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Professor Tommy Chan

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Civil Engineering

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Name
Professor Tommy Chan
Position(s)
Professor in Civil Engineering
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Civil Engineering
Discipline *
Civil Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 6732
Fax
+61 7 3138 1170
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Founding Chair and President, the Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (since 2009)
  • Member, the Institution of Engineers, Australia (since 1991)
  • Fellow, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Hong Kong (Fellow since 2011, Member since 1992)
  • Member, the Institution of Civil Engineers (since 1993)
  • Member, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (since 2002)
  • Chartered Professional Engineers, Australia (since 1991)
  • National Professional Engineer Registered in Civil (since 1994) & Structural (since 1997), Australia
  • Chartered Engineer, the Engineering Council, UK (since 1994)
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Hong Kong (1992-2007)
Keywords

Bridge-Vehicle Interaction, Bridges, Fatigue Analysis, Highway Bridge Loadings (Static and Dynamic), Moving Force Identification, Non-destructive Damage Detection, Optical Fiber Sensors, Structural Dynamics, Structural Health Monitoring, Weigh-In-Motion Studies

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

ResearchWithin the broad field of structural engineering, Professor Chan and his research team have defined six main research areas

  • Structural Dynamics, Bridge-Deck Analysis, Bridge-Vehicle Interaction
  • Design, Construction and Analysis of Bridges including Long Span Cable-supported Bridges
  • Highway Bridge Loadings (Static and Dynamic)
  • Weigh-In-Motion Studies, Moving Force Identification
  • System Identifications, Non-destructive Damage Detection
  • Structural Health Monitoring, Optical Fiber Sensors, Fatigue Analysis.

Grants Funding Professor Tommy Chan has received over $ 3.5 million in research funding

 

List of Selected Awarded Grants Within the broad field of structural engineering, Prof Chan and his research team have been granted funds to conduct the following research projects:

