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Dr Vasilis Sarhosis

Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering



Dr Vasilis Sarhosis is a University Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University. Previously, he was a Research Associate at the School of Engineering at Cardiff University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure at University of Leeds. He holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, and worked as a consultant Civil Engineer in UK. Dr Sarhosis is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in UK. He is currently leading the Masonry Research Group at Newcastle University and chairing the National Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) which is part of the ICOMOS.

For more information visit my pages: Research GateGoogle ScholarScopus 

My ORCID ID is 0000-0003-4495-9902 


  • Ph.D Computational modelling of low bond strength masonry, University of Leeds (2012)
  • MSc Sustainable Waste Management, University of Leeds (2006)
  • MSc Infrastructure Asset Maintenance and Management, University of Leeds (2004)
  • BEng Civil Engineering, University of Leeds (2003)


  • Research Associate, Geo-environmental Research Center (GRC), School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK (2013-2015).
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (2012-2013).


    • Grontmij Ltd, Structures and Building Department, Leeds, UK (2006 - 2008). 
    • MWH UK Ltd, Structures and Geotechnics Department, Bradford, UK (2004 - 2005).


    • Reviewer of EPSRC grants. 
    • Associate Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (since 06/2017).


    • Chartered Engineer (CEng), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK, No. 80317045.
    • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE,  No. 9924132.
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Recognition reference number: PR120205.
    • Member of the Association of Civil Engineer, Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), No. 114420. 
    • Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK, No. 60196357.
    • Member of the International Masonry Society (IMS).


    • Chair of the National Scientific Committee on Structural Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) in UK. 
    • Executive Committee Member of ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites. 
    • Committee Member of ICOMOS Digital Technology Heritage.
    • Technical Committee Member of the RILEM group CSM - Composites for sustainable Strengthening of Masonry.


    • Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for work of outstanding excellence, as a member of the Geo-environmental Research Centre, Cardiff University, December 2013.
    • First price award. Commercialisation of Research: Project sDNA, Research Innovation and Enterprise Award, Cardiff University, April 2014.


    • Associate Editor, International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, ISSN: 2056-9467 (online), Interscience Publishers.


    • Associate Editorial Board Member, Open Construction and Building Technology Journal (OCBTJ), ISSN: 1874-8368 (Online) , Bentham Publishers.
    • Editorial Board Member, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Taylor and Francis Group.  ISSN: 2378-9689 (Print), 2378-9697 (Online)
    • Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Earthquake Engineering, Frontiers. Earthquake Engineering.
    • Editorial Board Member of Computational Methods in Structural Engineering, Frontiers in Built Environment. 


    • Engineering Structures (Elsevier).
    • Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier).
    • Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer)
    • Computers and Structures (Elsevier).
    • Journal of Structures and Infrastructure Engineering (Taylor and Francis)
    • International Journal of Architectural Heritage (Taylor and Francis).
    • Journal of Sustainable Mining (Central Mining Institute, Poland).
    • Oil & Gas Science and Technology (IFP Energies Nouvelles).



    My principal research interests centred on the development of multi-phase (thermo/hydro/mechanical) numerical modelling of jointed and blocky material for applications in Structural and Geotechnical/Geo-environmental Engineering. I am keen on undertaking multi-disciplinary research and produce low cost sustainable engineering solutions that will address the low carbon agenda. In particular, my research falls with the following two main themes: 

    a) Improve the Resilience of Masonry Infrastructure:

    If future cities are to be well-led and well-managed, they must have high-reliability and robust infrastructure, so that they can provide the best services, quality of life, economies and jobs. A wide range of masonry infrastructure (such as masonry arch bridges, tunnels, viaducts, historical structures as well as a range of more modern masonry buildings) are lacking resilience to unforeseen load effects (e.g. flooding, terrorist activity, collision), movement (e.g. caused by extreme climate events, settlement) etc. The risk of structural failure of such structures is high. Also, the cost, time and effort associated with repairing such damage is usually significant especially from the owner’s perspective. I am extremely interested in increasing the resilience of existing masonry structures by producing minimum cost, minimum intervention, minimum disruption and low embodied energy solutions that will extend their lives.

