Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics
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Research includes:

  • Engineering design
  • Virtual prototyping
  • Multiscale information modelling and standards
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Infrastructure condition assessment
  • Visualisation (mixed reality, visual analytics) 
Engineering design

Engineering Design and Construction



Column Face Bending of Anchored Blind Bolted 


Extended HolloBolt (EHB) is a promising anchored blind bolting system for concrete filled tubular sections.

It was developed at the University of Nottingham as a modified version for the Lindapter HolloBolt.  Bending of the column face component is one of the failure modes for EHB connections.  Up to date, there is insufficient data to estimate the strength and stiffness of this component.  

Therefore, this research is aimed at providing the fundamental understanding of the column face bending performance in EHB connections and devise analytical models to simulate its behaviour.

These models can then be used under the component method for the design of the EHB connections. 

PhD Student:

  • Mohammed Mahmood 


  • Dr Walid Tizani


  • Prof Carlo Sansour
IFC Based Versioning of Information Model for Collaborative Design


The research aims is to develop and validate a data model for managing versioning information. This data model integrates with the IFC data standard through proposing new EXPRESS schema.

In the new IFC file, each object can hold its full change history. This improves managing BIM models and allows collaborative process among designers.

A prototype system is implemented using C#.NET framework and Revit API platform to verify the feasibility and usefulness of the versioning concept in an extended IFC model.

A real design scenario involving multi-disciplinary designers and multiple-model versions is used to validate the proposed prototype system for typical design activity.

PhD Student:

  • Aras Jaly Zada Aras


  • Dr Walid Tizani


Simulations for multi-level Analysis of interactions in Tunnelling based on the Building Information Modelling technology


With increasing urbanization and mobility, the need for underground facilities and consequently efficient and safe design and construction techniques grows.

The goal of the SATBIM project is to develop a multi-level simulation model for tunnel-structure interaction integrated in the framework of Building Information Modelling to support engineering decisions during the project life cycle and to allow for the evaluation and minimization of risks on the existing infrastructure.

SATBIM is an integrated platform for structural analysis, visualisation and optimization of the mechanized tunnelling process from early stages of the design over to the construction and the operation phase. The complete concept will be validated using industrial data with reference to the Rastatter tunnel project in Germany.

The output will have wide implication on technology with expected high academic and industrial impact.



  • Dr Jelena Ninic (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow)


  • Dr Christian Koch



Virtual Prototyping of Buildings for Improving the Structural Resilience in Design


With ever-increasing developments in technology, building information modelling (BIM) has a significant role in improving the current structural design practices.

This research proposes a new design approach, which is an integrated and interactive design environment, in which rapid simulations can be performed with virtual prototypes of buildings, incorporating structural resilience into the design process.


PhD Student:

  • Burak Kircal


  • Dr Walid Tizani




Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics

The University of Nottingham
The Faculty of Engineering,
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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