  • 2016: Development of Intelligent Structures that can Self-Evaluate Deterioration : Australia Research Council Discovery Project Grants Funding: A$360,000. This project will transform traditional civil structures into intelligent (or smart) structures by installing in them innovative structural evaluation systems that can accurately identify current and future structural deterioration conditions and automatically notify the infrastructure management authority for timely and prudent maintenance schedules. This can be achieved with very few inexpensive vibration sensors operated in either conventional or modern sensing platforms.
  • 2013-2016: Next Generation Prestressed Concrete Bridges using Moving Force Identification: Australia Research Council Discovery Project Grants Funding: A$300,000.This project will enhance the safety of prestressed concrete bridges which constitute 70% of Australian bridges and hence provide economic benefits. The procedure developed can evaluate the health status of these bridges and the prestressing force which was hitherto difficult to determine, even though it controls bridge load carrying capacity.
  • 2014-2015:  SHM of Bridges for Post Disaster  Decision, Research in Business, Funding, A$100,000, supported by Rockfield Technologies Australia Pty Ltd and Department of Industry – Enterprise Connect. This project investigates the application of Structural Health Monitoring technogies to help asset owners to make decision after extreme events.
  • 2011-2013: Life Cycle Management of Railway Bridge Sponsors:  CRC for Rail Innovation Funding: A$751,000 This project will develop a long term/strategic Asset Management Plan for the life cycle of bridges adopting an Effective Monitoring System integrating with an Updateable Bridge Rating System.
  • 2010: Australian crashworthiness design scenarios for rolling stock Sponsors: CRC for Rail Innovation Funding: A$232,000 This project will survey a number of recent significant Australian rail accidents in detail and on the basis of these, and the scenarios used in overseas crashworthiness standards, consider whether there is a need to develop scenarios for inclusion into the RISSB AS 7520 “Railway rolling stock – Body structural requirements” standards for locomotive and passenger rolling stock.
  • 2007-2014: Monitoring and Maintaining the Structural Health of Bridges Using Vibration Characteristics Sponsors: Australia Research Council Grants Funding: A$219,000 This project will develop an innovative structural health monitoring system using sensors, damage detection models and dynamic computer simulation techniques to assess bridge health, predict distress and recommend retrofitting. It is supported by the Queensland Main Roads Department and the Brisbane Council through an ARC Linkage Grant.
  • 2006: Vertical Displacement Measurements using Optical Sensors/Devices for Monitoring the Structural Health of Bridges Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 672,000 The main objective of this project is to extend the application of FBG sensors for measuring the vertical displacement of bridges using the FBG strain sensors together with several FBG-based tilt sensors, developed by the investigators. In order to enhance the inspection procedures of bridge maintenance, the proposed study will also develop a method using a digital camera based on sub-pixel identification for displacement measurement.
  • 2005: Fibre Optic Sensors/Devices for Vertical Displacement Measurements for Highway Bridges Sponsors: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Grants Funding: HK$ 140,000 The main objective of this project was to investigate the use of fibre optics as a potential viable option for measuring vertical displacement in highway bridges. The outcome of the project will help improve the accuracy of vertical displacement recordings for the monitoring highway bridges.
  • 2004: Effective Improvement on Moving Force Identification System (MFIS) Sponsors: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme Funding: HK$ 652,000 The main objectives of the project were to improve the developed moving force identification system (MFIS) to identify moving time-varying axle loads on bridges more effectively and practically.
  • 2003: Nonlinear Physical-Based Modeling of Long-Span Steel Bridges for Health Assessment in Structural Health Monitoring Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 402,969 The main objectives of this project were to develop a theoretical framework for the nonlinear physical-based modeling of structural degradation behavior during the service lifetime of long-span steel bridges for the purpose of assessing their health status based on the validated model and structural health monitoring data.
  • 2002: Evaluation of Dynamic Loads for Bridge Design in Hong Kong Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 451,404 The main objective of this project was to develop dynamic load expressions for bridge design in Hong Kong.
  • 2002-2004: Innovative Optical Fibre Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring of Tsing Ma Bridge Sponsors: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Cross Department Project Grants Funding: HK$ 360,000 The objectives of the proposed project are to explore innovative optical fibre dynamic strain sensors and accelerometers and develop the corresponding techniques for sensor embedment/adhesion in civil structures and sensor signal interrogation for continuous monitoring; and to implement the sensors in the Tsing Ma Bridge and develop experimental procedures to determine the capabilities of optical fibre sensors in detecting structural health and conditions of bridges.
  • 2000-2002: Evaluation of Dynamic Loads for Bridge Design in Hong Kong Sponsors: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Grants Funding: HK$ 200,000 The project aims to conduct a preliminary study to explore the dynamic load expressions for bridge design in Hong Kong.
  • 2001-2004: Fatigue Evaluation of Existing Bridges Based on Continuum Damage Mechanics and Online Monitoring Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 396,050 This project is aimed at developing an approach for accurately evaluating fatigue damage and the remaining service life of existing bridges at an earlier stage than current approaches for fatigue assessment.
  • 2000-2002: Fatigue Damage Analysis of Large Steel Bridges by Finite Element Sponsors: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Grants Funding: HK$ 180,000 The project aims to develop a finite element model for fatigue damage analysis of large steel bridges using the Tsing Ma Bridge as a case study.
  • 1999-2000: Identification of Bridge-friendly Vehicle Characteristics Sponsors: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Grants Funding: HK$ 200,000 The main objectives of the present project are to modify a developed bridge-vehicle interaction model from a two axle vehicle model to a maximum four-axle articulated vehicle model and to carry out parametric studies based on this developed model to identify the characteristics of a bridge-friendly vehicle.
  • 1997-2001: Accounting for Bridge Dynamic Loads Using Moving Force Identification System (MFIS) Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 360,000 This research project aims to develop a system to identify moving dynamic (time-varying) axle loads based on the four developed moving force identification methods.
  • 1995-2000: Accounting for Bridge Dynamic Loads Using Moving Force Identification System (MFIS) Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 538,000 This research project aims to use the weigh-in-motion data to develop static live load models for bridge design in Hong Kong.
  • 1993-1997: Assessment of Highway Loadings from Bridge Responses Sponsors: Hong Kong Research Grants Council Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Funding: HK$ 612,000 This research project aims to use the weigh-in-motion data to develop static live load models for bridge design in Hong Kong.

 

 Awards

  • 2016: Vice Chancellors’ Award for superior performance in Leadership (awarded by QUT)
  • 2011: Top Supervisor 2011 Award (awarded by QUT)
  • 2011: Vice Chancellor’s Award for superior performance in research area (awarded by QUT)
  • 2010:Vice Chancellor’s Award for superior performance in research area (awarded by QUT)
  • 2009:Vice Chancellor’s Award for superior performance in research area (awarded by QUT
  • 2009: Jiangsu Province Science and Technology Advancement Award (awarded by Jiangsu Province Government, PR China)
  • 2008: Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer “Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel” (awarded by HK PolyU)
  • 1999:  Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Civil Engineering Papers of the Year Awards (1998/1999): Research Medal (awarded by the HKIE)
  • 1998: Outstanding Consultancy Awards: Winner of the Largest Consultancy Project Category within the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (awarded by HK PolyU)
  • 1997: Winner of the Personal Homepage Competition (awarded by HK PolyU)
  • 1985-1988: University of Queensland Postgraduate Research Award (1985-1988).

