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Dr Tom Dolan

Dr Tom Dolan

Senior Research Associate

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
19th Nov 2013

Research summary

My research focuses on complex infrastructure systems as enablers of societally beneficial outcomes. In particular on the:

System characteristics (interdependencies, emergent properties and dynamic context) necessary for normal operations to enable the systemic realisation of systemic outcomes. 

expectated qualities of desired Outcome (safe; reliable; resilient to the disruptive impacts of climate change and other strategic challenges; enhance the quality of the local environment; and helps catalyse an urgent transformation to a net zero GHG emission economy.

My research is systemic in scope, and includes challenges of how we systemically govern, regulate, manage (including plan, design, procure, construct, operate, maintain, enhance, repurpose, measure, account for, value and incentivise investment in) complex infrastructure systems for the safe emergence of these system characteristics.

I collaborate with colleagues from across UKCRIC and with colleagues from professional bodies, industry, government bodies and international partners. These Collaboration have led to published research outputs including:

All REsearch Papers shown on UCL IRIS

Reports and Literature Reviews for the UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC): the Resilience of Digitally Connected Infrastructure Systems (DCIS); Emergent Behaviours in Systems Comparable to Infrastructure; Analytical Approaches To Resilience and Questions for Resilience Assessment

Reports on the Resilience of infrastructure systems to Black Sky Hazards, produced with The Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EIS Council) as part of two academic workshopsto organise Workshops and publish reports.

A briefing report for Industry group CIRIA - Interdependence analysis for systemically resilient infrastructure systems

Work with Infrastructure UK to develop a methodology for outcome-oriented infrastructure performance indicators.

A series of Opinion pieces written on behalf of external partners and for UKCRIC insights:

ICE Thinks: Bringing infrastructure to life in the public imagination.

The Resilience Shift: The Role of economic infrastructure in limiting global warming.

New Cities: Successful Cities Rely on Resilient Infrastructure

Infrastructure Intelligence: Infrastructure Commission: what are the opportunities and how should it work?

A UKCRIC case study published by Professor John Beckford in the 2nd edition of The Intelligent Organisation

A Chapter on Systemically Resilient Infrastructure Systems to be published in professor John Beckford's book The Intelligent Nation

The Net Zero Coalition, as UKCRIC lead on the Report Building a Net zero Economy, and work package development, including upcoming Decarbonisation report

The Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG), Digital Twin Working Group (DTWG) and Gemini Principles Report as Joint UKCRIC lead.

International ISNGI Colleagues to organise and produce outputs from ISNGI 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

RAEng colleagues to support and input into the CASYWat and the Sustainable Living Places projects

Editoral Panel Colleagues on the ICE Journal Smart Infrastructure and Construction (SMIC)

Research Colleagues to lead co-ordination of UKCRIC and ICIF consultation responses to: NIC consultations, UK Government Consultations, Industrial; Strategy Consultatrions,BSI PAS Consultations

Teaching summary

Education

Cranfield University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2009
University of Bath
First Degree, BSc (Hons) Open | 2002

Biography

Prior to joining CEGE as UKCRIC Senior Research Associate in 2016 . I was Centre Co-Ordinator and Senior Research Associate for ICIF for the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) project (part of UCL STEaPP). The ICIF project was a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, Industry facing project between 6 UK Universities (Cranfield University, University of Bristol, University of Southampton, University of Sussex and University of Brighton) funded by EPSRC and ESRC.

Much of my ICIF research, has continued with UKCRIC. In particular my ICIF work included included:

  • How mental models/mindset influence our attitudes towards, expectations of and decisions regarding infrastructure, and whether a set of guiding rules can be created for approaching infrastructure challenges
  • Work in partnership with iBUILD and Infrastructure UK on Infrastructure performance indicators
  • The long term Infrastructure challenges identified by industry practitioners, and in partnership with iBUILD the challenges of making a business case for investment in Resilience
  • Whether a Needs Assessment of the type proposed by the Armitt report can begin from identification of the outcomes our societies expect infrastructure to deliver and from this identify solution-neutral infrastructure needs to create transparent discussion on the infrastructure solutions we choose.
  • Whether natural processes can be viewed as Infrastructure-like, to allow innovative provision of our infrastructure needs
Prior to joining UCL, I completed my EngD (Doctorate) at Cranfield University in December 2013. A four year multi-disciplinary research project funded by Anglian Water Services and the EPSRC to analyse the impact of European environmental, water and agricultural legislation on water company investment planning processes, member state regulators and other stakeholders. During my EngD I published four Papers (see Publications), additionally outcomes from my research:
  • Informed decisions taken at Anglian Water Pesticide Strategy meetings.
  • Led to implementation of a catchment-level decision support tool to guide investment decisions for potable water supply and catchment Management
  • Led to further research at Cranfield University.

I also hold an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management.

I also hold MSc in Economics for Natural Resource and Environmental Management. investments

Publications