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Amir Alani

Professor Professor Amir Alani

Professor of Engineering, Executive Dean of School
Job title:
Professor of Civil Engineering
Executive Dean of School
Higher qualifications:

BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FHEA, MCIHT

Professional organisations:
Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng)
Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (MCIHT)
Fellow member of the National Academy of Building and Construction of Ukraine
Member of the CIHT review panel for Chartered and Incorporated Engineers (Professional Route).
Member of the European Ground Penetration Radar Association (EuroGPR)
Biography:

 

Professor Alani is a civil engineer with nearly 25 years' experience working in the higher education sector in the UK.

He is an expert in the assessment, repair and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, highways and buildings.

He has an established track record of research and development work in other branches of civil engineering including Concrete Technology, Soil Engineering and Geotechnics.

He joined the University of West London in 2014 as the Head of the School of Computing and Engineering. He has published over 160 journal, international conference and consulting external reports in areas associated with Civil, Construction and Mechanical Engineering as well as Engineering Education. He has delivered and led many seminars and workshops nationally and internationally and has also addressed and chaired a number of international conference sessions in the last 20 years.

Professor Alani has extensive experience of working with different professional bodies in the field of Engineering and Design in the UK. He recently, as the Principal Investigator, completed an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded project – Assessing Current State of Buried Sewer Systems and Their Remaining Safe Life – with a total value of £274k.

Professor Alani has recently embarked upon a major research project entitled; 'Application of non-destructive testing methods in health monitoring and assessment of trees and soil tree roots interaction'. This project is supported by the Roma-Tre University as a partner as well as supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew), The Tree Council and the Whitelandswood. This project has been supported by an in excess of £500k internal and external funds.

Professor Alani also is the leader of the Non-destructive Testing Research Centre at the University of West London.   

He is also a management committee member for a COST Action project (European Cooperation in Science and Technology TU1208 Project) with the title of 'Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)'. This project has representatives from 30 COST countries with more than 200 members active in research and development work in the field of GPR.

Research and scholarly output:

 

Sample of recent publications:

Benedetto, F., Tosti, F. and A. M. Alani, (2017), An entropy-based analysis of GPR data for the assessment of railway ballast conditions. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Volume pp, Issue 99. (In press). (Journal Impact Factor: 4.942).

A. M. Alani and F. Tosti, (2017), GPR applications in structural detailing of a major tunnel using different frequency antenna systems, Construction and Building Materials, special issue on 'Ground-Penetrating Radar and Complementary Non-Destructive Testing Techniques in Civil Engineering'. (Paper accepted in July 2017). (Journal Impact Factor: 3.169)

F. Tosti, L. Bianchini Ciampoli, F. D’amico, A. M. Alani and A. Benedetto, (2017), An experimental based model for the assessment of the mechanical properties of road pavements using GPR, Construction and Building Materials, special issue on 'Ground-Penetrating Radar and Complementary Non-Destructive Testing Techniques in Civil Engineering'. (Paper accepted in Jul7 2017). (Journal Impact Factor: 3.169)

A. Benedetto, F. Tosti, L. Bianchini Ciampoli, A. Calvi, M. G. Brancadoro and A. M. Alani. (2017), Railway ballast condition assessment using ground-penetrating radar - An experimental, numerical simulation and modelling development. Construction and Building Materials, Volume140, June 2017, pp.508-520. (Journal Impact Factor: 3.169).

Mahmoodian M. and Alani, A.M., (2017), Effect of temperature and acidity of sulphuric acid on concrete properties, ASCE's Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 29(10), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002002. (Journal Impact Factor: 1.43).

F. Tosti, A. M. Alani, A. Benedetto, L. Bianchini Ciampoli, M. G. Brancadoro and L. Pajewski, (2017) A comparative investigation of the pavement layer dielectrics by FDTD modelling and reflection amplitude GPR data. In: Tenth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields (BCRRA 2017), Athens, Greece, June 28-30, 2017.

A. M. Alani, F. Tosti, L. Bianchini Ciampoli and F. Benedetto, (2017), Assessment of the underground construction details of a road pavement using GPR antenna systems with different frequencies. In: 9th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR2017), Edinburgh, United Kingdom, June 28-30, 2017.

Bianchini Ciampoli, L., Tosti, F., Brancadoro, M.G., D’Amico, F., Alani, A.M. A spectral analysis of ground-penetrating radar data for the assessment of the railway ballast geometric properties (2017). NDT & E International, Volume 90, September 2017, pp. 39-47. ISSN 0963-8695. (Journal Impact Factor: 2.726).

L. Bianchini Ciampoli, F. Tosti, A. Calvi, A. Benedetto and A. M. Alani, (2017), Efficient practices in railway ballast maintenance and quality assessment using GPR. In: AIIT International Congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems (TIS Roma 2017), Rome, Italy, April 10-12, 2017.

