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Hawkins Welcomes Civil Engineer Dr Andrew Foster

Built Environment

Hawkins is delighted to welcome civil engineer Dr Andrew Foster, who joins our London Office as part of our Built Environment team. Andrew is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE).

Andrew’s career started as a Design Approval Engineer for Det Norske Veritas (DNV) on a range of offshore structures and installations. His work involved undertaking a variety of analytical approaches, including non-linear and dynamic, and working across a wide range of international codes and standards. Andrew then joined the Earthquake and People Interaction Centre (EPICENTRE) at UCL as a Research Associate. During this period, he undertook ground-breaking research into tsunami loading on buildings, developing a set of new force equations for design.

Following this, Andrew was appointed as a University Lecturer in structural engineering at the University of Manchester. During his tenure, Andrew conducted and led a significant body of research into steel structures, leading a group of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Concurrently he was involved in several collaborative industry projects, most notably research into graphene enhanced concrete with Nationwide Engineering and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

In 2021, Andrew joined COWI’s Bridge Practice in London. His work involved performing structural assessments, producing concept designs, and developing repair solutions for bridges. In his most recent project Andrew was modelling lead for the concept design for the Hammersmith Bridge refurbishment.

Andrew is the author of 25 scientific articles, all of which are published in internationally leading journals. He is also an external PhD examiner for the University of London and UCL.

Andrew is an Associate who will be a fantastic addition to our growing Built Environment team, which now includes 13 civil, structural, and geotechnical engineers.

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