Concrete and Concrete BridgesHOWELLS Richard WilliamGraduatePhD
A Novel Self-Healing memory Polymer-Cementitious SystemDUNN SimonGraduatePhD
BIM BASED DECISION MAKING SYSTEM FOR HIGHWAYS ASSET MANAGEMENT.LAMB SimonCurrentPhD
AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DESIGN AND BEHAVIOUR OF MULTI-CELLULAR STRUTSSCOTT Simon FrancisGraduatePhD
Acoustic Emission Monitoring in Industrial ApplicationsBRADSHAW TimothyGraduateMPhil
Investigation of a Novel Self-Healing Cementitious Comp[osite Material SystemHAZELWOOD TobiasGraduatePhD

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