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Professor Martin Crapper


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Throughout my career as a consultant engineer in industry, then an academic, I have sought to deploy Civil Engineering thinking to make the world a better place.

In my most recent research, I have sought to understand our Civil Engineering heritage, using modern thought and techniques to interpret the achievements of the past, and communicate their continuing value, both practically and inspirationally, over succeeding generations.

I was a leader of the interdisciplinary project Engineering the Byzantine Water Supply, examining the construction and operation of the aqueducts supplying the Roman city of Constantinople, which was the longest water supply system in the ancient world and I was Northumbria's Principal Investigator on the follow-up project Water in Istanbul: Rising to the Challenge. I have collaborated with engineering modelling of the water supply and drainage of Pompeii, as well as investigating the hydraulic performance of Roman water pipes excavated from Corbridge.

My latest project is entitled Life Stories of Infrastructure, and is an interdiscplinary study examining how the use and loading of infrastructure, and stakeholders' attitudes to it, changes over its long life and how we might better understand this process to help us design future infrastructure to last longer, saving carbon and cost.

When not working I fire steam engines on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, I build and operate model trains and boats, and I am a fan of Yorkshire and England cricket.

Martin Crapper

Campus Address

303c Wynne Jones Building

Civil engineering hydraulics; civil engineering infrastructure assets; the longevity and value of civil engineering infrastructure

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  • Ground-Penetrating Radar Application for ‘Water in İstanbul’ Project, Özkan-Aygün, Ç., İmren, C., Karadöller, B., Vandeput, L., Crow, J., Bordoni, S., Crapper, M., Monteleone, M. 21 Feb 2024, Recent Research on Geotechnical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Geophysics and Earthquake Seismology - Proceedings of the 2nd MedGU, Marrakesh 2022 Volume 3, Cham, Switzerland, Springer
  • The discharge of the pipelines supplying public fountains in Roman Pompeii, Monteleone, M., Crapper, M., Motta, D. 1 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • Hydraulic engineering analysis of Roman water infrastructure: a review of practice and possibilities, Crapper, M., Motta, D., Keenan-Jones, D., Monteleone, M. 1 Apr 2022, In: Water History
  • The hydraulic characteristics of Roman lead water pipes: an experimental investigation, Crapper, M., Motta, D., Sinclair, C., Cole, D., Monteleone, M., Cosheril, A., Tree, J., Parkin, A. 2022, In: International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
  • Laboratory Investigation of Geobag Revetment Performance in Rivers, Khajenoori, L., Wright, G., Crapper, M. 22 Jul 2021, In: Geosciences (Switzerland)
  • The supply of the public lacus of Pompeii, estimated from the discharge of their overflow channels, Monteleone, M., Crapper, M., Motta, D. 1 Jul 2021, In: Water History
  • Evaluating the performance of geobag revetments in rivers, Khajenoori, L., Wright, G., Crapper, M. 2020, River Flow 2020, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Self-propelled nanofluids: a coolant inspired from nature with enhanced thermal transport properties, El Hasadi, Y., Crapper, M. 1 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Molecular Liquids
  • The Valens Aqueduct of Constantinople: Hydrology and Hydraulics, Crapper, M. 1 Dec 2020, In: Water History
  • Using the byzantine water supply of Constantinople to examine modern concepts of sustainability, Ward, K., Smith, S., Crapper, M. 3 Dec 2020, Sustainable Water Engineering, Elsevier

  • Getachew Mamo Quantitative methodology for downstream impact evaluation and dam operation optimisation: the case of the TAMS hydropower project in Ethiopia Start Date: 11/04/2024 End Date: 17/07/2024
  • Olufemi Omitade Energy Generation from Domestic Waste. (A Nigeria Case Study) Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 08/07/2021
  • Olufemi Omitade Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 26/02/2021
  • Abibat Adedigba Towards Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Nigerian Cities Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • M. C. Monteleone An Hydraulic Engineering Analysis of the Public Lacus Fountains in Roman Pompeii Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 25/11/2022

I was member of the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) from December 2018 to October 2021.

I served on the Fellowship Panel of the ICE from 2011 to 2019.

I serve on the Academic Panel of the Permanent Way Institution (PWI).

I am a Reviewer, carrying out Chartered Professional Reviews, for both the ICE and the PWI.

I am an End-Point Assessor for the University of Birmingham's Railway Systems Engineering and Integration Level 7 Apprenticeship.

  • Diploma March 06 2019
  • PhD July 01 1996
  • Chartered Engineer CEng
  • Chartered Permanent Way Engineer
  • Chartered Water and Environmental Manager CWEM
  • Fellow in the Institution of Civil Engineers FICE
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Managers MCIWEM
  • Member of the Permanent Way Institution MPWI

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