M. Mahmoodian, A. M. Alani and Vahid Aryai, Durability of concrete sewers: Monitoring, assessment and environmental factors, CESARE’17 International Conference – Coordinating Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience, Dead Sea, Amman, Jordan, 3-8 May 2017, IRBID-Jordan.

L. Bianchini Ciampoli, A. Benedetto, L. Pajewski, A. M. Alani and F. Tosti, F. (2016) A comparison between different central frequencies of investigation in buried utility detection through GPR: a study case. In: 16th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Hong Kong, June 13–16, 2016.

O. Harireche, A. Faramarzi, and A. M. Alani, (2015), Prediction of inter particle capillary forces for non-perfectly wettable granular assemblies, Journal of Granular Matter, October 2015, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 537-543, available on line August 2015, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10035-015-0581-1. (Journal Impact Factor 1.762).

A. M. Alani and Asaad Faramarzi, (2015), Predicting the Probability of Failure of Cementitious Sewer Pipes using Stochastic Finite Element Method, submitted to the International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 2015, 12, 6641-6656; doi:10.3390/ijerph120606641. (Journal Impact Factor 2.101)

M. Mehravar, O. Harireche and A. M. Alani, (2015), Modelling the Variation of suction pressure during caisson installation in sand using FLAC3D, Journal of Ships and Offshore Structures, Special Issue 'Recent Developments in Offshore Foundations', accepted in June 2015 and will be available on line late June.

A. Romanova and A. M. Alani, (2015), Monitoring CO2and H2S Emission in Live Austrian and UK Concrete Sewer Pipes, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Civil, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, Volume 9, Number 4, pp. 394-398, waset.org/Publication/10001098.

J. Stryk, A. M. Alani, R. Matula and K. Pospisil, (2015), Book Chapter – Innovative Inspection Procedures for Effective GPR Surveying of Critical Transportation Infrastructure (Pavements, Bridges and Tunnels), Series:  Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering – Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar – ISSN:2363 7633, available on line: DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04813-0_3.

N. Economou, A. Vafidis, F. Benedetto and A. M. Alani, (2015), Book Chapter – Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar, Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering – Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar – ISSN:2363 7633, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04813-011.

U. Alibrandi, A. M. Alani, and G. Ricciardi, (2015), A new sampling strategy for SVM-based Response Surface for Structural Reliability Analysis, Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics. Paper accepted in February 2015, available on line at: DOI:10.1016/j.probengmech.2015.04.001.

U. Alibrandi, A. M. Alani and C. G. Koh, (2015), Implications of High-Dimensional Geometry for Structural Reliability Analysis and a Novel Linear Response Surface Method Based on SVM, International Journal of Computational Methods, Vol. 12, No. 4 (2015),  1540016 (19 pages), World Scientific Publishing Company, DOI: 10.1142/S0219876215400162

M. Mahmoodian and A. M. Alani, (2015), Time Dependent Reliability Analysis of Corrosion Affected Structures, Book Chapter, Numerical Methods for Multi-scale and Multi-physics in Reliability and Safety, Springer, pp. 459-498, ISBN: 978-3-319-07166-4 (Print) 978-3-319-07167-1 (Online).

M. Mahmoodian and A. M. Alani, (2015), Time Dependent Reliability Analysis of Corrosion Affected Structures, Book Chapter, Numerical Methods for Multi-scale and Multi-physics in Reliability and Safety, Springer, pp. 459-498, ISBN: 978-3-319-07166-4 (Print) 978-3-319-07167-1 (Online).

A. M. Alani and A. Faramarzi, (2014), An Evolutionary Approach to Modelling Concrete Degradation Due to Sulphuric Acid Attack, Journal of Applied Soft Computing, Volume 24, pp. 985-993, Elsevier.

O. Harirache, M. Mehravar and A. M. Alani, (2014), Soil Conditions and Bounds to Suction during the Installation of Caisson Foundations in Sand, Journal of Ocean Engineering, accepted in June 2014, ISSN: 0029-8018.

A. Romanova, M. Mahmoodian and M. A. Alani, (2014), Influence and Interaction of Temperature, H2S and pH on Concrete Sewer Pipe Corrosion, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Civil, Architectural, Structural, Urban Science and Engineering Vol:8 No:6, pp. 592-595.

K. F. Tee, L. R. Khan, H. P. Chen and A. M. Alani, (2014), Reliability Based Life Cycle Cost Optimisation for Underground Pipeline Network, Journal of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Volume 43, pp. 32-40, ISSN 0886-7798.

A. M. Alani and M. Mahmoodian, (2014), Sensitivity Analysis for Failure Assessment of Concrete Pipes Subjected to Sulphide Corrosion, Journal of Urban Waters, accepted in March 2014.

M. Mahmoodian and A. M. Alani, (2014), A gamma distributed degradation rate model for reliability analysis of concrete pipes subject to sulphide corrosion, International Journal of Reliability and Safety, Volume 8, No. 1, pp. 19-32, ISSN 1479-3903 (Online).