Faculty

Areas of Specialization for Degree Programs Research Interests
Perry Adebar
Professor and Department Head
adebar@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.6820
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Concrete structures: seismic design, high-rise buildings, shear design, evaluation and repair of structures.

Materials Engineering

Materials engineering; concrete; advanced composite materials; shotcrete, fibre reinforcement, rebound mechanics, kinamatic studies, optimization; supplementary cementing materials in concrete.

Environmental Engineering

Drinking water treatment, filtration/membrane processes for water and wastewater treatment, distribution system water quality, advanced oxidation, wastewater reuse.

Transportation Engineering

Motor vehicle emissions, active transportation, air quality and exposure, traffic management, ITS, transport system and scenario modeling

Geotechnical Engineering

Shear wave velocity for the detection of fines loss in soils, internal erosion in earth dams, seepage-induced instability in gap-graded soils, grain shape and the strength of sands, filtration compatibility of woven and nonwoven geotextiles, pullout resistance of geogrids in static and dynamic loading, debris flow travel distance on steep mountainous terrain, slope stability in engineering practice.

Project & Construction Management

Construction Engineering and Management, Project Management, Computer-Integrated Construction, Product and Process Models for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Computers in Engineering Education.

Environmental Engineering

Membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment (UBC Filtration Technology Group), membrane fouling, modeling and simulation of wastewater treatment systems, fate of emerging contaminants during secondary treatment, microbial ecology of biological treatment systems.

Terje Haukaas
Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs
terje@civil.ubc.ca
604.827.5557
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Probabilistic mechanics, structural reliability and optimization, timber engineering, earthquake engineering, decision making, risk, advanced structural analysis, finite elements, response sensitivity analysis, software development.

Geotechnical Engineering

Field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, foundation engineering.

Hydrotechnical Engineering

Coastal and offshore hydrodynamics, with a particular emphasis on ocean waves and their effects on structures.

Materials Engineering
Lightweight structures, Marine structures, Finite element analysis, Ultimate strength, Fatigue strength, Structural optimization, Structural longevity
Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrotechnical Engineering

Field and 3D numerical modeling techniques to describe the spatial and temporal variations of physical processes and their impacts on transport in lakes and coastal waters.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrotechnical Engineering

Environmental fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrodynamic stability and mixing, physical limnology, water quality management.

Hydrotechnical Engineering

Optimizing design and operational strategies of water resources projects, reliable withdrawal-treatment strategies for contaminated groundwater supply systems; asset management strategies for mid-sized water utilities with limited break data, water distribution system operational procedures to meet hydraulic and water quality objectives.

Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Contaminated site investigation and management, environmental monitoring, risk and impact assessment, soil-contaminant interactions, mobility and migration of contaminants, remediation technology, mine tailings waste disposal and treatment processes.

Environmental Engineering

Biological process applications in waste treatment and utilization [aerobic and anaerobic treatments of and nutrients recovery from food processing and agricultural wastewaters and solid wastes including composting, and anaerobic digestion. Application of microwave enhanced advanced oxidation process in nutrients solubilization from organic slurries.

Environmental Engineering

Landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies and disinfection by-products in drinking water.

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Geotechnical Engineering

Ground improvement methods, specially GI by Dynamic Compaction; application of high speed photography in geotechnical research; geotechnical physical modelling

Engineering education as a socio-curricular system; Curricula design and assessment; Beliefs and attitude development in engineering education

Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrotechnical Engineering

Water Resources; Atmospheric Boundary Layer; Wind engineering; Evaporation; Turbulence; Large Eddy Simulation; Soil and snow physics; Environmental wireless sensor networks; Watershed and eco-hydrology; Lidar.

Engineering Communication
Classroom culture in engineering communication and the development of post secondary curriculum combining pedagogical approaches for robust short term skills and a career of continuous innovation.
Transportation Engineering

Full Bayes safety models, Automated safety analysis using computer vision techniques, Safety evaluations, Traffic conflicts techniques, Pedestrian modeling, and ITS.

Hydrotechnical Engineering

Modeling and optimization of large-scale civil engineering systems; planning, design and operation of hydroelectric generating facilities; use of decision, policy and risk analysis techniques in water resource planning and management; use of artificial intelligence systems in water resource and hydroelectric systems.

Project & Construction Management

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaboration and integrated project delivery, design and construction coordination, 4D (3D + time) visualization, interactive workspaces

Structural & Earthquake Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering

Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, physics and mechanics of granular materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure interaction.

Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Design of timber joints, Lateral stability of hybrid structures, Mechanical characterization of timber, Assessment and monitoring of timber structures.

Structural & Earthquake Engineering, Materials Engineering

Finite element analysis; Mechanics of composite materials; Constitutive modeling of engineering materials, Plasticity, Damage mechanics; Process modeling of composite structures; Analysis of impact and blast loading of metallic and composite structures.

Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, full scale vibration testing, shake table testing. Seismic risk evaluation and hazard management studies. Investigation of earthquake effects on man-made structures.

Hydrotechnical Engineering
Water Resources Management, Mountain Hydrology, Catchment Hydrology, Flood Forecasting, Uncertainty, Information Theory, Control of Water Systems
Geotechnical Engineering

Response of soils under earthquake loading with particular emphasis on liquefaction of silts; Advanced Soil Pipe Interaction Research (ASPIReTM) program with physical modeling to solve pipeline engineering problems; and advanced laboratory geomaterial characterization research to solve earthquake geotechnical engineerin

Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Seismic behavior and design of steel, concrete and composite structures, seismic behavior and design of tall buildings, develop performance-based evaluation methodology and code design procedures for new and existing structures, using innovative structural component and systems to improve structural performance, including the use of innovative active, semi-active and passive energy dissipation systems, develop accurate and cost effective experimental methods to analyze structural response under extreme loading conditions.

Hydrotechnical Engineering

IR-NDT technologies, Turbulent Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Ecological Fluid Mechanics, Waste water treatment.

Materials Engineering

Repair of historical heritage and modern structures (with focus on bond optimization, compatibility, durability, and sustainability)
Sustainable construction technologies and materials
Sustainable ultra-thin road pavements for rural villages
Fracture Mechanics of cementitious materials and interfaces
Risk of shrinkage and thermal cracking in concrete structures and repairs
Nonlinear phased transient structural analysis
Heat transfer and coupled flow-stress analysis