Professor Richard Neilson

Professor Richard Neilson

National Decommissioning Centre Director

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Professor Richard Neilson
Professor Richard Neilson

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The University of Aberdeen National Decommissioning Centre, North Buliding

Biography

  • B.Sc. Honours degree, 1st class, in Mechanical Engineering from University of Dundee, 1981.
  • M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Dundee, 1983.
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Dundee, 1987.

External Memberships and Affiliations

Reviewer for the Journal of Sound and Vibration, ASME and the I Mech E Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.

Research

Research Overview

I have 31 years’ experience in engineering research and development within the University sector, during which I spent four years part-time industrial secondment to an oil services company.  Most of my research has involved the application of design and dynamic analysis to solving engineering problems.  Much of this has been in the context of oil and gas, subsea engineering and decommissioning.

I have led or had substantial involvement in 11 major joint industry/University projects and have initiated or led the development of 3 major industry focused research/knowledge exchange centres (the Scottish Sensor Systems Centre, the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and the most recently the NDC).  My main focus of research since 2008 has been in aspects of decommissioning and subsea engineering and I was one of the instigators of the MSc in Decommissioning run by the University.

Current Research

My main research is currently focussed on the next stage of the underwater laser cutting project, the design of a test facility for the qualification of novel barrier materials for well plugging and abandonment and sustainable decommissioning.

P&A Isolation Verification Study, funded by the Scottish Government Decommissioning Challenge Fund, £412,606, 21/01/19 - 31/03/19, (Principal Investigator)

Underwater Laser Cutting, funded by OGTC and Proserv, £412,606, 3/09/2018 - 2/11/2019, (Principal Investigator)

Integral Process Optimization for Sustainable Offshore-Structure Dismantling Yard Operation. Royal Academy of Engineering, £58,934, 1/4/2020 - 31/03/2022, (Joint grant holder with Prof E Pavlovskaia (PI), and Drs W Afzal and C Fernandez Martin)

Research Funding and Grants

Major Research Grants

Load Bearing Medium Voltage Cable Termination (Phases 1 -2(D)), Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and Technip Umbilicals Ltd, £160,013, 10/4/2017-31/3/2020, (Joint grant holder with Drs M Kartal (PI) and A Karadmios)

Transforming Systems through Partnership scheme, supporting a project on the sustainable dismantling of offshore structures, Royal Academy of Engineering, £27,651, 1/4/2018 - 28/02/19, (Joint grant holder with Prof E Pavlovskaia (PI), Dr D Vega-Maza and Dr E Krupp)

To develop the engineering application knowledge to deploy the patented 'DeepBuoy' pumpable buoyancy technology. Knowledge Transfer Partnership Directorate (Scottish Funding Council, Technology Strategy Board) and Aubin Ltd.£150,733, 1/3/2016-28/2/2018, (Principal investigator with Prof A Ivanovic).

Novel Underwater Cutting System (Phase 1A). ITF project, funded by BP, Shell and Conoco Philips, £104,937, 1/8/2012-31/8/2013. (Principal investigator).

Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (Subsea workstream). SFC funded project, £525,508, 1/4/2011-31/3/2014. (Principal Investigator)

Novel Underwater Cutting System (Phase 1). ITF project, funded by BP, Shell and Conoco Philips, £239,193, 2009-2011. (Principal investigator with Professor W F Deans).

Investigation of the Design of Anchorage Head and Bond Length for Assessing Multi-strand Anchorages EPSRC grant EP/E050301/1, £267,328, 2008-2011 (Joint grant holder with Dr A. Ivanovic (Principal))

Development of an apparatus and method for neuromuscular stimulation. NESTech, £135k, 2007-2009 (Principal grant holder with Dr M. Cardinale (of Biomedical Sciences and British Olympic Association))

DEGREE – Development of fishing gears with reduced effects on the environment EC FP6 €220k. (approx £155k). 2006-2009 (Joint grant holder with Dr A. Ivanovic. (Principal))

Design and Assessment of Condition of Soil Anchorages in a Dynamic Environment using the Centrifuge Modelling Technique EPSRC grant GR/S21335/01, £266,826, 2003-2006 (Joint grant holder with Professor A. A. Rodger (Principal), Drs A. Ivanovic and A. J. Starkey and Professor M. Davies (Dundee))

