Alistair Gibb

Professor Alistair Gibb

BSc PhD

  • Professor of Construction Engineering Management

Research and expertise

I am an experienced civil engineer and construction manager with a 40-year track record in construction management practice, research and education. I joined Loughborough University in 1993 following a career in civil engineering and construction management with a focus on major projects.

I have managed research teams working on many research projects in construction innovation and health & safety funded by UK Government, Research Councils, professional bodies, charities and industry. 

In the health and safety domain, key highlights have been working with the “Tideway Super Sewer” project team on realising transformational health and safety; identifying preconditioning for success on the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park; and providing the foundational research for the Government Donaghy Inquiry: “One death is too many”. I serve on a number of influential committees, including Dame Judith Hackitt's ISSG, seeking to implement the recommendations in her report into the Grenfell tower fire disaster. 

The construction innovation work centred on pioneering research on offsite construction through the 1990s and 2000s. I was a founding member of the influential UK industry body Buildoffsite and I led several overseas trade missions. Other significant research projects include: concrete printing (developing a method of 3D printing for construction which is now being commercialised); adaptable futures (designing buildings for lifetime flexibility) and a series of decision-making tools for offsite construction and modularisation.

From 2012 to 2017, I held the European Construction Institute (ECI) Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in complex project management based at Loughborough University. I was responsible for knowledge creation and best practice assimilation within and on behalf of ECI across the European organisation.

Current research activity

  • Various industry-focussed research studies on health, safety and wellbeing

Recently completed research projects

  • Health, safety and wellbeing research on London's Tideway Super Sewer – https://tideway.lboro.ac.uk/
  • Linking presenteeism and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Tunnelling Fatigue Scoping Study (with Haslam) (Tideway - LUEL)
  • BSI standard for offsite – (BSI - LUEL )
  • Costs to construction employers of Occupational Ill-health - (ICE - LUEL)
  • Tideway Longitudinal Tracer study (IOSH)
  • Nanotechnology – implications for construction (IOSH)
  • OSH Knowledge of construction SMEs (IOSH)
  • Health and Safety knowledge in networked organisations (IOSH)

