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David T. Lau

Professor in Structural Engineering

Degrees:B.Eng. (McMaster), M.Sc., Ph.D. (U. C. Berkeley), F.C.S.C.E., P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 7473
Office:3436 (Mackenzie)

Prof. Lau’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

On Sabbatical 2016-2017

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ECOR1101 Mechanics I
  • CIVE1005 Introduction to Technology
  • CIVE3204 Introduction to Structural Design
  • CIVE4200 Matrix Analysis of Framed Structures
  • CIVE4918 Design Projects
  • CIVE5104 Earthquake Engineering and Analysis
  • CIVE5106 Dynamics of Structures

Research Interests

Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering; monitoring and assessment of large structures including the Confederation Bridge; development of measurement and high speed computer data processing techniques for real-time monitoring; repair, retrofit and strengthening techniques and strategies for existing bridges, buildings, liquid storage tanks and other infrastructures, including the seismic application of advanced composite materials and other innovative devices; dynamic response and earthquake resistant design of bridges, buildings, liquid storage tanks and concrete arch dams; ritz vector approach or finite element method for nonlinear structural analysis

Honours and Awards

2003-2004 Research Achievement Award

Research Team

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M.A.Sc.(In Prog.) Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Bridge Structures Using Self-centering Dampers (co-supervised with Prof. Jeffrey Erochko)
Arthur Cox
M.Eng. (Project) (In Prog.)
Serge Desjardins
Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Ahmed Hassan
Ph.D. (In Prog) co-supervised with Prof. J. Erochko
Sean Miller
M.A.Sc. (In Prog.) Hybrid Simulation of an Innovative Structural Bracing System in Heavy Timber Structures for Seismic Applications (co-supervised with Prof. J. Erochko)
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Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Soheil Soroushnia
M.A.Sc. (In Prog.) co-supervised with Prof. H. Khoo
Amir Tehranian
Ph.D. (In Prog.) Vibration-Based Structural Condition Assessment by Pattern Recognition with Time Series Analysis Using Field Monitoring Data of Bridges (co-supervised with Dr. J. Humar)
Joshua Woods
Ph.D. (In Prog.) Seismic Retrofit of Non-Ductile Reinforced Concrete Squat Walls with Externally Bonded CFRP Sheets
Hussein Makke
M.Eng. (Proj.) (2016)
Silvena Stoeva Reshotkina
Ph.D. (2016) 3D Stiffness and Strength Degradation Models for Seismic Progressive Collapse Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures – Formulations and Implementations Framework
Ahmed Hassan
M.A.Sc. (2015)
Ibrahim Shaheen
M.A.Sc. (2014) Seismic Retrofit and Strengthening of Deficient Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls Using Externally Bonded Fibre Reinforced Polymer Sheets
Joshua Woods
M.A.Sc. (2014) Seismic Retrofit of Deficient Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls using Fibre-reinforced Polymer Sheets: Experimental Study and Anchor Design
Carlos Alonso Cruz Noguez
Post Doctoral Fellow (2010-2011) and Research Associate (2011-2013)
Kandasamy Vishnukanthan
M.A.Sc. (2013) Probabilistic Seismic Risk Assessment of Bridge Inventories with Local Site Conditions (co-supervised with Dr. S. Sivathayalan)
Muhammad Rahman
M.A.Sc. (2012) Comparison of system identification techniques with field vibration data for structural health monitoring of bridges
Charlotte Waller
M.A.Sc. (2011) Probabilistic Performance-based Seismic Risk Assessment of Canadian Bridges – Ottawa Pilot Study
Hemant Moudgill
M.Eng. (Project) (2010)
Ryan O’Connell
M.A.Sc. (2009)
Hartanto Wibowo
M.A.Sc. (2009) Progressive collapse analysis of reinforced concrete bridges during earthquakes
Ya-Ying (Kate) Chang
Ph.D. (2008) Multi-Site Network Hybrid Testing of a Multi-Span Bridge System
Martine Beaulieu
M.Eng. (Project) (2007)
Nicolas A. Londono
Ph.D. (2006) Use of Vibration Data for Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges
Jennifer Stephenson
M.A.Sc. (2006) Evaluation of Using Uniform Hazard Spectra for Seismic Design of Canadian Highway Bridges
Ryan Haoze Deng
M.A.Sc. (2006) A Simplified Method for Nonlinear Cyclic Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures: Direct and Energy Based Formulations
Shougui Huang
M.A.Sc. (2005) Modal Testing and Model Updating of a Steel Bridge Pier Frame
Vietanh Phung
Ph.D. (2005) Strong Ground Motions for Bridge Design and Non-Linear Dynamics Response Analysis of Bridges
Serge Desjardins
M.A.Sc. (2005) Real-time Computer Platform for Vibration-based Structural Health Monitoring of the Confederation Bridge
Stylianos Hiotakis
M.A.Sc. (2004) Repair and Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls for Earthquake Resistance Using Externally Bonded Carbon Fibre Sheets and a Novel Anchor System
Tuan Anh Luu
M.A.Sc. (2003) Response of the Confederation Bridge to Wind Load and Its Influence on Estimation of Ice Load
Sherif A. Mazek
Ph.D. (2003) Soil Structure Interaction Modeling and Analysis of Tunnel Structures
Janette McCann
M.Eng. (Project) (2003)
Abdul-Hassan Watfa
M.Eng. (Project) (2003) Seismic Response Analysis and Evaluation of County Rd3 Overpass
Shadi Ostovari Dailamani
M.A.Sc. (2002) Structural Performance Analysis Of A Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridge
Mo Zhang
M.A.Sc. (2002) System Identification Analysis of the Dynamic Monitoring Data of the Confederation Bridge
Anton D. Tzenkov
M.Eng. (2001) Seismic Analysis of Concrete Arch Dams with Contraction Joint and Nonlinear Materials Models
Julie Noel
M.Eng. (2001) Structural design of glulam members to meet strength, serviceability and fire resistance requirements (engineering project)
Sara Ahrari
M.Eng. (2000) Significance Of Using Uniform Hazard Spectra On Seismic Response Behavior Of Bridges
Shaohong Cheng
Ph.D. (2000) Structural and Aerodynamic Stability Analysis of Long-Span Cable-Stayed Bridges
Josh Christopher Lombard
M.Eng. (1999) Seismic Strengthening and Repair of Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls Using Externally Bonded Carbon Fibre Tow Sheets
Jinbiao Liu
M.Eng. (1997) Earthquake Analysis of Steel Moment Resisting Frame Structures
Qin Liu
M.Eng. (1997) A Study of Seismic Design Spectra For Highway Bridges
Feng Qu
M.Eng. (1997) Seismic Response of Unanchored Cylindrical Liquid-Tank Systems
Witold Ruchala
M.Eng. (1997) Earthquake Analysis of Bridge Systems by Ritz Vectors
Danilo Marquez
M.Eng. (1996) Earthquake Resistant Design of Liquid Storage Tanks
Bahman Noruziaan
Ph.D. (1995) Nonlinear Seismic Analysis of Concrete Arch Dams
Xianguang Zeng
Ph.D. (1993) Earthquake Response Analysis of Unanchored Cylindrical Liquid Storage Tanks