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Sam Cocking

Sam Cocking

Supervisor: Dr Matt DeJong

Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
University of Cambridge
Civil Engineering Building
JJ Thompson Avenue 7a

Cambridge CB3 0FA


Sam is a current PhD student, working in the Structures Research Group and the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. After completing his Masters degree at Cambridge in 2015, he spent a year as a graduate structural engineer in London with BuroHappold Engineering, having previously been a Happold Scholar. During this time, he worked on a range of projects including the KAFD Metro Station, in Riyadh, and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, in London. His interest in historic structures brought him back to Cambridge, where he now works on the monitoring and assessment of masonry arch bridges and viaducts.

Research Interests

  • Historic Structures and Conservation
  • Masonry
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Fibre Optic Sensing


  • Lab demonstrator for 1ADA (Dimensional Analysis) since 2017
  • Lab demonstrator for 3C6 (Vibration) since 2017
  • Supervisor for 3D3 (Structural Materials & Design) since 2017


Key Publications

Peer-reviewed journal publications

Cocking S, Acikgoz S, DeJong MJ (2019, in press). Interpretation of the dynamic response of a masonry arch rail viaduct using finite element modelling, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering

Cocking SH, Price S, DeJong MJ (2017). The effects of wind on the loading and vibration of stone pinnaclesMasonry International, 29(2), 53-60. (Winner of the International Masonry Society award for best undergraduate paper for that year.) 

Other Publications

Conference Proceedings

Cocking S, Thompson D, DeJong MJ (2019). Comparative Evaluation of Monitoring Technologies for a Historic Skewed Masonry Arch Railway Bridge. In: Proceedings of ARCH 2019, the 9th International Conference on Arch Bridges, Porto, Portugal, 2019. 

Cocking SH, Ye C, DeJong MJ (2019). Damage Assessment of a Railway Bridge Using Fibre Optic Sensing and LiDAR Data. In: Proceedings of ICSIC 2019, the International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction, Cambridge, UK, 2019. 

Cocking SH, Alexakis H, DeJong MJ (2019). Measurement of the flow of force in a skewed masonry arch bridge using fibre optic sensing. In: Proceedings of SHMII-9, the 9th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, St. Louis, MO, USA, 2019. 

Cocking SH, Acikgoz S, DeJong MJ (2018). The Importance of Modelling Assumptions When Analysing the Dynamic Response of a Masonry Railway Viaduct. In: Proceedings of 10IMC, the 10th International Masonry Conference, Milan, Italy, 2018.