Roger Bird
Senior Lecturer in Highway Engineering

  • Email: roger.bird@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7681
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 6502
  • Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Room 2.20
    Cassie Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Background

Roger Bird graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool before working for six years for two local authorities. After becoming a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer, he spent eleven years working for an international civil engineering consultancy. During that period he gained a Masters Degree in Urban (Civil) Engineering at South Bank University, graduating with Distinction and taking the annual prize. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director – MSc programme in Transport
Chairman of MSc Transport Boards of Studies and Examiners
Undergraduate Stage 2 tutor
Member of School Teaching and Learning Committee
Course Director for the Annual Residential Course in Asphalt Materials and Flexible Pavements.

Qualifications

BEng Civil Engineering (Liverpool University 1981)

MSc Civil (Urban) Engineering (South Bank University 1992) with Distinction

Chartered Engineer - 1987

Previous Positions

Highway and Traffic Engineer - Dartford Borough Council
Project Engineer - London Borough of Bexley
Project Manager - Rendel Palmer and Tritton

Memberships

FIHT - Fellow of the Institution of Highways and Transportation (1999)
MICE - Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1987)

Research Interests

Highway geometry, design standards, safety and consistency

Cycle behaviour and infrastructure design

Road Pavement Materials, Construction and Environmental LCA

Current Work

Innovative research into cycling behaviour using GPS to determine the characteristics of cycle behaviour and journeys.

Traffic Management at highway incidents.

Consistency of forward visibility and safety on highways  

Future Research

Road Safety

Geometric consistency as a technique for improving undesigned roads

Speed distribution & impact on highway design

Postgraduate Supervision

A Alkaabi: Traffic Management at Incidents on Highways

I H Hashim: Safety and the consistency of geometry and speed on rural single carriageways

Y Huang: Life cycle assessment of road pavement materials

D M P Wedagama (graduated 2005): The relationship between urban land use and non motorised transport accidents and casualties

Esteem Indicators

Invited Expert for DfT Research Project: Speed Choice and the Road Environment

Invited International Advisor to Government of Dubai on New Geometric Design Standard

Member of Scientific Committee for the Transportation Research Board Symposium on Highway Geometric Design 

Funding

Faculty Teaching Fellowship – awarded for continuing the development of innovative software for marking coursework for large classes

Undergraduate Teaching

Undergraduate teaching on highway and traffic engineering, and multidisciplinary design
CEG2401 Land Traffic and Highways
CEG3401 Design of Transport Infrastructure
CEG2001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2

Postgraduate Teaching

Postgraduate teaching on transport infrastructure, traffic management and various relevant research dissertation topics
CEG8403 Design of Transport Infrastructure
CEG8404 Transport Planning for Sustainable Development
Dissertation Supervision