Recent publications

  • Harvey EJ; Pinder JA; Haslam RA; Dainty ARJ & Gibb AGF (2019) The use of actor-based immersive health and safety inductions: Lessons from the Thames Tideway Tunnel megaproject; Applied Ergonomics, Vol 82 (Jan 2020) 102955, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102955, JERG-D-19-00244R1, (accepted 15-09-19)
  • Jones W; Gibb AGF; Haslam RA & Dainty AJR (2019) Work-related ill-health in construction: The importance of scope, ownership and understanding, Safety Science, Elsevier, 120, 538-550, ISSN: 0925-7535. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.07.038 – https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1ZWj63IVV9gluI - on-line 8 19
  • Jones W, Gibb AGF, Haslam RH and Armstrong J (2019) Raising the bar for occupational health management in construction, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Civil Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1680/jcien.19.00029 - www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jcien.19.00029 - online 8 19
  • Goodier CI; Gibb AGF; Mancini M; Turck C; Gjepali O & Daniels E (overseas academic and industry co-authors) (2019) Modularisation and offsite in engineering construction – an early decision support tool, Proceedings Institution of Civil Engineers, Materials, accepted June 2019, Ahead of Print,  1–45, online: 6 19, https://doi.org/10.1680/jcien.19.00015
  • Fuller P; Randall, R; Dainty ARJ, Haslam R & Gibb AGF (2017) Applying a longitudinal tracer methodology to evaluate complex interventions in complex settings, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (EJWOP), Received 13 Feb 2019, Accepted 19 Mar 2019, online: 4 19, doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2019.1598973, https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37127
  • Lopez-Arquillos A; Pardo-Ferreira M; Gibb AGF; Rubio-Romero J (2019) Occupational safety needs into construction formwork market. Perception of stakeholders, Revista dela Construccion (Journal of Construction), Chile; 18/01, 16-28, DOI: 10.7764/RDLC.18.1.16
  • Manu P, Poghosyan A, Mahamadu AM, Mahdjoubi L, Gibb AGF, Behm M and Akinade O (2019) Design for Occupational Safety and Health: Key Attributes for Organisational Capability, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 26/11  2614-2636, DOI: 10.1108/ECAM-09-2018-0389, published 18 Nov 2019, ISSN: 0969-9988
  • Talabi BO; Edum-Fotwe F & Gibb AGF (2019) Personal attributes of supervisors: is it the key to transforming construction safety?, Management, Procurement and Law, Proc Institution of Civil Engineers, 172/03 (June 2019) pp 101-111, on-line Feb 2019, ISSN 1751-4304, http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/toc/jmapl/0/0. DOI: 10.1680/jmapl.18.00028,
  • PoghosyanA; Manu P; Mahdjoubi L; Gibb AGF; Behm M; Mahamadu AM (2018) ’Design for Safety Implementation Factors:  A Literature Review, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 16(5) 783-797, DOI 10.1108/JEDT-09-2017-0088
  • De Luca di Roseto A; Palmeri A & Gibb AGF (in press 2018) Performance-based seismic design of steel structures accounting for fuzziness in their joint flexibility, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, 115,  799-814, https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/35744, 10.1016/j.soildyn.2018.09.007
  • Gibb AGF; Jones WE; Goodier CI; Bust PD; Song M & Jin J (2018) Nanotechnology in construction and demolition: What we know, what we don’t, Construction Research and Innovation 9 (2), 55-58, DOI: 10.1080/20450249.2018.1470405
  • Fuller P; Gibb AGF; Jones W; Dainty ARJ; Haslam RA; Bust PD & Pinder J (2017) Is the longbow better than the crossbow? Emerging issues from mobilising a longitudinal study on a megaproject, Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation – Special Issue W099, 7:2 pp 2054-2065, ISSN: 2223-7852, file:///C:/Users/cvagg/Downloads/jcpmi_v7_n2_a12.pdf
  • Gambatese J; Gibb AGF; Bust PD & Behm M (2017) Expanding Prevention through Design (PtD) in practice: innovation, change and a path forward, Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation – Special Issue W099, 7:2 pp 1995-2006
  • Gambatese, J; Gibb, AGF; Brace, C; Tymvios, N (2017) Motivation for Prevention through Design (PtD): Experiential Perspectives and Practice, ASCE, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction (USA), special issue on safety, 22:4, TBA, ISSN (print): 1084-0680 | ISSN (online): 1943-5576, https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27320
  • Pinder, JA, Schmidt III, R, Austin, S, Gibb AGF and Saker J (2017) What is meant by adaptability in buildings?. Facilities. 35:1/2, 2-20, doi: 10.1108/F-07-2015-0053 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20404
  • Jia AY; Rowlinson S; Loosemore M; Xu M; Li B & Gibb AGF (2017 online), Institutions and Institutional Logics in Safety Management: the case of climatic heat stress, Construction Management and Economics, 35:6 338-367, www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01446193.2017.1296171                                                                   - http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2017.1296171  https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/24918
  • Rich, D; Glass, J; Gibb, AGF; Goodier, CI & Sander, G (2017) Optimising construction with self-compacting concrete, Construction Materials, Institution of Civil Engineers, 170:2, 104-114, Published on line 11/09/2015, ISSN 1747-650X, E-ISSN 1747, DOI: 10.1680/coma.14.00025, https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19968
    Winner of the 2017 Howard Medal for best paper, ICE Journal: Construction Materials - www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/full/10.1680/coma.14.00025
  • Jones W; Gibb AGF; Goodier CI; Bust PD; Song M; & Jin J (2016) Managing the unknown: addressing the potential health risks of nanomaterials in the built environment", Construction Management & Economics, 35:3 122-136, accepted 9 16, invited paper developed from the CIOB Award winning paper at ARCOM 2015 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01446193.2016.1241413 - http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/erB6IrwfDnXKBdUcgSHF/full
  • Pinder J, Gibb AGF, Dainty AJR, Jones W, Fray M, Hartley R, Cheyne A, Finneran A, Glover J, Haslam RA, Morgan J, Waterson P, Yolande Gosling E, Bust PD & Pink S (2016)  Occupational safety and health and smaller organisations: research challenges and opportunities, PPHS (Policy and Practice in Health and Safety), 14:1, 34-49, TPHS 1239357 – http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14773996.2016.1239357   https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22779
  • Pink, Waterson, Dainty, Cheyne, Haslam, Gibb, Morgan, Hartley, Finneran, Bust, (2016) Interdisciplinary research for occupational safety and health knowledge, PPHS (Policy and Practice in Health and Safety),  14:1, 22-33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14773996.2016.1235832    https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/22057
  • Jones W; Gibb AGF; Goodier CI; Bust PD; Song M; & Jin J (2016) Nanomaterials in construction - what is being used, and where? Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Construction Materials, 172(2): 49–62. Special Issue.  COMA-D-16-00011, ISSN 1747-650X, on-line 5-16 – in print 4 19 https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/full/10.1680/jcoma.16.00011     www.icevirtuallibrary.com/toc/jcoma/0/0. - https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/21419
  • Aires, DM; Rubio, MC & Gibb AGF (2016) The impact of occupational health and safety regulations on prevention through design in construction projects: Perspectives from Spain and the United Kingdom, Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 53, 181-191 DOI 10.3233/WOR-152148, https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17795
  • Eaves, S; Gyi DE & Gibb, AGF (2016) Building healthy construction workers: their views on health, wellbeing and better workplace design, Applied Ergonomics, 54, 10-18, DOI information: 10.1016/j.apergo.2015.11.004 - https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20079
  • Lopez-Arquillos A, Carlos Rubio-Romero J, Gibb A (2015) Accident data study of concrete construction companies' similarities and differences between qualified and non-qualified workers in Spain, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND ERGONOMICS 21(4):486-492 2015 - doi/full/10.1080/10803548.2015.1085750
  • Gibb, AGF; Cook, S; Nyateka, N; Bust, PD; Jones, W & Finneran, AM (2015), Wearable simulations for ill-health conditions in construction, Civil Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers, 168:6, 51-56 - on-line April 15 – www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/pdf/10.1680/cien.14.00055  - https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18083 – 2017 ICE Medal winner: best paper H&S-Safety in construction. (awarded to the paper which best describes the measures taken to safeguard the health and safety of the construction team, the user and the public)

