Michael Burrow is a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering. He is the convenor of the Road Management and Engineering MSc Programme and leads the Senior Road Executives Programme.
Michael was recently invited by the Asian Development Bank to give a seminar on Road Asset Management at its HQ in Manila. As part of this he was interviewed by the ADB, via video, to answer a number of questions:
Dr Michael Burrow is a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham and obtained his MA in Engineering from Cambridge University in 1994, where he studied at Jesus College. After completing his first degree he joined the University of Birmingham to undertake a PhD in the School of Civil Engineering’s Highways Group. Since the completion of his PhD, Dr. Burrow has worked at the University of Birmingham on various highway and railway related asset management, maintenance and systems engineering projects.
His research interests are primarily focused on road and railway asset management and he was awarded the Telford Premium in 2005.
He is the convenor of the School of Civil Engineering’s Road Engineering MSc programme and is the leader of the Senior Road Executives Programme. The MSc programme has educated over 500 engineers since its inception educates approximately 25 postgraduate students every year and in the region of 500 since its inception. Roughly 75 % of the students come from overseas. He lectures in road asset management, supervises research projects and has also been heavily involved in developing computer based teaching and self learning resources.
Dr Burrow also has a number of external appointments including the Director of Highway Management Services Ltd (HMS), which provides highway maintenance management software and consultancy to road agencies worldwide and he leads the Infrastructure Pole of the European Railway Network of Excellence (EURNEX).
Road Asset Management
Railway Asset Management
Road and Railway Asset Management
1) Resilience of the UK transport network to the potential impact of climate change
Co-investigator FUTURENET Project
Scope: A consortium led by the University of Birmingham been awarded funding for this major four year, £1.5million, research project starting in June 2009 to examine how to make the UK’s transport systems resilient to climate change. This innovative project will identify what the UK’s transport system will look like in 2050 and investigate hclow to ensure that it will be able to cope with the effects of climate change.
To fully appreciate the impact of climate change on our transport systems it is important that we understand not just how it looks and is used now, but how that will change over the coming decades. So to assess the resilience of the transport network in 2050 it will be necessary to take into account the likely technology and infrastructure changes, as well as changes in climate and extreme weather events.
The project will attempt to answer questions such as: what will be the critical thresholds of extreme weather that cause disruption or accidents; how susceptible are different modes to extreme events; and what are the likely implications for maintenance and renewal costs?
2) Road Asset Management
a. PhD Project – Road deterioration modeling
b. PhD Project – Potential impacts of climate change on road drainage
3) Railway Asset Management
a. PhD Project – Railway maintenance standards
4) Railway Economics
a. PhD Project – Railway Investment Appraisal
5) Railway Maintenance
a. Fines migration