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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology



I am a Structural and Civil Engineering PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge. Following my undergraduate here at Cambridge, I spent a period at Laing O’Rourke working on a DfMA Nuclear Structures research project, inspiring my current PhD. Outside of my research, I like to play and follow sport: cricket, football, diving and visiting the famous stadiums (and structures!) around the UK and the world.

Offsite manufacturing and construction is increasingly delivering faster construction, higher quality and increased productivity. The next generation of the UK’s Nuclear Power Plants, especially Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), stand to reap the benefits. For a Nuclear Power Plant built in a factory and then assembled on-site, the connections between the separate sections are an essential part of the overall structural performance.

The overall objective of this project is to develop, experimentally investigate and understand novel reinforced concrete cast-in-place connection designs subjected to the loads experienced during earthquakes. Both the seismic performance and overall construction performance are assessed for a broad range of designs, with these results set to inform a more detailed experimental study of a specific optimised design.

PhD student (2017-2021)
EPSRC CDT in Future Infrastructure & Built Environment
Harry Edwards