About the speaker:
Professor Tim Ibell received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. After 5 years in industry and as a post-doctoral fellow, Prof Ibell joined the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, UK, where he was subsequently promoted through to Professor, Head of Department and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Design.
Professor Ibell was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His research includes the use of fabric to form extraordinary concrete structures and the monitoring of loadings, structural behaviour and user experience in buildings to drive better design. Following a year as the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge he is now back at the University of Bath.
Synopsis of the presentation:
Our built environment offers all sorts of challenges and opportunities for researchers. At the most basic level, our built infrastructure is made from ‘stuff’ – materials. So, whatever the challenges are which we face, fundamentally we always need to fully understand the materials we choose to use. This presentation provides an overview of a whole range of materials we might consider in the design and construction of our built environment, and it offers a commentary on the things which really matter when considering each one.