Dr Liam Butler

Liam Butler


Assistant Professor, York University, Toronto

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Dr. Liam Butler is a research associate at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), working with Prof. Campbell Middleton and Dr. Mohammed Elshafie.

His current research project is focused on the dynamic strain sensing of railway and bridge infrastructure using highly distributed fibre optic sensor networks. Prior to joining the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge, he worked as a structural engineer and sustainable concrete materials specialist for Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers in Toronto, Canada. In 2012, he was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo for his work on assessing the performance of structural recycled concrete for use in civil infrastructure. He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute's Technical Committee 555 on Concrete with Recycled Materials where he serves as a subcommittee chair tasked with updating a state-of-the-art report on the Recycling and Reuse of Hardened Concrete. Dr. Butler is also a collaborating researcher at the Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology.

Research interests

  • Structural health monitoring of bridges and rail infrastructure
  • Development of smart, self-sensing and sustainable civil engineering materials
  • Building new infrastructure research streams which leverage Data-Centric Engineering (DCE) approaches
  • Investigating the use of advanced sensing systems as tools for better understanding structures and new materials
  • Applications of smart composites for repair and strengthening of concrete structures
  • Time-dependent effects of prestressed concrete structures