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Dr David McGovern

Dr David McGovern

mcgoverd@lsbu.ac.uk

Civil and Building Services Engineering

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1844-4705

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I am a physical modeler in the fields of Coastal and Ocean Engineering, sediment transport and fluid mechanics, with particular focus on Tsunami and coastal natural hazards.

I have a BSc Environmental Science (2006) and PhD Geography (2011, Scour at offshore Wind Turbines) from Lancaster University.

I spent 2012-2014 as PDRF at the National University of Singapore researching the kinematics of sea ice in waves & impact dynamics with offshore structures.

Between 2014-2017 I was PDRF at UCL, where I researched physical modelling of tsunami wave propagation and inundation of the built environment.

This research theme continues at LSBU since 2017.

Along with my active research in tsunami and storm surge inundation of the coastal built environment, I am also a member of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT).

My most recent past projects include (as PI) AKT-269 Tsunami Experimental Study, funded by Innovate UK and the MAKEWAVES project looking at tsunami inundation, runup and scour of structures in collaboration with UCL, HR Wallingford and a number in national and international partners.

My current projects include a the 'TsuTWin' KTP with HR Wallingford developing a tsunami wave train generator 2024 - 2026.

I have space for new PhD students to join this research group, and encourage prospective candidates to get in touch.

Courses taught

Civil Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Civil Engineering - BTEC HNC

Civil Engineer Apprenticeship Degree - Civil Engineering BEng

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mrs Niki Soleimani AmiriDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Pingyuan LangDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
PhD

Lancaster University

2007
2011
BSc Hons

Lancaster University

2003
2006
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
National University of Singapore

Research on kinematic response of sea ice in waves, and impact with offshore structures.

2011
2014
Education
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
University College London

Reserach on tsunami interaction with the coastal built environment

2014
2017
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)2023Learning from Earthquakes: Building Resilient Communities Through Earthquake Reconnaissance, Response and RecoveryPrincipal Investigator
Innovate UK 2024London South Bank University and HR Wallingford Group Limited KTP 23_24 R5Principal Investigator
Innovate UK 2022Tsunami Experimental study - AKT2IPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
COASTVUL-SLRCOASTVUL-SLRPrincipal InvestigatorLloyds Register Foundation and TWI LTD, CB21 6AL, Cambridge, UKOPEN SubmittedMay 2024
A Combined Modelling Approach for Assessment and Mitigation of Coastal Flood Risk Due to Sea Level Rise in the UKA Combined Modelling Approach for Assessment and Mitigation of Coastal Flood Risk Due to Sea Level Rise in the UKPrincipal InvestigatorNewton International FundOPEN SubmittedMar 2024
Southampton Univeristy
External examiner

External Advisor for MSc Coastal and Ocean Engineering programme

Observations from the EEFIT-TDMRC mission to Banda Aceh, Indonesia to investigate the recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
Baiguera, M., Raby, A., McGovern, D., Adams, K., Meilianda, E., Idris, Y. and Veriyanti, V. (2023). Observations from the EEFIT-TDMRC mission to Banda Aceh, Indonesia to investigate the recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. SECED. Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics.

Large-Scale Experiments On Tsunami Inundation And Overtopping Forces At Vertical Sea Walls
McGovern, D., Allsop, W., Rossetto, T and Chandler, I (2022). Large-Scale Experiments On Tsunami Inundation And Overtopping Forces At Vertical Sea Walls. Coastal Engineering. 179, p. 104222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2022.104222

A strategy to face the impact of Covid-19 and technology disruption on higher education in the 2020-2025 lustrum
Levatti Lopez, H., Leung, S., McGovern, D. and Kraincanic, I. (2021). A strategy to face the impact of Covid-19 and technology disruption on higher education in the 2020-2025 lustrum. Teaching and Learning Conference 2021: Teaching in the Spotlight: What is the Future for HE Curricula?. Online 06 - 08 Jul 2021

Tsunami Scour and Forces at Onshore Structures
McGovern, D., Rossetto, T. and Todd, D. (2019). Tsunami Scour and Forces at Onshore Structures. Coastal Structures Conference 2019. Hannover 30 Sep 2019 - 02 Nov 2020 https://doi.org/10.18451/978-3-939230-64-9_051

Experimental observations of tsunami induced scour at onshore structures
McGovern, D, Todd, D, Rossetto, T, Whitehouse, RJS, Monaghan, J and Gomes, E (2019). Experimental observations of tsunami induced scour at onshore structures. Coastal Engineering. 152, p. 103505. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2019.103505

Pneumatic Long-Wave Generation of Tsunami-Length Waveforms and their Runup
McGovern, D, Robinson, T, Chandler, ID, Allsop, W and Rossetto, T (2018). Pneumatic Long-Wave Generation of Tsunami-Length Waveforms and their Runup. Coastal Engineering. 138, pp. 80-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2018.04.006

Tsunami Simulators in Physical Modelling – Concept to Practical Solutions
McGovern, D (2017). Tsunami Simulators in Physical Modelling – Concept to Practical Solutions. European Geophysical Union. Vienna 23 - 27 Apr 2017 London South Bank University.

Understanding wave generation in pneumatic tsunami simulators
McGovern, D (2016). Understanding wave generation in pneumatic tsunami simulators. 6th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science. Ottawa, Canada 10 - 13 May 2016 London South Bank University.

Experimental Study of the Runup of Tsunami Waves on a smooth Sloping Beach
McGovern, D (2016). Experimental Study of the Runup of Tsunami Waves on a smooth Sloping Beach. 6th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science. Ottowa, Canada 10 May - 13 Jul 2016

Experiments on Tsunami Impact with a Vertical Sea Wall
McGovern, D, Robinson, T and Rossetto, T (2016). Experiments on Tsunami Impact with a Vertical Sea Wall. 1st International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure. Chania, Greece 28 - 30 Jun 2016

Response of small sea ice floes in regular waves: A comparison of numerical and experimental results
Bai, W, Zhang, T and McGovern, D (2016). Response of small sea ice floes in regular waves: A comparison of numerical and experimental results. Ocean Engineering. 129, pp. 495-506. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.10.045

Closure to “Time Development of Scour around a Cylinder in Simulated Tidal Currents”
McGovern, D., Ilic, S., Folkard, A.M., McLelland, S.J. and Murphy, B.J. (2015). Closure to “Time Development of Scour around a Cylinder in Simulated Tidal Currents”. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. 141 (7). https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)hy.1943-7900.0001023

Experimental study on kinematics of sea ice floes in regular waves
McGovern, D and Bai, W (2014). Experimental study on kinematics of sea ice floes in regular waves. Cold Regions Science and Technology. 103, pp. 15-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.03.004

Experimental study of wave-driven impact of sea ice floes on a circular cylinder
McGovern, D and Bai, W (2014). Experimental study of wave-driven impact of sea ice floes on a circular cylinder. Cold Regions Science and Technology. 108, pp. 36-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.08.008

Time Development of Scour around a Cylinder in Simulated Tidal Currents
McGovern, D, Ilic, S, Folkard, AM, McLelland, SJ and Murphy, BJ (2014). Time Development of Scour around a Cylinder in Simulated Tidal Currents. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. 140 (6), pp. 04014014-04014014. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000857