    For further information, please visit the webpage of Masonry Research Group at Newcastle University. 

    b) Energy Geotechnics: 

    Geotechnical Engineering has a vital role to play in delivering our future energy needs. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative solutions to support the next generation of offshore energy capture technologies (wind, wave, tidal), unconventional gas activities (Underground Coal Gasification and Coal Bed Methane), geothermal energy and geological storage of carbon dioxide all of which are essential in order to secure environmental sustainability and a low carbon future. 


    FULLY FUNDED PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: An exciting opportunity exists for a strong candidate to obtain a fully funded scholarship to pursue a PhD in the area of structural masonry (click here for the studentship). For further information, please contact me

    Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities: We support excellent early career researchers in applying for their own funding to join us. Some possible sources of  funding are: EPSRC Fellowship, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship.

    Academic Visitors: I welcome faculty and researchers from other research or industry institutions seeking mutually beneficial collaboration. I can host sabbaticals, visiting researchers and industry secondments. Please contact me to scope out interaction. 



    • Prof Gabriele Milani - Professor of Structural Mechanics, Politechnico di Milano, Italy 
    • Dr Davorin Penava - Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia.
    • Mr Antonio Maria Darti - PhD student, University of Bolognia, Italy
    • Mr Gabriel Lee Stockdale - PhD student, Politechnico di Milano, Italy 
    • Dr Vincenzo Giamundo - PhD student, Federico II, Naples, Italy


    • Katherine Grattage - Vulnerability of masonry infrastructure to natural hazards (2018-2021).
    • Dimitris Dais - Vulnerability assessment of masonry structures at risk due to man-made hazards (2017-2020).
    • Vasilis Aggelidakis - Discrete element modelling of non-spherical particles: Application to geomaterials, process and mining engineering (2017-2020).
    • Forgács Tamás - Discrete element modelling of masonry arch brides (2016-2019). 
    • Nickos Kassorakis - Monitoring and assessment of masonry arch bridges (2016-2019)
    • Chuanlin Wang - Retrofitting of infilled RC frames using collar jointed masonry (completed 2016)


    •  Heriot-Watt University (1)


    • Workshop on the Geospatial and Geotechnical Applications on Disaster Risk Reduction of Heritage Structures, Geomatics Engineering Society, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2016.
    • Workshop on the Assessment of historic masonry structures in Nepal. Department of Archeology, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2016.
    • Workshop on the Numerical Modelling of Masonry Structures, 8th International Congress of Croatian Society of Mechanics, 2015.


      Discrete element modelling of Multi-ring masonry arches, 13th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Halifax, Canada, 2017.The role of numerical modelling for the assessment of historic structures in Nepal, Department of Archeology, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2016.Geospatial and Geotechnical Applications on Disaster Risk Reduction of Heritage Structures, NEPAL Geomatics Engineering Society, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2016. Underground Coal Gasification – Wales Perspective. Clean Coal Technology Forum, Workshop, Leeds University, 2015. Carbon sequestration in deep coal seams. Royal Geographic Society. Feb 2015, University of Cardiff, Wales, UK. Computational modelling of historic masonry structures. Workshop YRMMS 2013, University of Salerno, Italy, 2013. Development of geo-mechanical and cavity models for UCG spaces and CO2 storage.  Workshop - Study of deep underground coal gasification and permanent storage of CO2 in the affected areas – results (UCG&CO2 STORAGE), Sofia, Bulgaria, 2012. A computational modelling approach for low bond strength masonry. Structural Analysis of Historic Constructions, Poland, 2012. Multi scale and multi-physics modelling – Engineering Applications. Centre for Energy Systems. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan, 2012. Computational modelling strategies for masonry. School of Civil Engineering. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan, 2012. Computational modelling of cavity growth – Applications and case studies. Department for Science and Technology, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2012. 3D coupled thermal-mechanical numerical modelling of UCG cavity growth and surface subsidence. CERTH, Athens, Greece, 2012.   Computational modelling of the cavity growth in UCG. UK-Pakistan Coal conference, Leeds, 2012. Computational modelling of clay brickwork walls containing openings.  International Masonry Conference, Germany, 2010. Distinct element modelling of masonry wall panels with openings. 9th Int. Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Athens, 2009.



      My vision for teaching is to promote life long learning environment, empower students' potential, expand their boundaries of knowledge and produce graduates with experience, skills and ability to innovate and tackle local and global challenges. 


      Basic geotechnics and geology for civil engineers.

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      Ground improvements and geotechnics for geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists

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