Dr Mehran Eskandari Torbaghan BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Mehran Eskandari Torbaghan

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mehran Torbaghan is an enthusiastic Research Fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Risk Management and Renewable Energy from University of Birmingham.

 His research interests are predominantly focused on management of roads and other infrastructures.

Mehran has been engaged in supervising a number of PhD students.


PhD in Risk Based Approach for Importing Renewable Electricity, University of Birmingham, 2016

MSc (Distinction) in Construction Management, University of Birmingham, 2011 BSc in Civil Engineering, Uromieh University, Iran, 2005


Dr Mehran Eskandari qualified with a BSc in Civil Engineering from Uromieh University in Iran. He then joined construction industry and worked in geotechnical engineering projects for nearly five years. Mehran studied Construction Management at the University of Birmingham and was graduated with a Distinction. He went on to study for a PhD in Risk Management and Renewable Energy.

During his PhD study, he was engaged in numbers of research projects on road managing and railway engineering. He was also involved in different teaching activities, including Road Management Programme. His role as a research fellow was started with Assessing the Underworld Project looking into interaction of buried utilities and roads, before moving to Self-Repairing Cities project where he investigates applications of robots and drones in monitoring and repairing city infrastructure.

Postgraduate supervision

Current and Previous Postgraduate Supervision

  • Risk Assessment and Drainage Systems, Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Risk Assessment and Railway Engineering, Fault-Tree Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Risk Assessment and Urban Transport, Monte Carlo Simulation


Research Interests

•    Road Asset Management
•    Railway Asset Management
•    Road Condition Assessment and Monitoring
•    Road Repair Strategy

Research Activity

1) Assessing the Underworld (ATU) Project

A Multi-million pound, multi-institution project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).The aim of ATU was to prove the concept of a single integrated assessment and modelling framework, using a range of different techniques to assess the three interdependent infrastructures that exist in urban streets: surface transport infrastructure (roads); buried utility infrastructures (pipes and cables); and the geotechnical infrastructure (the ground).
Mehran key role was to develop an understanding of how roads deteriorate taking in to the account interactions with buried utilities, how such a deterioration is determined in the field, particularly via non-destructive/non-intrusive methods.  

2) Self-Repairing Cities Project

A £4.2m project funded by EPSRC, which aims to develop and use advanced Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) technology in street infrastructure maintenance to rebalance the energy, resource and risk.
It is led by the University of Leads with collaboration from the Universities of Birmingham, Southampton and UCL.
Mehran is engaged in investigating robots and drones ability to autonomously inspect, diagnose, repair and prevent road defects, e.g. potholes. He also investigates other applications of RASs in infrastructure monitoring and repair including in pipe networks.


Eskandari Torbaghan, M., M.P.N. Burrow, D.V.L. Hunt and M. Elcheikh (2017) Risk-Based Framework (RBF) for a UK Pan-European Supergrid. Energy 124 124-132.

Eskandari Torbaghan, M., M.P.N. Burrow and D.V.L. Hunt (2015) Risk assessment for a UK Pan-European Supergrid. International Journal of Energy Research 39 (11): 1564–1578.

Eskandari Torbaghan, M., D.V.L. Hunt and M. Burrow (2014) Supergrid: projecting interconnection capacities for the UK. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability 167 (6): 249-263.

Eskandari Torbaghan, M., D. Hunt and M. Burrow (2013) "Projecting the UK’s Future Electricity Supply Mix: A Tool for Generating Sustainable Future Energy Scenarios" In 3rd World Sustainability Forum. Electronic Conference: Sciforum.

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