 

Recognitions

  • 2017: Invited Keynote Speaker at 5th International Symposium on Sensor Science (I3S 2017), 27-29 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2017: Invited Keynote Speaker at Advances in Architecture and Civil Engineering, 8-9 May 2017,  Singapore
  • 2017: Invited Speaker of a special seminar jointly organized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in January 2017.
  • 2015: Invited Speaker of Brisbane Winter 2015 Lecture organized by ASCE Australian Section
  • 2015: Invited Speaker at the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization, 7-9 January, 2015, Hong Kong
  • 2014: Invited Key Speaker at Road and Rail Structures Australia, Brisbane, 2014
  • 2014: Invited Key Speaker at the Centre for Infrastructure, Engineering and Safety Symposium, Sydney, 2014 organized by UNSW
  • 2014: Invited Key Speaker at the Institute of Infrastructure Engineering Annual Conference, Sydney, organized by UWS on SHM
  • 2014: Invited Key Speaker at Road and Rail Structures Australia, 31 March to 1 April 2014, Brisbane
  • 2012: Invited as a Key Speaker of in 3rd Australia Bridges 2012, 1-2 May 2012, Melbourne.
  • 2012: Invited to organise a mini-symposium for First International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, 5-7 December 2012, Hong Kong.
  • 2012: Invited speaker of First International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, 5-7 December 2012, Hong Kong.
  • 2011: Invited to organise a special session for the 14th Asia-Pacific Vibration Conference 5-8 December 2011, Hong Kong.
  • 2011: Invited Speaker at the 14th Asia-Pacific Vibration Conference 5-8 December 2011, Hong Kong (as a leading expert in Structural Health Monitoring).
  • 2008:Invited to organise a special session for the Third World Congress on Engineering Asset Management and Intelligent Maintenance System Conference 2008
  • May 2008: Invited to be a Member of the International Scientific Committee of the 5th International Conference on Weigh-In-Motion (ICWIM5) in Paris, France.
  • 2007: Invited to contribute a chapter to a book on “Innovations in Professional Education – Practices and Reflection” – published by Pearson Education Asia Limited under the imprint of Prentice Hall Publishing
  • November 2007: Invited to be a Member of the International Scientific Committee of the 3rd International Symposium on Environmental Vibrations: Prediction, Monitoring, Mitigation and Evaluation (ISEV 2007), Taipei.
  • October 2007: Invited Speech: “A Multi-scale Finite Element Model of Tsing Ma Bridge for Hot Spot Stress Analysis”, Health Monitoring of Structure Material and Environment, Nanjing, PR China.
  • since 2006: Who’s Who in Asia.
  • since 2003: Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
  • July 2005: Invited Speech: “Structural Health Monitoring for Long Span Bridges: Hong Kong Experience”, hosted by the Institution of Engineers Australia, Australia.
  • July 2005: Invited Speech: “Cable Supported Bridges and their Structural Health Monitoring”, hosted by University of Queensland, Australia.
  • August 2003: Invited Speech: “Structural Health Monitoring: Hong Kong Experience”, hosted by Southeast University, P.R. China.

Career History

  • 2012 – Present: Professor, School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • 2008 – 2012: Associate Professor, School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • 2007 – 2008: Senior Lecturer, School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • 1999 – Jun 2007: Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • 1995 – 1999: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • 1992 – 1995: Lecturer (College of Degree Studies), Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic.
  • 1991 – 1992: Lecturer, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • 1991: Engineer, Maunsell Consultants Asia Limited (MCAL)
  • 1989 – 1991: Assistant Resident Engineer, HK Government Secondment (agreement with MCAL)
  • 1989: Engineer, Maunsell Consultants Asia Limited (MCAL).
This information has been contributed by Professor Tommy Chan.

Teaching

Teaching areas

  • Structural Engineering
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Construction.
This information has been contributed by Professor Tommy Chan.

Experience

External CollaborationsWithin the broad field of structual engineering research, Professor Chan and his research team have strong collaborations with

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • The Southeast University, PR China.

Professional and Community Service Editorial Board

  • Since 2009: Founding Chair and President of Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM)
  • 2012: Guest Editor of a special issue of the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
  • 2012: Guest Editor of a special issue of the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering
  • 2011:  Guest Editor of a special issue of Advances in Structural Engineering
  • since 2009: the International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Advanced Steel Construction (SCI Indexed Journal) 
  • 2005-2008: Editor of HKIE Transactions – an EI Indexed Journal
  • since 1997: Member of the Local Editorial Team of Advances in Structural Engineering – a SCI Indexed Journal
  • since 2007: Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Civil Engineering Journal.

