Professor Colin Taylor

Professor Colin Taylor
Professor of Earthquake Engineering
University of Bristol
 

Prof Colin Taylor CEng FICE is Professor of Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. He has a particular interest in the performance of complex infrastructure systems when subjected to natural hazards. His work has spanned across all kinds of infrastructure systems, including dams, long span bridges, utility networks, transportation and nuclear facilities, integrating theory, analysis, and advanced laboratory and prototype experimentation. His team recently won the Showcase Award of the Institution of Civil Engineers SW Region for its innovative experimental programme for EDF that is investigating the seismic performance of the ageing graphite cores of the UK Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power station fleet. Other ongoing work is exploring how infrastructure services influence customer and societal behaviours; a project with the UK payments infrastructure provider, Bacs, is generating new insights into customer learning and choices, and how these influence well functioning markets and the architecture of the infrastructures that service them. Colin is the Principal Investigator for the £13.9m UKCRIC investments at Bristol, which include the National Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction facility and the UKCRIC Bristol Infrastructure Collaboratory that is developing the city as a holistic infrastructure laboratory.