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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology



Professor Campbell Middleton is the Professor of Construction Engineering and Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at the University of Cambridge.

He joined the University of Cambridge in 1989 after almost 10 years working as a construction and design engineer in charge of highway and bridge projects for the Tasmanian Department of Main Roads and Ove Arup & Partners in London.

He is Chairman of the UK Bridge Owners Forum (, established in 2000 by representatives of the major bridge owning organisations in the UK to identify research needs and priorities for the bridge infrastructure.

He has been awarded the Henry Adams Award by the Institution of Structural Engineers (2015) and the Telford Gold Medal (2010) and Telford Premium Award (1999) from the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was elected Fellow of the Transport Research Foundation in 2005, has been involved in the development of bridge codes of practice and acts as a specialist bridge consultant to clients in the UK and abroad.

The main areas of interest for his research group in Cambridge are computational collapse analysis, risk and reliability analysis, computer vision for structural evaluation, non-destructive testing & inspection, wireless sensor networks for structural health monitoring and sustainability evaluation of constructed facilities.

He is one of a group of Cambridge academics awarded a £16.5M grant from the EPSRC/TSB in September 2010 to establish an Innovation & Knowledge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in Cambridge, which received further funding for a second phase in 2016. He was co-investigator on the Digital Bridges project funded by Innovate UK from 2015 - 2017, the Principal Investigator for the £0.2M EPSRC Future Infrastructure Forum Network Grant for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, awarded in May 2011, and a Visiting Researcher on a CAN$500k NSERC Strategic Grant entitled “Protecting Canada’s Concrete Bridges” which was awarded in October 2010.

Laing O'Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering
Director, Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering & Technology
Fellow, King's College, Cambridge
Chairman, UK Bridge Owners' Forum
Fellow, Transport Research Foundation

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