Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

 

Contact details

Room 6E 4.11a

Email: a.thomson@bath.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Thomson

MEng(Hons), PhD

Profile

Andy is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. His teaching interests include creativity in structural engineering, collaborative design and the use of appropriate materials with a specialism in timber. Prior to joining the department as a Teaching Fellow, Andy held the positions of Research Associate at the University of Bath, Research & Development Engineer at ModCell, and Design Engineer at Ramboll. Whilst working in practice he specialised in Timber Engineering and contributed to the design of some of the UK’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings; notably the City Academy in Norwich. Working as a Research Associate at the University of Bath, he was a key member of the team that delivered one of the world’s first certified straw bale panel products to the UK market. Andy has also worked as a rammed earth building contractor in New Mexico and has previously qualified as a certified Passive House Designer.

Andy studied for his degree in Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Bath before completing his PhD in the field of timber engineering under the supervision of Professor Richard Harris, Professor Pete Walker and Dr Martin Ansell. Whilst studying for his PhD, Andy won joint First Prize for his research at the IStructE Young Researchers Conference.

Research

Andy’s research experience and interests span a range of themes associated with the technical development and testing of low-carbon materials for low energy buildings and, crucially, how these materials are deployed in the mainstream construction industry. Following his PhD studies and his position as a Research Officer at University of Bath he spent time working in industry with designers and contractors focussed on the delivery of low-carbon, low-energy buildings. As such he has a holistic understanding of how research and development can support and inform positive impact in the construction industry. Recent projects that he has been/is involved in include:

  • EuroCell project: EU market development of ModCell - a prefabricated eco-building system utilising renewable materials, EASME.
  • ECO-SEE: Eco-innovative, Safe and Energy Efficient wall panels and materials for a healthier indoor environment, FP7.
  • ISOBIO: Development and demonstration of highly insulating construction materials from bio derived aggregates, H2020.

Publications

Book Sections

Walker, P., Thomson, A. and Maskell, D., 2017. To Your Health:health benefits of natural building materials. In: King, B., ed. New Carbon Architecture. New Society Publishers.

Walker, P., Thomson, A. and Maskell, D., 2017. Nonwood biobased materials:Straw. In: Jones, D. and Brischke, C., eds. Performance of Bio-based Building Materials (1st Ed.). Duxford, U. K.: Woodhead Publishing, pp. 112-119. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering)

Walker, P., Thomson, A. and Maskell, D., 2016. Straw bale construction. In: Harries, K. A. and Sharma, B., eds. Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials. Woodhead Publishing Ltd., p. 127. (Woodhead Publish Series in Civil and StructuralEngineering; 58)

Thomson, A. and Walker, P. J., 2013. Condition monitoring and durability assessment of straw bale construction. In: Braganca, L., Pinheiro, M. and Mateus, R., eds. Portugal SB13: Contribution of Sustainable Building to Meet EU 20-20-20 Targets. , pp. 791-798.

Articles

Maskell, D., Thomson, A. and Walker, P., 2017. Multi-criteria selection of building materials. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials

Thomson, A. and Walker, P. J., 2014. Durability characteristics of straw bales in building envelopes. Construction and Building Materials, 68, pp. 135-141.

Maskell, D., Walker, P. J., Thomson, A., Gross, C. D., Beadle (Wall), K. and Mander, T., 2014. Structural development and testing of a prototype house using timber and straw bales. ICE Proceedings Structures & Buildings, 168 (1), pp. 67-75.

Chang, W.-S., Thomson, A., Harris, R., Walker, P. and Shanks, J., 2011. Development of all-wood connections with plywood flitch plate and oak pegs. Advances in Structural Engineering, 14 (2), pp. 123-132.

Thomson, A., Harris, R., Ansell, M. and Walker, P., 2010. Experimental performance of non-metallic mechanically fastened timber connections. The Structural Engineer, 88 (17), pp. 25-32.

Reports/Papers

Walker, P. J., Harris, R. and Thomson, A., 2013. Contemporary non-metallic timber connections. TRADA. (TRADA Research Summary)

Conference or Workshop Items

Maskell, D., Ferreira Pinto Da Silva, C., Mower, K., Cheta, R., Dengel, A., Ball, R., Ansell, M., Thomson, A., Peter, U. and Walker, P., 2017. Bio-based plaster for improved indoor air quality. In: International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials 2017, 2017-06-21 - 2017-06-23, France.

Maskell, D., Church, M., Thomson, A., Walker, P. and Robinson, T., 2017. Development of a Bio-Based Plasterboard. In: International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials 2017, 2017-06-21 - 2017-06-23, France.

Maskell, D., Thomson, A., Walker, P. and Lemke, M., 2016. Direct measurement of effective moisture buffering penetration depths in clay plasters. In: LEHM 2016, 2016-11-12 - 2016-11-14. Dachverband Lehm e.V., Weimar.

Maskell, D., Thomson, A., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2015. The impact of bio-aggregate addition on the hygrothermal properties of lime plasters. In: 15th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2015), 2015-08-10 - 2015-08-13, Univeristy of Manitoba.

Thomson, A., Maskell, D., Walker, P., Lemke, M., Shea, A. and Lawrence, R., 2015. Improving hygrothermal properties of clay. In: 15th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2015), 2015-08-10 - 2015-08-13, Univeristy of Manitoba.

Brandon, D., Thomson, A., Ansell, M. P., Bregulla, J., Harris, R. and Walker, P. J., 2014. Stiffness modelling of non-metallic timber connections with pultruded dowels. In: InCIEC 2013 International Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Conference, 2013-09-22 - 2014-01-24.

Walker, P. J. and Thomson, A., 2013. Development of prefabricated construction products to increase use of natural materials. In: Central Europe towards Sustainable Building 2013 (CESB 13), 2013-06-26 - 2013-06-28.

Thomson, A., Harris, R., Ansell, M. and Walker, P., 2010. Development of non-metallic timber connections for contemporary applications. In: World Conference on Timber Engineering 2010, 2010-06-20 - 2010-06-24.

Thomson, A., Harris, R., Walker, P., Ansell, M. and Chang, W. S., 2009. Contemporary metal free dowel connections for timber structures. In: 11th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2009), 2009-09-06 - 2009-09-09.

Chang, W. S., Thomson, A., Walker, P. and Harris, R., 2009. Optimization of the all-wood pegged beam-to-beam timber connections. In: 11th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2009), 2009-09-06 - 2009-09-09.

Thomson, A., Pope, D. and Walker, P., 2008. Erosion characteristics of rammed earth. In: Kerpic'08: international conference: Learning from earthen architecture in climate change, 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-05.

Hirst, E., Brett, A., Thomson, A., Walker, P. and Harris, R., 2008. The structural performance of traditional oak tension and scarf joints. In: 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering, 2008-06-02 - 2008-06-05.

Thesis

Thomson, A., 2010. The Structural Performance of Non-metallic Timber Connections. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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