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Dr Talib Mahdi

Senior Research Associate

School of Engineering

Email:
mahdita@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
70843
Location:
N1.51

Dr Mahdi’s early research activities were in the field of building material especially concrete and cement and the utilisation of industrial waste in construction. His work has lead to a patent in the field of expansive cement production from industrial waste. During his PhD research and subsequent work in the School of Engineering his research field was shifted toward the computer modelling of overtaking on single carriageway roads. The computer simulation model for single carriageway roads developed by Dr Mahdi was used to assess the improvement alternatives for the A96 in Scotland and to develop accident prediction models for single carriageway roads in UK. Since joining the GRC in 2000 Talib research work was directed toward the utilisation of industrial waste in beneficial application and the remediation of contaminated land and sediments. In 2005 Dr Mahdi was appointed as an International Consultant for United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) working on many projects related to the assessment and remediation of sites contaminated with Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the West African region. He led a team of experts from Ghana and Nigeria in developing a framework for identifying sites contaminated with POPs and a methodology for the selection of best available remediation technologies. Talib is currently working as Senior Impact Specialist managing the Energy and Environment Theme of the Business Interface at Cardiff School of Engineering responsible for the linkage with industries in this sector. Talib is an expert in industrial-academic collaboration and the building up of multidisciplinary consortium within the environment and energy sectors. His expertise was gained through the management of the Geoenvironmental Research Park (GRP: One of the largest GRC projects £5.8M) (2006-2009) and his work as a technical manager for a KEF project entitled Sustainable Material Recovery (2004-2006). The GRP is an R&D project that brought together a multi-disciplinary consortium of 4 research organisations including the TRL, the BRE and two Universities as well as 8 industrial partners to conduct research and support R&D needs of exiting industries working in the fields of waste utilisation & treatment and contaminated land assessment & remediation. Talib is currently working with a number of companies assisting them with their R&D activities and connecting Cardiff School of Engineering with industrial partners and other organisation working in the environment and energy sectors.

  • International Consultant for United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Ex-Charmin of the Ground Engineering Group/ ICE Wales
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management
  • Member of the Institute of Highways and Transportation
  • Consultant Member of Iraqi Engineering Society

2012

2011

  • Mahdi, T.et al. 2011. Evaluating remediation options for contaminated canal sediments. Presented at: International Conference of the British Land Reclamation Society, University of Glamorgan, UK, 7-9 September 2010 Presented at Fox, H. R. and Moore, H. M. eds.Restoration and Recovery: Regenerating land and communities. Whittles pp. 81-91.

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1994

1992

  • Hunt, J. G. and Mahdi, T. 1992. Overtaking sight distances on single carriageway roads. Presented at: Planning and Transport Research and Computation, Twentieth Summer Annual Meeting, Highway Seminar H, Planning and Transport Research and Computation, London, 14-18 September 1992.

1991

1980

Contracts

Title People Sponsor Value Duration
Remediation Feasibility Study for the treatment of Coombe Discharge, Gwindra (extension) Sapsford D, Mahdi T Coal Authority through Mouchel 8765 1/6/2017-1/0/2017
Remediation Feasibility Study for the treatment of Coombe Discharge, Gwindra Sapsford D, Mahdi T Coal Authority through Mouchel 5088 1/10/2016-1/06/2017
New technologies for the removal of phosphates form wastewater Sapsford D, Mahdi T Welsh Wate & ARM 46500 1/10/2015 - 31/3/2019
Field testing of a novel phosphate removal technology Sapsford D, Mahdi T, Geroni J Welsh Water via Celtic Process Control Ltd 20000 24/08/2012 - 23/02/2013
Corrosion Scales in water distruption network Sapsford D, Wilson C, Mahdi T, Geroni J Welsh Wate 4994 12/04/2013 - 11/04/2014
An investigation of the effect of water quality on iron corrosion in mains distribution systems Wilson C, Sapsford D, Mahdi TA Welsh Wate 1800 01/08/2011 - 31/08/2011
Three batches PFA - Mudstone samples: Kd testing for ARUP

Mahdi T Sapsford D, 

Arup Cardiff 15480

1/7/2013 - 31/12/2013

KTP - To develop Voltcom capability in designing and product development of rapidly deployable structures for the protection of under-power line amenities including roads, tracks, buildings, pathways when replacing or constructing o/h power lines Pullin R, Mahdi T, Kwan A KTP for Voltcom Construction Ltd 164223 01/04/2015 - 30/06/2017
In Situ Recovery of Resources from Waste Repositories Sapsford D, Griffiths A, Harbottle M, Mahdi T, Cleall P NERC 56803 01/04/2013 - 30/09/2013
To develop Ford's capacity in resource efficiency and environmental performance through improvements in waste management and effluent treatment Sapsford D, Harbottle M KTP and Ford Motor Company Ltd 125710 01/09/2010 - 31/08/2012
In situ recovery of resources from waste repositories Sapsford D, Harbottle M, Cleall P, Mahdi T, Weightman A (BIOSI) NERC 671454 02/06/2014 - 01/06/2017
Manipulation of iron geochemistry for the remediation of metal mine drainage Sapsford D, Mahdi T Natural Resources Wales NRW 20786 26/01/2015 - 31/07/2015
Geochemical characterisationof mine waste for mine waste management Sapsford D, Mahdi T SRK Ltd 5000 15/10/2014 - 14/10/2015
The effect of carbon dioxide degassing on reducing reagent consumption during water treatment Sapsford D, Mahdi T Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd 4015 10/04/2011 - 31/01/2011
Accelerated weathering of mine wastes - Sahavaara HCT Sapsford D, Mahdi T SRK Consulting Ltd 10500 01/02/2015 - 30/09/2015
Biological reactors as replacement to activated carbon filters for the treatment of contaminated groundwater Harbottle M, Sapsford D, Mahdi T Celtic Technologies 25000 01/11/2010 - 31/10/2011
Sustainable materials recovery Prof HR Thomas, Dr RW Francis, Dr T Mahdi Welsh Development Agency 148123 01/01/2005 - 31/03/2006
Fibre reinforced soil trials Prof HR Thomas, Dr T Mahdi TRL Limited Wales Office 7698 01/02/2005 - 30/04/2005
Geoenvironmental research park Phase 2 Thomas HR, Mahdi T, Francis RW Various Industry 2603746 31/03/2006 - 30/06/2008
Geoenvironmental research park Phase 2 Thomas HR, Mahdi T, Francis RW Various Institutions 76847 31/03/2006 - 30/06/2008
Geoenvironmental research park Phase 2 Thomas HR, Mahdi T, Francis RW The National Assembly for Wales (European Regional Development Fund) 2979406 31/03/2006 - 30/06/2008
SLD De-Silter assessment Babatunde A, Mahdi T Carrier Rental Systems Ltd 7500 01/12/2012 - 31/07/2013

Supervised Students

Title Student Status Degree

New technologies for the removal of phosphates form wastewater

Ban Alkhazraji Current

PhD

Effect Of Gypsum On The Hyrdo-Mechanical Characteristics Of Partially Saturated Sandy Soil

AHMED Khalid Ibrahim Graduate

PhD