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Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering

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Engineering the built environment of the 21st century through innovative, interdisciplinary and practical research, based on world leading expertise

LSBU's Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering Research (CCiBSE) is a truly integrated research centre within the School of Built Environment and Architecture. The centre draws on over 70 years of academic and applied research experience in Energy, Civil and Building Services Engineering and LSBU’s solid and long-standing professional reputation in the construction and property industry.

This unique nexus of expertise positions CCiBSE to provide sustainable solutions for the interdisciplinary challenges facing the built environment and to deliver positive impact on strategy, policy and practice within the Built Environment.

The centre is committed to developing research that could minimise the environmental impact and carbon emissions associated with the built environment, as well as developing the industry’s skills and providing pathways between fundamental research, applied research, knowledge transfer and enterprise.

CCiBSE has world leading expertise in Civil and Building services engineering. These disciplines have been brought together collaboratively and constructively with the aim of delivering for society on climate change and sustainability.

The research ethos of the centre are to:

  • Bring cross sectorial research themes together to innovate distinctive and beneficial collaboration with industrial & other partners
  • Develop research and engineering solutions that benefits Society and the Built Environment
  • Disseminate and impact policy and practice

Investigated topics

  • Integrated Design in the Built Environment
  • Building Physics, Comfort & Building Performance
  • Advanced Building and Acoustics Materials
  • Acoustics, Vibration  and Noise Control
  • Energy/Heat Recovery, Heat Networks and Thermal Storage
  • Energy Management, Power Systems and Quality.
  • Energy Conversion Technologies- Heat Pumps and/or other novel Low-carbon technologies
  • Data Management
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics  and Geomechanics
  • Coastal and Ocean Engineering
  • Fire Engineering
  • Highways and Transportation Infrastructure Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics and  Analysis
  • Waste Management and Circular Economy
  • Water and Environmental Engineering
  • Policy Implementation

Current projects

We have had significant success in securing funding for a number of energy and applied research projects, and host a number of match-funded research projects and Green Tech A2I projects funded by the European Union.

Balanced Energy Network (BEN)

The Balanced Energy Network (BEN) is a £4 million project part-funded by Innovate UK. The BEN consortium brings together cross-sector supply chains to deliver integrated energy solutions at different scales to meet the energy systems challenges of achieving a low-carbon economy: secure, affordable, sustainable energy.

This project is the first investigative pilot study in the world that is delivering both physical and digital network knowledge to integrate systems that will enable the balancing of heating, cooling, electricity and carbon to minimise costs – and help combat global warming.

Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T)

The Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T) project is an academic and industry collaborative research project funded by innovate UK to develop a dual source heat pump (DSHP), capable of linking with both air and water heat sinks.

Project partner ICAX Ltd. has created a prototype proving the flexibility and efficiency benefits of a DSHP. This research project will take this starting point and develop a heat pump for mass application in both new build and retrofit markets. This solution will offer a more efficient pathway to the electrification of domestic heat. The development work will take place at the laboratories of London South Bank University.

An exciting strand of this project is the development of the potential for water utilities to play a role in accelerating the uptake of electrified heat. HE4T will be looking at how water systems can be connected to the DSHPs to boost efficiency – turning the water utilities into energy carriers. This work is supported by Thames Water and Anglian Water, as part of their ongoing energy innovation work.

Other projects

  • Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Institutional link with Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia on Developing Indonesian Coastal Areas as Sustainable Tourism.
  • Short Course IOA certificate on competence,
  • Biomedical acoustics, Communication and Rooms (Special Interest Group of the UKAcoustic Network), (UKAN)), EPSRC funded by, since March 2018.
  • Royal Opera House match-funded Scholarship.
  • Royal Academy of Music to design solutions to improve the environment for musicians Match-funded PhD.
  • Patent for Fire, Carlos Gonzalo et al
  • Endothermic Heat project
  • Herny wood Hall
  • OSB chipboard
  • Top-hat
  • J&P
  • BWP
  • VITromite

Key facilities

Acoustic facilities

Our centre house the best academic acoustic facilities in the South-East of England, including a full-size reverberant and anechoic chambers, as well as an exceptionally well equipped laboratory, featuring the very latest instrumentation and technology. Our anechoic chamber was featured by UNILAD.