Shaft and Structure Borne Noise Induced By Inverter Fed Motors on Ships, SERC/MOD grant (GR/H75596) £ 142,437 1993-1996 (Joint grant holder with Mr. R. Yacamini (principal) and Professor R. G. White (Southampton University))

Fatigue Effects in Nonlinear Systems with Clearance SERC grant (GR/J 17685) £93,300 1993-1996 (Principal grant holder, with Professor A. D. S. Barr)

Chaos Concepts in Mechanical Systems with Clearance SERC grant (GR/F 29158) £51,057 1989-1992 (Principal grant holder, with Professor A. D. S. Barr)

Major Technology Transfer/Commercialisation Grants

Short KTP programme with Ziebel UK Ltd to “To transfer engineering knowledge to develop a new product.” TSB/ Ziebel UK Ltd, £39k, 2009–2010 (Principal grant holder)

KTP programme with Hydrafit Subsea UK Ltd to “To transfer engineering knowledge to develop a new product.” TSB/Hydrafit Subsea UK Ltd, £113k, 2008–2010 (Principal grant holder)

KTP programme with Plexus Ocean Systems to “Develop an extended hold friction grip system for securing oil and gas casing and tubulars in hostile sub sea conditions”. DTI/ Plexus Ocean Systems, £124k, 2006-2008 (Joint grant holder with Drs A. Akisanya (Principal) and W. F. Deans)

KTP programme with Pipeline Technique Ltd to “Develop a cost-effective novel orbital welding system and intelligent weld design tools.” DTI/ Pipeline Technique Ltd, £204k, 2004-2008 (Principal grant holder with Drs W. F. Deans and P. F. A. MacConnell.)

Proof of Concept grant to “Develop a Variable Buoyancy Device”. Scottish Enterprise, £197k, 2004-2006 (Joint grant holder with Dr P. Bagley (Principal) of Oceanlab)

Studentship to “Advance the understanding of the dynamics of anchorage systems and in particular the use of GRANIT in the assessment of anchorage condition”. AMEC Specialist Businesses, £18k, 2003-2004 (Principal grant holder, with Dr A Ivanovi? and Professor Rodger)

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

EG3522 Design of Mechancial Elements: Course coordinator and main contributor,  10 credit course, Level 3 BEng and MEng Mechanical Engineering Students.

EG40JM Dynamics 2, Course Coordinator and only contributor. 10-credit course, Level 4 MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering Students.

EG4010 Engineering Project (BEng), EG4511 Individual Project (MEng): Contributor - 45/60-credit project, typically 5-8 students per year.

Publications

Publications 

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  • Effects of different vibration frequencies, amplitudes and contraction levels on lower limb muscles during graded isometric contractions superimposed on whole body vibration stimulation

    Pujari, A. N., Neilson, R. D., Cardinale, M.

    Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, vol. 6

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • SMARTFISH: Selective management and retention of target fish FIS011B: FIS011 Developing and facilitating a range of possible future FIS projects in innovation in selectivity through on-net or alternative technologies

    Marshall, C., Wiff Onetto, R., Rosen, S., Neilson, R., Campos, R., Hwang, J., Fernandes, P.

    Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS). 67 pages

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

  • Upper limb vibration prototype with sports and rehabilitation applications: development, evaluation and preliminary study

    Pujari, A. N., Neilson, R. D., Aphale, S. S., Cardinale, M.

    Healthcare Technology Letters, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 44-49

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reliability of profiled blast wall structures

    Hedayati, M. H., Sriramula, S., Neilson, R. D.

    Numerical Methods for Reliability and Safety Assessment. Kadry, S., El Hami, A. (eds.). Springer, pp. 387-405, 19 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Linear dynamic reliability analysis of profiled blast wall structures

    Hedayati, M. H., Sriramula, S., Neilson, R. D.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Non-destructive testing of rock bolts for estimating total bolt length

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D.

    International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol. 64, pp. 36-43

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Non-linear dynamic reliability analysis of profiled blast walls

    Hedayati, M. H., Sriramula, S., Neilson, R. D.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Influence of object geometry on penetration into the seabed

    Ivanović, A., Neilson, R. D., Giuliani, G., Bransby, M. F.

    Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics II - Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics. Gourvenec, S., White, D. (eds.). CRC Press pp. 859-864, 6 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Monitoring of Fatigue Crack Stages in a High Carbon Steel Rotating Shaft Using Vibration

    Mohamed, A., Neilson, R. D., MacConnell, P. F. A., Renton, N. C., Deans, W. F.

