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Dr Adam Crewe

Dr Adam Crewe

Dr Adam Crewe
B.Eng., Ph.D.(Bristol), C.Eng., MIStructE, MICE

Reader in Earthquake Engineering

Area of research

Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics

Office 2.42
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5741


Dr. Adam Crewe is a Reader in Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering.

His research interests are to develop a better understanding of how various types of structure respond to earthquake and other types of dynamic loading, in many cases using large scale laboratory tests to validate his theories.

Particular research areas of interest are:
Civil Engineering Dynamics Structures, Bridges, Human Structure Interaction, Soil Structure Interaction
Dynamics of Bridges Multiple Support Excitation of Bridges (varying support input motions), Dynamic Behaviour of Asymmetric Bridges, Cable Dynamics, Cable-Deck Interaction
Full-Scale Testing Laboratory Testing using Shaking Tables and Reaction Walls, Telepresence, Teleparticipation, Teleoperation
Shaking Table Modelling Shaking Table Dynamics, Shaking Table Control, Shaking Table-Structure Interaction
Advanced Test Systems Real Time Dynamic Substructuring, Real-time Control
Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction Reservoir Intake Towers, Masonry Walls, Concrete and Steel Frame Buildings
Public Understanding of Engineering Schools Activities, Media, General Public


  • 1984-1987 BEng in Civil Engineering, University of Bristol. Graduated with first class honours.
  • 1987-1992 Structural Engineer with Ove Arup and Partners.
  • 1992-1994 Research Associate, University of Bristol.
  • 1994 CEng MICE. Chartered membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
  • 1995 MIStructE. Chartered member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
  • 1998 PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Bristol. Thesis title The characterisation and optimisation of earthquake shaking table performance.
  • 1994- Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Bristol. Senior Lecturer since 2005. Reader since 2014.

After graduation I worked in industry for several years as a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer. Projects I worked on include 'The Brooks' shopping center in Winchester, 'The Galleries' shopping centre in Bristol, Lloyds Bank Headquarters at Cannons Marsh Bristol and the River Aire cable stay footbridge in Leeds. In 1994 I joined the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre at Bristol University. Since then I have worked to develop a better understanding of how various types of structure respond to earthquake and other types of dynamic loading, in many cases using large scale laboratory tests to validate my theories. I also continue to be actively involved with several professional engineering organisations including:

  • Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED). (Member since 1995 and on committee from 1996 to 2002)
  • Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT). (Member since 1995 and on committee from 1996 to 2002, vice chairman 2001 to 2002)
  • IStructE Western Counties Branch committee. (Committee member since 2004 and branch chairman in 2010)
  • IStructE Academic Qualifications Panel. (Committee member 2005 to 2010)
  • IStructE Council. (Council member 2010 to date)


The main focus of my undergraduate teaching activities is in structures and design across all 4 years of the Civil engineering courses at Bristol. This gives me the opportunity to use my design experience from when I was in industry in the classroom.

Since 1994 I have been also been involved with many different methods of promoting earthquake engineering activities to the general public.  These have included public talks, exhibitions and demonstrations, talks in schools, and more recently the development of the IDEERS (Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools) competition.  The IDEERS project involved the creation of a website all about earthquake engineering,  in conjunction with a national competition to design an earthquake resistant building for testing on the shaking table at Bristol.  The IDEERS project has involved many schools and many of the schools who have participated have now incorporated the material into their courses.


  • Engineering
  • Dynamics
  • Structures
  • Bridges
  • Shaking Table
  • Testing

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