Associate Professor Seosamh Costello
BE(Civil), MSc(Eng), PhD, CEng, MIEI, MIPENZ
Seosamh Costello received his primary degree, a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), from the National University of Ireland in 1993. After a couple of years as a Graduate Engineer he moved to the United Kingdom to study for a Masters in International Highway Engineering from the University of Birmingham, which he received in 1996.
Seosamh then joined the Motor Industry Research Association where he worked on the specification and design of automotive proving grounds for international vehicle and vehicle component manufacturers. He undertook his professional review with the Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 2000 to become a Chartered Engineer.
Seosamh joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham in 1998 as a Research Associate and later became a Research Fellow. During this time he also read for his doctorate, which was conferred in 2001. He joined the University of Auckland in 2002, initially as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer.
In 2006 he returned to the Northern Hemisphere where he worked in consultancy. This included the role of Project Manager for the route selection, preliminary design and environmental impact assessment for a major highway scheme.
Seosamh re-joined the University of Auckland in 2010 and held the position of Associate Dean (Postgraduate) in the Faculty of Engineering from 2012 to 2014.
Research | Current
Pavement Asset Management: Pavement management systems, pavement deterioration modelling, skid resistance prediction, data collection methodologies, life cycle analysis, prioritisation, optimisation.
Performance Management: Performance monitoring, benchmarking, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.
Resilient Infrastructure: Resilience benchmarking of transportation infrastructure and infrastructure service providers, decision making for resilient infrastructure investment.
Construction Management: Stakeholder analysis, team integration assessment, value analysis of service providers.
Teaching | Current
CIVIL360 - Transportation Engineering 1
CIVIL361 - Transportation Engineering 2
CIVIL759 - Highway and Transportation Design
CIVIL766 - Road Asset Management
CIVIL767 - Pavement Analysis and Design
Current thesis supervision
Gerhard van Blerk, ‘Accelerated testing and field validation to assess the performance characteristics of stone interlocked low fines aggregate pavement layers’
Mohammad Aghababaei, 'Resilience of Distributed Infrastructure – Transport'.
Ashkan Tatari, 'Aggregate Polishing Sensitivity, Microtextural Wavelength Analysis and the Skid Resistance Performance of Recycled Aggregates'
Hormoz Etemad, 'Development of a cycle safety risk framework'
Harish Shivaramu, 'Benchmarking efficiency and effectiveness in highway maintenance and operations'.
Nicola Smith, ‘A study of the high attrition of women in the Civil Engineering profession’
Previous thesis supervision
Derek Roux, ‘The development of a new concept for predicting road roughness’ (2015)
Khairil Ibrahim, ‘Development of an Assessment Tool for Team Integration in Alliance Projects’ (2014)
Theuns Henning, ‘The Development of Pavement Deterioration Models on the State Highway Network of New Zealand’ (2008)
Anuradha Premathilaka, ‘Development of Deterministic and Stochastic Rail Wear Models for Railway Tracks’ (2007)
Marcin Goluchowski, ‘Best Practice for use and design of Truck Mounted Attenuators in New Zealand’ (2005)
Auttapone Karndacharuk, ‘Road ride quality: Experiment in panel ratings and axle acceleration measurement’ (2004)
The Urban Research Network - Highly Commended Paper Award, International Conference on Building Resilience (2016)
Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence - Highly Commended Paper (2016)
Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
AIBS Top Paper Award, AUBEA Conference (2013)
Faculty of Engineering Early Career Teaching Excellence Award (2004)
Associate Dean (Postgraduate), Faculty of Engineering (2012 - 2014)
Postgraduate Adviser, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)
Areas of expertise
- Pavement asset management
- Infrastructure asset management
- Performance management
- Resilient infrastructure
- Road safety and driver behaviour
- Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (CEng MIEI)
- Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ)
- Committee Member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies Standing Committee AFD10: Pavement Management Systems.
- Associate Member of the Infrastructure Systems Committee (ISC), Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Member of the Subcommittee on International Activities, Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Mia, M. N. U., Henning, T. F. P., & Costello, S. B. (2017). Application of Fault Tree Analysis to Identify Moisture Damage Potential in Flexible Road Pavements. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23 (4), 04017026-04017026. 10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000387
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Theuns Henning
- Che Ibrahim, C. K. I., Costello, S. B., Wilkinson, S., & Walker, D. (2017). Innovation in alliancing for improved delivery of road infrastructure projects. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 10 (4), 700-720. 10.1108/IJMPB-11-2016-0088
- Davies, A. J., Sadashiva, V., Aghababaei, M., Barnhill, D., Costello, S. B., Fanslow, B., ... Mackie, J. (2017). TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PERFORMANCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND, DURING THE FIRST 100 DAYS FOLLOWING THE 2016 MW 7.8 "KAIKOURA" EARTHQUAKE. BULLETIN OF THE NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY FOR EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING, 50 (2), 271-299.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liam Wotherspoon, Mohammad Aghababaei, Prakash Ranjitkar
- Aliakbarlou, S., Wilkinson, S., & Costello, S. B. (2017). Exploring construction client values and qualities: Are these two distinct concepts in construction studies?. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 7 (3), 234-252. 10.1108/BEPAM-06-2016-0023
- Aliakbarlou, S., Wilkinson, S., Costello, S. B., & Jang, H. (2017). Client values within post-disaster reconstruction contracting services. Disaster Prevention and Management, 26 (3), 348-360. 10.1108/DPM-03-2017-0058
- van Blerk, P. G. L., Fletcher, E., Costello, S. B., & Henning, T. F. P. (2017). Ethylene Glycol Accelerated Weathering Test. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2655, 27-35. 10.3141/2655-05
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Theuns Henning
- Sapeciay, Z., Wilkinson, S., & Costello, S. B. (2017). Building organisational resilience for the construction industry: New Zealand practitioners’ perspective. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 8 (1), 98-108. 10.1108/IJDRBE-05-2016-0020
- Che Ibrahim, C. K. I., Costello, S. B., & Wilkinson, S. (2016). Validation of a team integration assessment tool in road infrastructure alliance projects. International Journal of Construction Management, 1-14. 10.1080/15623599.2016.1253203
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson