Dr Hwa Kian Chai

Senior Lecturer



+44(0)131 6507153


3.16 William Rankine

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Structural Engineering
Dr Hwa Kian Chai
Dr Hwa Kian Chai


I am a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at School of Engineering. I spent years working as researcher, civil engineer and university academic in Malaysia and Japan before joining Edinburgh. I have ammased good experience in research and application in the field of structures and materials, with specialisation in structural repair and retroffiting, cementitious materials development, condition assessment and non-destructive evaluation of structures. 

Academic Qualifications: 

BEng(Hons) in Civil Engieering (USM); MEngSc in Concrete Materials (Malaya); PhD in Civil Engineering (Osaka)

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Member of RILEM TC269 IAM
  • Member of Japan Society for Civil Engineers
  • Member of BEM


  • Detailed Design of Structures 3 CIVE09029 - Lecturer
  • Structural Design Philosophy 3 CIVE09033 - Course Organiser and Lecturer
  • Plastic Analysis of Frames and Slabs CIVE10003 - Course Organiser and Lecturer
  • Concrete Structures 4 CIVE10029 - Course Organiser and Lecturer

Research Interests: 

  • Acoustic emission testing and evaluation
  • Integrated stress wave methodologies for assessment of structures
  • Database modelling and analysis for structural risk assessment
  • Sustainable concrete materials development
  • Smart concrete development and production, including self sensing, self healing features etc.


  • Structural modelling, analysis and design
  • Concrete materials and structures testing and evaluation
  • Wave motion simulation
  • Stress wave sensing and instrumentation for structural condition assessment
  • Structures forensic engineering