    Procedia Engineering, vol. 10, no. -, pp. 130-135

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Modelling the physical impact of trawl components on the seabed and comparison with sea trials

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., O'Neill, F. G.

    Ocean Engineering, vol. 38, no. 7, pp. 925-933

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • An investigation of the drag induced on a tool in a granular medium

    Reid, D., Neilson, R., Ivanović, A.

    ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2010. pp. 845-851, 7 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Influence of an anchor head on detection of soil anchorage load

    Palop, K., Ivanović, A., Neilson, R. D., Brennan, A. J.

    Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010. Springman, S. (ed.). pp. 499-504, 6 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Influence of a roller clump on the seabed

    Ivanović, A., Neilson, R., Chima-Okereke, C., Zhu, J.

    Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering 2009, OMAE2009. ASME pp. 367-374, 8 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Design of a Robot and Test Procedure for the Dynamic Testing of Anchorages in a Geotechnical Centrifuge

    Hao, J., Neilson, R. D., Ivanovic, A., Li, J., Starkey, A. J., Rodger, A. A., Davies, M. C. R.

    Geotechnical Testing Journal, vol. 32, no. 4, GTJ102055

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Modelling of debonding along the fixed anchor length

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D.

    International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 699-707

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A novel vibration device for neuromuscular stimulation for sports and rehabilitation applications

    Pujari, A. N., Neilson, R. D., Cardinale, M.

    2009 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Press pp. 839-844, 6 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Influence of anchor head on dynamic response of anchorages

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D.

    Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering and Computational Mechanics, vol. 161, no. 1, pp. 27-34

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A Dynamic Model of the Deformation of a Diamond Mesh Cod-End of a Trawl Net

    O'Neill, F. G., Neilson, R. D.

    Journal of Applied Mechanics , vol. 75, no. 1, 011018

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Influence of Geometry and Material Properties on the Axial Vibration of a Rock Bolt

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D.

    International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 941-951

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Physical impact of a roller clump on the seabed

    Ivanovic, A., Zhu, J., Neilson, R., O'Neill, F.

    ASME 2008 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2008). New York: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS pp. 723-727, 5 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Common anchorage issues addressed by numerical modelling

    Lvanovic, A., Neilson, R., Starkey, A., Rodger, A.

    Institution of Civil Engineers - International Conference on Ground Anchorages and Anchored Structures in Service 2007. Littlejohn, S. (ed.). pp. 209-219, 11 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Non-destructive testing of deep mine anchorages

    Starkey, A., Neilson, R., Ivanović, A., Rodger, A.

    Institution of Civil Engineers - International Conference on Ground Anchorages and Anchored Structures in Service 2007. Littlejohn, S. (ed.). ICE Publishing pp. 220-230, 11 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Design and Dynamic Analysis of a Pneumatic Impulse Generating Device for the Non-destructive Testing of Ground Anchorages

    Neilson, R. D., Ivanovic, A., Starkey, A., Rodger, A. A.

    Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 2523-2545

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The quantification of the physical, environmental and ecological impact of towed demersal fishing gears

    O'Neill, F., Bresnan, E., Gubbins, M., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Robinson, L.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • A variable buoyancy system for deep ocean vehicles

    Worall, M. G., Jamieson, A. J., Holford, A. E., Neilson, R. D., Player, M. A., Bagley, P. M.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Model testing to assess a novel technique for condition monitoring of soil anchorages

    Hao, J., Neilson, R. D., Ivanovic, A., Rodger, A. A., Starkey, A. J., Li, J., Davies, M. C.

    Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 6th ICPMG'06 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Ng, C. (ed.). pp. 1429-1435, 7 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Experimental verification of Jeffcott rotor model with preloaded snubber ring

    Karpenko, E. V., Wiercigroch, M., Pavlovskaia, E. E., Neilson, R. D.

    Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol. 298, no. 4-5, pp. 907-917

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Theory and Experiment on Establishing the Stability Boundaries of a One Degree of Freedom System Under Two High Frequency Parametric Excitation Inputs

    Yatawara, R. J., Neilson, R. D., Barr, A. D. S.

    Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol. 297, no. 3-5, pp. 962-980

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Phase Shift Adjustment for Harmonic Balance Method Applied to Vibro-impact Systems

    Woo, K. C., Rodger, A. A., Neilson, R. D., Wiercigroch, M.

    Meccanica, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 269-282

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The development of a variable buoyancy system

    Worall, M. G., Bagley, P. M., Jamieson, A. J., Holford, A. E., Player, M. A., Neilson, R. D.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Non-linearities in Dynamic Simulations for Civil Engineering

    Neilson, R. D., Ivanovic, A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Quality Control in Rockbolt Installation

    Neilson, R. D., Ivanovic, A., Starkey, A., Rodger, A. A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Rock/Cable Bolt Integrity Testing using GRANIT - Recent Field Applications

    Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A., Ivanovic, A., Starkey, A., Jackson, B. H., Chappell, M., Ritson, A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • The influence of load on the frequency response of rock bolt anchorage

    Ivanovic, A., Starkey, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Advances in Engineering Software, vol. 34, no. 11-12, pp. 697-705

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Use of neural networks in the condition monitoring of ground anchorages

    Starkey, A., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Advances in Engineering Software, vol. 34, no. 11-12, pp. 753-761

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Condition Monitoring of Ground Anchorages by Dynamic Impulses: GRANIT system

    Starkey, A., Ivanovic, A., Rodger, A. A., Neilson, R. D.

    Meccanica, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 265-282

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Development of ai techniques for the condition monitoring of ground anchorages

    Starkey, A. J., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil and Structural Engineering, AICivil-Comp 2003. Topping, B. H. V. (ed.). CIVIL COMP PRESS.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Using a Lumped Parameter Dynamic Model of a Rock Bolt to Produce Training Data for a Neural Network for Diagnosis of Real Data

    Starkey, A., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Meccanica, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 131-142

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Experimental Verification of Piecewise Nonlinear Jeffcott Rotor Model with Preloaded Snubber Ring

    Karpenko, E. V., Wiercigroch, M., Neilson, R. D.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Ground Anchorage Testing System

    Rodger, A. A., Littlejohn, G. S., Neilson, R. D., Penman, J.

    Patents: Patents

  • Influence of Prestress on the Dynamic Response of Ground Anchorages

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, vol. 128, no. 3, pp. 237-249

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Investigation of the debonding at the proximal fixed end of ground anchorages

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Starkey, A., Rodger, A. A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Non-destructive testing of ground anchorages using the GRANIT® technique

    Starkey, A., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil and Structural Engineering. Topping, B., Kumar, B. (eds.). CIVIL COMP PRESS pp. 79-80, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Numerical modelling of ground anchorages employed in the field

    Ivanovic, A., Starkey, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing. Topping, B. (ed.). pp. 277-278, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Lumped parameter modelling of single-tendon ground anchorage systems

    Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING, vol. 149, no. 2, pp. 103-113

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Integrity testing of strand anchorages using the GRANIT™ technique

    Starkey, A., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A., Chappell, M., Ritson, A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Modelling of the Effect of an Impulse on a Ground Anchorage System

    Neilson, R. D., Ivanovic, A., Starkey, A., Rodger, A. A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • The Integrity testing of ground anchorages using GRANIT™

    Starkey, A., Ivanovic, A., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • Application of the harmonic balance method to ground moling machines operating in periodic regimes

    Woo, K. C., Rodger, A. A., Neilson, R. D., Wiercigroch, M.

    Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, vol. 11, no. 15, pp. 2515-2525

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The use of correlation dimension in condition monitoring of systems with clearance

    Craig, C., Neilson, R. D., Penman, J.

    Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol. 231, pp. 117

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Material removal rate prediction for ultrasonic drilling of hard materials using an impact oscillator approach

    Wiercigroch, M., Neilson, R. D., Player, M. A.

    Physics Letters A, vol. 259, no. 2, pp. 91-96

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Computer based model of vibro-impact driving

    Lok, H. P., Neilson, R. D., Rodger, A. A.

    17th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise. American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME) pp. 1563-1570, 8 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Load cell for dynamic measurement of cutting forces generated during ultrasonic drilling and milling of hard materials

    Wiercigroch, M., Neilson, R. D., Player, M. A.

    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part E, Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, vol. 212, no. 4, pp. 263-270

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Non-linear tower motions in waves

    Dimelow, D. J., Neilson, R. D., O'Donoghue, T.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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