Associate Professor Seosamh Costello

BE(Civil), MSc(Eng), PhD, CEng, MIEI, CMEngNZ

Biography

Dr Costello is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland. He is currently Director of the Transportation Research Centre (TRC), and has previously served as Deputy Head of Department (Academic) in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) in the Faculty of Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Auckland in 2002, he worked as a Researcher at the University of Birmingham and, before that, as a Project Engineer with the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA).

He received a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 2001, CEng from the Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 2000 , MSc(Eng) in International Highway Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 1996 and BE(Civil) from the National University of Ireland in 1993.

Research | Current

Transportation Asset Management: Pavement and asset management systems, deterioration and predictive modelling, decision making, data collection methodologies, life cycle analysis, prioritisation, and optimisation.

Transportation Performance Management: Performance monitoring, benchmarking, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.

Transportation Infrastructure Resilience: Post-disaster resilience assessement of transportation networks, decision making for resilient infrastructure investment.

Teaching | Current

CIVIL360 - Transportation Engineering 1

CIVIL756 - Capstone Project

CIVIL759 - Highway and Transportation Design

CIVIL766 - Road Asset Management

CIVIL767 - Pavement Analysis and Design

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Students (Main Supervisor)

Gerhard van Blerk, ‘Accelerated testing and field validation to assess the performance characteristics of stone interlocked low fines aggregate pavement layers’

Mohammad Aghababaei, 'Post-Disaster Road Network Resilience Assessment'

Ashkan Tatari, 'Evaluating the Sensitivity of the Auckland Pavement Polishing Device and Analysis of Aggregate Microtextural Wear'

Nicola Smith, ‘A study of the high attrition of women in the Civil Engineering profession’

Imelda Saran Piri, Developing a Framework for Post-Disaster Workforce Resourcing Best Practice in the Subcontracting Sector

 

Current PhD Students (Joint or Co-Supervisor)

David Alabaster, ‘A calibrated residual pavement life determination for unbound pavements’

Mujaddad Afzal, ‘Evacuation planning for Auckland City in the event of a volcanic eruption’

Danial Jahanshahi, 'The development of an equity framework for cycling'

 

PhD and ME Graduates

Harish Shivaramu (PhD), 'Benchmarking Efficiency in Highway Maintenance and Operations' (2019)

Har Baharuddin (PhD), 'Best Practices in Stakeholder Engagement through a Collaborative Procurement System for Infrastructure Projects' (2019)

Masoud Sajoudi (PhD), 'Tool Selection and Implementation Practice for Transportation Resilience Assessment' (2019)

Sadegh Aliakbarlou (PhD), ‘Determinants of Client Values and Satisfaction in Post-Disaster Reconstruction Projects’ (2018)

Adelia Nataadmadja (PhD), 'The Prediction of Pavement Surface Aggregate Wear and Microtextural Polishing' (2016)

Mohammad Mia (PhD), 'Development of a Framework for Assessing the Moisture Damage Potential in Flexible Road Pavements in New Zealand' (2016)

Derek Roux (ME), ‘The development of a new concept for predicting road roughness’ (2015)

Khairil Ibrahim (PhD), ‘Development of an Assessment Tool for Team Integration in Alliance Projects’ (2014)

Theuns Henning (PhD), ‘The Development of Pavement Deterioration Models on the State Highway Network of New Zealand’ (2008)

Anuradha Premathilaka (PhD), ‘Development of Deterministic and Stochastic Rail Wear Models for Railway Tracks’ (2007)

Marcin Goluchowski (ME), ‘Best Practice for use and design of Truck Mounted Attenuators in New Zealand’ (2005)

Auttapone Karndacharuk (ME), ‘Road ride quality: Experiment in panel ratings and axle acceleration measurement’ (2004)

Distinctions/Honours

Awards

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Highly Commended Paper (2019)

K.B. Woods Award in recognition of a paper of outstanding merit at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (2017)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award for the best paper in the field of surveying research at the Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment: International Research Conference (2017)

The Urban Research Network - Highly Commended Paper Award, International Conference on Building Resilience (2016)

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 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)

Responsibilities

Director, Transportation Research Centre (2020 - date)

Deputy Head of Department (Academic), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2017 - 2020)

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (CEng MIEI)
  • Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ)

Committee memberships

  • 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., Henning, T. F., & Costello, S. B. (2017). Application of fault tree analysis to identify moisture damage potential in flexible road pavements. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23 (4)10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000387
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46779
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Theuns Henning
  • 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. 10.5459/bnzsee.50.2.271-299
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liam Wotherspoon, Mohammad Aghababaei, Prakash Ranjitkar
  • van Blerk, P. G. L., Fletcher, E., Costello, S. B., & Henning, T. F. P. (2017). Ethylene glycol accelerated weathering test: An improved, objective aggregate durability test method. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2655, 27-35. 10.3141/2655-05
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Theuns Henning
  • Nataadmadja, A. D., Do, M. T., Wilson, D. J., & Costello, S. B. (2015). Quantifying aggregate microtexture with respect to wear-Case of New Zealand aggregates. Wear, 332-333, 907-917. 10.1016/j.wear.2014.11.028
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Doug Wilson
  • Nataadmadja, A. D., Wilson, D. J., Costello, S. B., & Do, M. T. (2015). Correlating laboratory test methodologies to measure skid resistance of pavement surfaces. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2506, 107-115. 10.3141/2506-12
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Doug Wilson

Identifiers

Contact details

Primary office location

B906 STRUCTURES HALL - Bldg 906
Level 2, Room 233
262 KHYBER PASS
NEWMARKET
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

Secondary office location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 12, Room 1210
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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