Both chambers can be used for simulating idealised acoustic conditions for researching a number of noise phenomena: sound power determination, binaural recordings, measuring source directivity, the testing of hearing protectors and the demonstration of fundamental acoustic principles.

CEREB

CEREB is unique resource supporting policy engagement, teaching, research and demonstration of low carbon energy technologies in the built environment.

Environmental chamber

The environmental chamber is a flexible Climate Simulator used for controlled testing and developing new techniques and systems. It allows us to construct full-scale and scaled environments to better understand climatic influence and be capable of controlling strict environmental conditions.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Hub

BIM is an approach to managing and planning every aspect of design and operation in the construction process in a better, more efficient way to improve the basis upon which the construction industry and its clients operate. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector.

Strengths of Materials laboratory

The Strengths of Materials laboratory at London South Bank University offers state-of-the-art testing facilities, capable of performing product qualification testing and aiding knowledge development for structural assemblies and structural and mechanical components.

The apparatus available allow for testing of a wide range of components, including slabs, beams, floor joists, roof trusses, wall panels, floor system components, connection details, compression members and struts, both at room temperature and at temperatures up to 1200°C.

Our mechanical loading rigs can test up to 100 kN, 250 kN and 500 kN, respectively, and are adaptable to accommodate a wide range of structural systems in tension, compression, bending and shear. We have previously conducted product qualification and knowledge development testing for modular construction contractors, chipboard manufacturers and CLT manufacturers.

Other facilities

  • Strength and Structure Lab Finian
  • Lighting Lab
  • Building Services Lab
  • DAR Lab

The centre also has access to other general engineering facilities within the university including the Engineering and Welding Workshops, Machine Shop, modelling workshop plus many other Design & Soft facilities.

Our centre members have an established track record of impactful applied research, working with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant environmental, social and economic benefits to the field. We also have a number of early carrier researchers who have the passion and enthusiasm to link with industry and deliver impactful research.

Research staff/students

  • Dr Shazia Farman Ali
  • Fadhel Alasadi
  • Faisal Abdulle
  • Syed Faisal Ali
  • Mugdad Alkhateeb
  • Wang Di
  • Imad Ezzat Dagher
  • Joseph Ndjana Levodo
  • Pegah Mirznania
  • Muhammad Safdar
  • Haddowe Shatha
  • Douglas Shearer
  • Federico Rossi
  • Oluwagben Tade
  • Robert Kovacs
  • Rodrigo Sanchez-Pizani
  • Fouad Ghoussayni
  • Eric Ballestero
  • Shirin Ghanei
  • Majed Al Shimari

We have a number of strong research collaborations and partnerships as well as established links with governmental and professional bodies.

CCiBSE partners

The centre through its members has strong links with the various subjects area professional bodies including:
  • The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering
  • Energy Institute
  • The Institute of Refrigeration
  • The Institute of Acoustics
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers

The centre also has reach portfolio of working with industrial partners in research and consultancy. These include:

  • ICAX
  • Minus7 Ltd
  • TopHat Labs Limited
  • Wandsworth Borough Council Heliport Noise Monitoring
  • Royal Opera House match-funded Scholarship
  • Foster & Partners- Listening to London
  • Henry Wood Hall - Knowledge Exchange Voucher
  • Royal Academy of Music Match-funded PhD
  • BSRIA

Past collaborations have also included multidisciplinary research networks and knowledge transfer partnerships. In line with LSBU’s fundamental believes, the centre welcome new academic/industrial collaborations.

Academic collaborators

  • Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
  • Applied Science University- Bahrain
  • British University in Egypt
  • University of Dar-es-Salaam
  • Dr Ham of the Korea National Rural Research Institute. Dr Timothy Hong is working with Dr Ham on an international collaboration project on water quality modelling and management affected by the rainfall-runoff process in the rural catchment
  • University College London
  • Imperial College
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) - University of Lisbon
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Sheffield
  • Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering Department, Brunel University London, UK
  • Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • ERAMUS Scholarship related to air quality modelling in May, 2018.

