Associate Professor Seosamh Costello

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

Biography

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

Postgraduate supervision

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)

Distinctions/Honours

Awards

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)

Responsibilities

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)
  • Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ)

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)

  • Aliakbarlou, S., Wilkinson, S., & Costello, S. B. (2018). Rethinking client value within construction contracting services. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business10.1108/IJMPB-07-2017-0076
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson
  • Che Ibrahim, C. K. I., Costello, S. B., & Wilkinson, S. (2018). Making sense of team integration practice through the “lived experience” of alliance project teams. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 25 (5), 598-622. 10.1108/ECAM-09-2016-0208
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson
  • Aliakbarlou, S., Wilkinson, S., Costello, S. B., & Jang, H. (2018). Conceptual Client Value Index for Post Disaster Reconstruction Contracting Services. KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 22 (4), 1067-1076. 10.1007/s12205-017-0432-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson
  • Aliakbarlou, S., Wilkinson, S., Costello, S. B., & Jang, H. (2018). Achieving Postdisaster Reconstruction Success Based on Satisfactory Delivery of Client Values within Contractors’ Services. Journal of Management in Engineering, 34 (2), 04017058-04017058. 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000581
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson
  • Baharuddin, H. E. A., Che Ibrahim, C. K. I., Costello, S. B., & Wilkinson, S. (2017). Managing stakeholders through alliances: a case study of a megaproject in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law, 1-10. 10.1680/jmapl.17.00004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson
  • Smith, N. E., Costello, S. B., & Wilkinson, S. (2017). Sticking it out: how influence and inclusion motivate women to stay in civil engineering. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer, 1-12. 10.1680/jmuen.17.00018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Wilkinson

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Primary office location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 11, Room 1116
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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