Alfred Gand, FHEA FFB A.M.ASCE


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Personal profile


I am a structural engineer at heart and an academic, with over 16 years combined experience (nationally and internationally) in higher education teaching, research and practice, structural design, management and delivery of projects on several sectors of the construction industry, notably education, commercial, leisure, sports, retail and residential. I have been part of excellent teams around the globe, and through this have gained significant experience of developing and delivering fully integrated building design solutions for complex projects requiring careful coordination and attention to detail. I am particularly skilled at working within the design, construction and client teams to drive the development of the best possible solutions for projects with a particular focus on buildability, efficiency and cost control.

In academia, I am a passionate teacher of structural engineering courses and often engages in research-informed pedagogy of emerging materials. In the last few years, I have been working on research schemes involving the use of pultruded fibre reinforced polymer profiles. The research revolves around development, implementation and applications of novel structural systems and connections, particularly with closed sections of PFRP. This has been through the pursue of a doctoral degree programme at the University of Warwick, on part-time study mode.

Recent research work include the development of wholly-FRP jointing systems and truss frames. The work was undertaken in collaboration with Startlink Systems Ltd., and the University of Warwick, a project funded by innovative UK.

Some of my research outputs have been recognosed through te Institutiton of Structural Engineers regional awards, summarised below:

  • Commendation, Structural Awards (Research Category) ISE Midlands Regional Group, Nov. 2016 Birmingham.
  • Commendation, Structural Awards (Research Category) ISE Midlands Regional Group, Nov. 2015 Birmingham.

  • Winner, Structural Awards (Research Category) ISE Midlands Regional Group, Nov. 2014 Birmingham.


Research Interests

My research focuses on the development of modern construction methodologies using low impact material Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) hybrid systems. FRP structural systems continue to prove to be an efficient and durable alternative to conventional steel and concrete. The primary profile material is manufactured economically by pultrusion. At Coventry University, I am one of the few key research contacts for pultruded FRP research since September 2012 and closely work with teams at University of Warwick through my part-time doctoral degree programme. My on-going FRP research focuses in key primary areas such as material property characterisation, jointed systems, structural component design, and advanced FRP frames systems.

 Below outline thematic areas of my research:

  • Pultruded FRP structural novel joint systems, advanced frames and their integrity

  • Hybrid jointing systems combining FRP, timber, concrete and metallic elements;

  • Development of novel PFRP-reinforced concrete structural systems, acting compositely;

  • Sustainable bonded-in FRP rod jointing systems for timber, concrete elements;

  • Durability of FRP composites looking at ‘accelerated’ aging/hygrothermal effects;

  • PFRP in space and reciprocally framed structures and integrity systems;

  • The behaviour of FRP structural systems at elevated temperature.


I currently co-supervise 2 PhD research projects on the developing of novel structural systems using advanced FRP composites:

- Development of pultruded FRP composite columns

- Development of lightweight hybrid floor systems with FRP superstructural elements.

I am working with Prof. Zhenjun Yang (as PI) C-BNE following the successful grant application by under the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, a candidate is currently being recruited for the DTA3 COFUND Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship to start in September 2019 on the project entitled “Development of Ultra Durable Pipelines for Resilient Oil and Gas Transportation.”


External positions

Trustee, Koforidua Sectech Old Students' Association UK

Midlands Regional Commitee Member, The Institution of Structural Engineers

School Governor , Warwickshire Local Authority

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Research Output 2004 2019

Performance of lightweight granulated glass concrete beams reinforced with basalt FRP bars

Gand, A., Sharif, S., Saidani, M., Lumor, R., Fom, P., Ogbologugo, U. & Yeboah, D., 18 Apr 2019, In : Engineering Solid Mechanics. (In-Press), 16 p.

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Open Access
Reinforced concrete

Push-out experimental evaluation of pultruded FRP-concrete composites.

Etim, O. O., Gand, A. & Saidani, M., 2019, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Boundary conditions
Loads (forces)
Composite materials

Shear characterisation of pultruded Superstructural FRP-concrete push-outs

Etim, O. O., Gand, A., Saidani, M., Ganjian, E. & Fom, P., 15 Apr 2019, (Submitted) In : Structures.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2008 2019

SEI - ASCE (External organisation)

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Forum for the Built Environment (External organisation)

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Forum for the Built Environment (External organisation)

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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (External organisation)

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Performance and Standards Committee - Warwickshire Local Authority Governor (External organisation)

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Alfred Gand (Recipient), 1 Nov 2016

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Flexural Strengthening of Timber Beams Using NSM Basalt Fibre Reinforced Rebars

Alfred Gand (Recipient), Nov 2015

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Alfred Gand (Recipient), Nov 2014

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