Steel Structures

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Prof. Buick Davison

Professor of Structural Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 5354

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Prof Buick Davison is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined the academic staff in 1993 after a number of years in practice as a Structural Engineer where he gained first-hand experience in the design and construction of numerous projects including sports stadia, factories and multi-storey buildings. His research interests are in the behaviour of steel-framed structures, in particular the influence of connections on frame response, and sustainability issues in structural engineering. He has authored more than 120 refereed journal and conference papers and held research grants from the EU, EPSRC, Building Research Establishment, Steel Construction Institute and Corus.

Recent activities and achievements

Prof Davison’s expertise is in steel design and he is co-editor of the Steel Designers’ Manual (6th and 7th editions). He was a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers steering group for the EC3-based steel deign handbook and has contributed to a number of steel design teaching initiatives (SSEDTA, NFATEC, EURING). His keen interest in the design of contemporary buildings led to the development of the dual accredited Structural Engineering and Architecture programme. He worked with Professor Bernard Johnston (a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor) to introduce a new Architectural Engineering Designprogramme which, recognising the impact of buildings on the environment, has key themes of the development of the skills required to implement integrated, environmentally sensitive designs and the use of leading-edge building simulation techniques. The ethos of the course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of fundamental principles, an appreciation and some experience of practical application and the inspiration to improve, to innovate and to be creative. He is a Director of theRoyal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, one of only four in the UK.




(2017). Innovative composite steel-timber floors with prefabricated modular components. Engineering Structures, 132 (1), pp. 695-713. (Full Text)., Abstract: © 2016 Elsevier LtdAn innovative steel-timber composite floor for use in multi-storey residential buildings is presented. The research demonstrates the potential of these steel-timber composite systems in terms of bearing capacity, stiffness and method of construction. Such engineered solutions...
(2017). The environmental impact of phenolic foam insulation boards. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (London), 170 (2), pp. 91-103. (Full Text)., Abstract: The use of external wall insulation is on the increase, with phenolic foam being a popular insulation choice. However, if designers are to make informed decisions on material choices, the environmental impact of the insulation should be considered and the payback period of the associated impacts...
(2017). Editorial. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings., 170 (3), pp. 157-158. (Full Text).
(2016). Development of a proposed design method for discontinuous columns in braced frames. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 128 (4), pp. 233-244. (Full Text)., Abstract: © 2016 Elsevier LtdA column design method has been developed for use in braced frames with discontinuous columns using flexible cap and base plates and floor beams that are either simply supported or continuous. The proposed method is intended to be used with shallow floor construction with...
(2015). An environmental impact comparison of external wall insulation types. Building and Environment, 85 (EN4), pp. 182-189.
(2015). Tensile Behaviour of Galvanised Grade 8.8 Bolt Assemblies in Fire. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, Volume 6 (Number 3), pp. 197-212. (Full Text).
(2015). Development of a general component-based connection element for structural fire engineering analysis. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, 6 (4), pp. 247-253.
(2015). Tensile behaviour of galvanised grade 8.8 bolt assemblies in fire. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, 6 (3), pp. 197-212.
(2014). Cross-section slenderness limits for columns with plastic rotations. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 95 (4), pp. 162-171. (Full Text).