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Dr Andre Brault

Dr Andre Brault

Research Associate

IS2-02 EDC Loft
University of Cambridge
Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Office Phone: +44 1223 332673


Andre is a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where his research focuses on tailoring reinforced concrete elements for their specific purpose, while simultaneously minimising their cement content. He is a member of the Concrete Infrastructure Research Group (CIRG) led by Professor Janet Lees. Andre received both his Bachelor’s degree and his PhD in structural engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. His PhD research investigated the use distributed fibre optic sensors to monitor reinforced concrete structures for the purposes of improving design and assessment. Andre’s PhD supervisor was Dr. Neil Hoult.

Research Interests

Tailored reinforced concrete structures that optimise performance and minimise cement use.

Monitoring reinforced concrete structures with distributed fibre optics sensors to improve design and assessment.


Lead instructor for 2nd year undergraduate solid mechanics course at Queen’s University (2016 & 2018).

Key Publications

Journal Articles:

Brault, A., and Hoult, N. A. (2019). “Distributed reinforcement strains: measurement and application.” ACI Structural Journalin press.

Brault, A., and Hoult, N. A. (2019). “Monitoring RC serviceability performance using fiber-optic sensors.” ACI Structural Journal, 116(1), 57-70.

Brault, A., Hoult, N. A., Greenough, T., Trudeau, I. (2019) “Monitoring of beams in an RC building during a load test using distributed sensors.” ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 33(1), 04018096 1-11.

Brault, A. Hoult, N. A. Greenough, T., Trudeau, I., Charnish, B. (2017). “Closure strip strategies: available design approaches are summarized and evaluated against field data.” Concrete International, 39(7), 29-35.

Conference Papers:

Brault, A., Nurmi, S., Hoult., N. A. (2017). “Distributed deflection measurement of reinforced concrete elements using fibre optic sensors.” Proc. IABSE, Engineering the Future 2017, Vancouver, Canada.

Brault, A., Hoult, N. A., Greenough, T., Trudeau, I., Charnish, B. (2016) “Distributed fibre optic sensors for the purpose of structural performance monitoring.” Proc. International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2016, Cambridge, UK.

Brault, A., Hoult, N. A., Greenough, T., Trudeau, I., Masoud, S., Charnish, B. (2015) “Field monitoring of reinforced concrete closure strip behavior with wireless sensors.” Proc. IWSHM, System Reliability for Verification and Implementation 2015, Palo Alto, United States.

Brault, A., Hoult, N. A., and Lees, J. M. (2015) Development of a relationship between external measurements and reinforcement stress. Proc. SPIE 9435, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015, San Diego, United States.