Other partnerships

We are involved in a range of outreach activities with the aim of promoting, enhancing and enriching research and students’ experience. These include:

  • The Teambuild construction challenge which has been supported by CCiBSE members since 2014. This is a training competition for young people in the construction industry, and a chance for young engineers, architects, construction/design managers, consultants, and contractors to prove and improve their skills.
  • UK Passivhaus Events
  • The Balanced Energy Network (BEN) innovative industry and academia collaborative research project shortlisted for the Engineer: Collaborate to Innovate Awards, 2018.
  • Collaboration with the Royal Opera House and the Royal Academy of Music, complimented through a matched funded PhD to design solutions to improve the environment for musicians
  • Established strong academic collaborations with the British University, Egypt and Applied Science University, Bahrain. We also hold strong research links with the Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia through two RAE projects looking at plastics waste and developing Indonesian Coastal Areas for Sustainable Tourism.

Collaborative team building events

  • Teambuild construction challenge supported since 2014. Young engineers, architects, construction/design managers, consultants, and contractors collaborate to improve their skills
  • The CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018
  • 35th anniversary CIBSE Patrons 2018
  • EPSRC UK Acoustics Network

Key publications

  • Gillich,  A., Icon, O., Sunikka-Blank M., and  Ford, A., (2017),  Designing an ‘optimal’ domestic retrofit programme, Journal of Building Research & Information, Volume 46, 2018 - Issue 7, Pages 767-778.
  • Averill, A., Ingram, J., Gomez-Augustina, L., Holborn, P., Battersby, P., and Benson, C. (2018). Potential hazard consequences to personnel exposed to the ignition of small volumes of weakly confined stoichiometric hydrogen/air mixture. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
  • Chaer,  I., Pope,  I., Yebyio,  M., Paurine,  A., (2018), Smart cities – Thermal networks for London, Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Progress 1-9 (9 pages) 26 Jul 2018.
  • Dance, S., Morales, L.,  Backus, B., (2018), A methodology to objectively assess the performance of sound field amplification systems demonstrated using fifty physical simulations of classroom conditions, Noise and Health, 20 (94), 77-82,.
  • Ye, Z., Lawner, H., Chaer, I., Ross, M., (2018), Feasibility Study of Pumping Cycle Kite Power System Implication in Scotland UK. 2018 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Conservation, 15 – 17 June 2018, Sydney, Australia
  • Aygün,  H. and Barlow, C., (2015) “Ultrasonic wave propagation in porous rigid ceramics at oblique incidence”, Applied Acoustics. Vol.88, 6-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2014.07.011
  • Limbachiya, V. , Ganjian, E. and Claisse, P. (2016),  Strength, durability and leaching properties of concrete paving blocks incorporating GGBS and SF, construction and Building Materials, volume 113: 273-279
  • Mavroulidou, M. (2018). Use of paper sludge ash as a calcium-based stabiliser for clay soils. Waste Management and Research doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X18804043,
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X18801196.
  • McCann, F., Fang, C., Gardner, L. and Silvestre, N., (2016) Local buckling and ultimate strength of slender elliptical hollow sections in compression. Journal of Engineering Structures, 111, 104–118.
  • Levatti H. U., Prat, P.C.,  and  Ledesma. A., (2018) Numerical and experimental study of initiation and propagation of desiccation cracks in clayey soils. Computers & Geotechnics (doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.09.015). https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XtsP,63b~kRN4
  • McGovern  DJ, Robinson T, Chandler ID, Allsop W, Rossetto T, (2018), Pneumatic long-wave generation of tsunami-length waveforms and their runup, Coastal Engineering 138, 80-9
  • Saber, EM and Iyengar, R and Mast, M and Meggers, F and Tham, KW and Leibundgut, H (2014) Thermal comfort and IAQ analysis of a decentralized DOAS system coupled with radiant cooling for the tropics. Building and Environment, 82. pp. 361-370. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.09.001.
  • Shamass, R., and Cashell, K.A. (2018). Analysis of Stainless Steel-Concrete Composite Beams. Journal of Constructional Steel Research doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2018.05.032

Dr Issa Chaer

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader/Course Director
Telephone: 020 7815 7149

He has over 15 years of work experience in the Higher Education sector and is currently working at London South Bank University as a Reader and Course Director for 3 Building Services Engineering Courses.


