Professor of Construction Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge
Professor Campbell Middleton joined the staff at Cambridge in 1989 having previously worked for nearly 10 years in bridge and highway construction and design in Australia and with Ove Arup & Partners in London. He is Chairman of the UK Bridge Owners Forum (www.bridgeforum.org), 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 Diploma of the Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers (1999) and the Telford Premium Award (1999) and Telford Gold Medal (2010) 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. He is the Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Future Infrastructure Forum Network Grant for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, awarded in May 2011, and a Visiting Researcher on a Canadian NSERC Strategic Grant entitled "Protecting Canada's Concrete Bridges" which was awarded in October 2010.
His current research includes ongoing bridge model testing programs, aimed at validating his group's theoretical methods. These tests have included a series of half-scale beam-and-slab bridge tests and 20 scale models of concrete bridges. This research has already resulted in the development of a generalised collapse analysis method; this model has been incorporated into a computer program and commercialised through the University’s technology transfer company, Cambridge Enterprise, to the wider engineering profession.