Reviewer

  • Journal of Structural Engineering of American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Journal of Engineering Mechanics of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Journal of Vibration and Acoustics of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Journal of Sound and Vibrations
  • Journal of Engineering Structures
  • Advances in Structural Engineering, an International Journal
  • Smart Structures and Systems: An International Journal
  • Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal
  • International Journal of Advanced Steel Construction
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
  • Mathematical Problems in Engineering
  • NRF Proposals in QATAR
  • ARC Proposals in Australia
  • PATH (Partners for Advanced Transits and Highways, USA) Project Proposals.

Member

  • Since 2009: Founding Chair and President of Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM)
  • December 2009: International Scientific Committee of the Sixth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS ‘09) 16-18 December 2009, Hong Kong
  • May 2008: International Scientific Committee of the 5th International Conference on Weigh-In-Motion (ICWIM5), Paris, France
  • November 2007: International Scientific Committee of the 3rd International Symposium on Environmental Vibrations: Prediction, Monitoring, Mitigation and Evaluation (ISEV 2007), Taipei
  • December 2002: Local organising committee of the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Hong Kong
  • December 2000: Local organising committee of the International Conference on Advances in Structural Dynamics, Hong Kong
  • December 1999: Local organising committee of the 2nd International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Hong Kong
  • December 1996: Local organising committee of the International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, Hong Kong
  • December 1995: Local organising committee of the International Conference on Structural Dynamic, Vibration, Noise and Control, Hong Kong.

PhD Examinations Invited to serve as a PhD examiner for universities in Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Interviewed by the media to express professional views on various issues by e.g.

  • Oct 2011: Pine Rivers Press on some issues about a footbridge
  • Aug 2010: Canberra Times on the issue of a bridge collapse during its construction
  • Jun 2007: TVB, Ming Pao Daily on the issue of the collapse of Jiujiang Bridge
  • Dec 2005: ATV (as a special guest) in a TV programme featuring the history of HK bridges
  • Sep 2002: Apple Daily on the issue of the planning, development, design and construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
  • Aug 2002: the Sun on the issue of the planning, development, design and construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
  • Jul 2001: Express Weekly in a special edition on the issue of the planning, development, design and construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
  • Nov 1998: Ming Pao Daily on the issue of the collapse of a road bridge
  • May 1998: RTHK (as a special guest) in a TV programme featuring the analysis, design and construction of suspension bridges
  • Sep 1997: Apple Daily on the issue of a school accident caused by concrete spalling
  • Aug 1997: ATV on the issue of the dynamic behaviour of the Tsing Ma Bridge (after its first closure because of the Typhoon Victor)
  • Jan 1997: RTHK and Hong Kong Standard on the issue of the abnormal bouncing of the Tsing Yi South Bridge
  • Jul 1996: Oriental Daily in a special column about the highway bridge loadings of Hong Kong
  • Jun 1996: TVB, Cable T.V., Commercial Radio, Eastern Express, Apple Daily and Oriental Daily on the issue of the collapse of a footbridge caused by a heavy vehicle
  • Jan 1996: Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcast, Apple Daily and Oriental Daily on the issue of the collapse of a footbridge during construction
  • 1995: ATV on the issue of the tilting of a building in China
  • Oct 1995: RTHK on the issue of foundation caverns problems
  • Jul 1995: TVB on the issue of a faulty expansion joint of the Tsing Yi South Bridge
  • Oct 1994: the Hong Kong Cable T.V. on the issue of the collapse of a bridge in South Korea.

2006: Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Mr Yu Tao, PhD candidate 2004: Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Mr Shum Kei Man, PhD candidate 2003: Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Ms Wang Lingyun, PhD candidate 2003: Examiner of Mr Zhou Tai-quan, PhD candidate of Southeast University, PR China Assessor of the Professional Assessment – Corporate Membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

This information has been contributed by Professor Tommy Chan.

Publications


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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Development of Intelligent Structures That Can Self-Evaluate Deterioration
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP160101764
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Development of next generation prestressed concrete bridges using moving force identification
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130104133
Start year
2013
Keywords
Prestressed Concrete Bridges; Moving Force Identification; Structural Health Monitoring
Title
Monitoring and Maintaining the Structural Health of Bridges Using Vibration Characteristics
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882162
Start year
2008
Keywords
Vibration; Sensors; Computer Simulation; Bridges; Damage; Structural Health;

Supervision