Prof. Andy Ford

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Acting Director of Research and Enterprise; Professor of Building Systems Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7160

Andy is passionate about low energy design and innovation. Having run his own successful Consulting Engineering practice for many years he is now focused on the next generation.


Dr Aaron Gillich

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Course Director for MSc Building Services Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7194

Aaron teaches in the field of energy and building services engineering. He is currently working on the Balanced Energy Networks (BEN) project focusing on the energy trilemma of delivering a low cost, low carbon, secure energy system.


Dr Alex Paurine

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Engineering Mathematics
Telephone: 020 7815 7604

Alex is a Senior Research Fellow & Sessional Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.


Dr David McGovern

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7658

Dr David J. McGovern is a Lecturer in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LSBU).


Dr Esmail Mahmoudi Saber

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7515

Dr Esmail Mahmoudi Saber is interested in practical contexts of fluid mechanics and heat transfer in engineering disciplines and he conducted extensive research on application of these concepts in building systems.


Dr Finian McCann

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr Finian McCann is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr Haydar Aygün

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7263

Dr Aygün is a Senior Lecturer in Acoustics in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering at London South Bank University.


Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti López

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics/Fluids
Telephone: 020 7815 8989

Dr Levatti is a specialist in hydromechanical coupled problems in soils as well as in stress analysis for non-conventional structures combining structural optimisation and Additive Manufacturing.


Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Course Director, Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Noise Control and Institute of Acoustics Certificate; Lecturer in Acoustics and Building Services
Telephone: 020 7815 7367

Luis is an acoustician and academic with research and development background. His areas of expertise are architectural acoustics, noise control, building and room acoustics, environmental noise, acoustic simulation, revision and creation of acoustic design guidelines. His current research interests are in office and performance spaces acoustics, sustainable acoustic design and improvement of quality of life through the acoustic environment.


Dr Metkel Yebiyo

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Building Services Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7526

Dr Metkel Yebiyo is a Lecturer in the Building Services Engineering Division in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr Rabee Shamass

School/Division: Engineering / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7118

Dr Rabee Shamass is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the Division of Civil Engineering and Building Services.


Dr Stephen Dance

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader; Course Director for MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics
Telephone: 020 7815 7672

Steve is a Reader in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture, with particular interests in music and acoustics, PA systems, urban wind turbines, vocal stress and speech intelligibility.


Dr Timothy Hong

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader
Telephone: 020 7815 7602

Timothy joined London South Bank University in September 2009 and has more than 25 years' experience as both an academic researcher and practical engineer.


Dr Vireen Limbachiya

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7681

Dr Vireen Limbachiya is a lecturer in Civil Engineering and works in the School of Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr Mahmood Datoo

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Head of Civil and Building Services Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7388

Dr Datoo is Head of Civil and Building Services Engineering. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching Structural Analysis, Stress Analysis and Finite Element Modelling. He has authored a book on “Mechanics of Fibrous Composites”.


Dr Amer Ali

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7348

Dr Ali specialises in Traffic and Highway Engineering.


Dr Ivana Kraincanic

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in CD-BSc Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7187

Ivana has extensive knowledge of flexible offshore pipelines, oil platforms, offshore wind turbines, concrete structures, steel fibre reinforced concrete, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.


Dr Zhihui Ye

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for MSc Building Services Engineering (Distance Learning)
Telephone: 020 7815 7131

Zhihui is a building service engineer. She has particular interests in energy and the indoor environment.


Dr Rusdy Hartungi

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7197

Rusdy's teaching focuses on electrical building services engineering and lighting. He is Course Director for the BSc (Hon) Building Services Engineering.


Simon Leung

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Structural Design
Telephone: 020 7815 7649

Simon Leung is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design within the School of Built Environment and Architecture. He brings in experience from the industry as a practising structural engineer and offers insights to next generation of engineers.


Carlos Gonzalo

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7623

Carlos Gonzalo is a lecturer in both Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of Built Environment and Architecture.


Prof. Bridget Shield

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Emeritus Professor of Acoustics; Visiting Professor

Bridget's research interests include the acoustic design of schools and its impact on pupils and teachers. She became the first female President of the Institute of Acoustics when she was appointed to this role in 2012.


 
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