Teaching

I have contributed to learning and teaching activities across the School's programmes since 1993, in particular, focussing on the two construction programmes, Construction Engineering Management BSc and Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying BSc, as well as the Construction Management MSc.

I developed key modules such as: 

  • CVC034 Management of Human Resources (Outdoor management course),
  • CVC040 Advanced Construction and
  • CVP326 Management of Construction Processes and Techniques.

As I'm now working part-time, these modules are being delivered by other colleagues.

Current projects

  • Implementation of LUSKInS wearable simulations for occupational ill-health (Training Licence to Park Health and Safety)

Recently completed projects

  • Impact of COVID on construction (2020)
  • Retainer – Thames Tideway (2015-2019)
  • A number of industry-focussed reports and guidance exploiting results from funded research

Career

I am an experienced civil engineer and construction manager with a 40-year track record in construction management practice, research and education. I joined Loughborough University in 1993 following a career in civil engineering and construction management with a focus on major projects.

I have managed research teams working on many research projects in construction innovation and health & safety funded by UK Government, Research Councils, professional bodies, charities and industry. 

In the health and safety domain, key highlights have been working with the “Tideway Super Sewer” project team on realising transformational health and safety; identifying preconditioning for success on the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park; and providing the foundational research for the Government Donaghy Inquiry: “One death is too many”.  

The construction innovation work centred on pioneering research on offsite construction through the 1990s and 2000s.  I was a founding member of the influential UK industry body Buildoffsite and I led several overseas trade missions.  Other significant research projects include: concrete printing (developing a method of 3D printing for construction which is now being commercialised); adaptable futures (designing buildings for lifetime flexibility) and a series of decision-making tools for offsite construction and modularisation.

From 2012 to 2017 I held the European Construction Institute (ECI) Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in complex project management based at Loughborough University.  I was responsible for knowledge creation and best practice assimilation within and on behalf of ECI across the European organisation.

Professional affiliations

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), 1987-2020
  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE), 1987-2020
  • Chartered Construction Manager, 1995-2020

Awards

  • Professor of Construction Engineering Management, 2004-2012 and 2017 to date
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Loughborough University, 2001
  • Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, 1982
  • Diploma of Industrial Studies, Loughborough University, 1982

External activities

  • European Construction Institute / Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Complex Project Management, 2012-2017

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • Tideway; HS2; Crossrail; Mace; Laing O’Rourke; Costain; Vinci; Morgan Sindall; Balfour Beatty