Prof. Aleksandar Pavic

Aleksandar PavicProfessor Aleksandar Pavic is a graduate (1988) of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia and worked as a bridge engineer and at his alma mater before coming to the UK in 1992. He was appointed a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, Department of Structural Engineering in January 1996 after spending just over two years as a doctoral student in the Department. This was followed by promotions to a Senior Lecturer in October 2002 and a Personal Chair in Vibration Engineering in March 2004. Two months later, in May 2004, he became a research professor following his award of a prestigious 5-year Advanced Research Fellowship funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to work on a novel Stochastic approach to human-structure dynamic interaction.

At the University of Exeter, Professor Pavic heads the Vibration Engineering Section which, after 20 years of highly successful academic operation, transferred from the University of Sheffield in May 2013. His research portfolio is focused on vibration performance of civil engineering structures. His particular expertise is in vibration serviceability of slender civil engineering structures, such as long-span floors, footbridges and grandstands, which are occupied and dynamically excited by humans. This portfolio is underpinned by advanced research tools such as vibration testing and system identification of as-built large civil engineering structures using full-scale modal testing and finite element model correlation and updating based on experimental measurements. This is a high-tech approach to structural vibration widely used in mechanical and aerospace engineering disciplines, parts of which have been adapted and transferred into civil engineering applications by Professor Pavic and his team. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications including more than 50 refereed journal papers.

Professor Pavic has edited two special issues of international journals devoted to vibration performance of civil engineering structures: a special issue on Vibration Serviceability published by ICE Proceedings Structures and Buildings (2006); and a special issue on Crowd Dynamic Loading of Assembly Structures published by Shock and Vibration (2007). His contribution has been recognised in three key recently published state-of-the-art design guidelines which are currently used in the UK and internationally when checking vibration serviceability of floors and footbridges. These were published by:

  • The Concrete Society (Technical Report 43, Appendix G: Vibration Serviceability of Post-Tensioned Concrete Floors) in 2005,
  • The Concrete Centre (A Design Guide for Footfall Induced Vibration of Structures) in 2007, and
  • The Steel Construction Institute (Design of Floors for Vibration: A New Approach) in 2007.

Professor Pavic has also co-authored and helped experimental verifictaion of the most advanced design guidelines in the world on crown dynamic loading of grandstands published by the UK Institution of Structural Engineers (2008). He sat on committees for the British Standards Institution (BS6472) and the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO10137) to develop standards pertinent to vibration serviceability.

Professor Pavic’s expertise is sought after by industry and he is Managing Director of Full Scale Dynamics Ltd, a university spin-off of comapny specialised in commercial testing, monitoring and performance assesement of full-sclae civil enngineering structures.

Activities and Distinctions

  • Appointed to the role of Faculty Director of Research and Information (FDRI) at the University of Sheffield in 2011, utilising his experience in Civil Engineering research and working with commercial partners to lead the Faculty’s R&I for over 250 academics. During his 16 months in the office, the Faculty’s research awards increased from £24m to £45m per annum.
  • Academic expert advising on vibration serviceability problems. Explicit acknowledgements of contribution given in the current floor/footbridge vibration serviceability guidelines published by the Concrete Society, Concrete Centre and the Steel Construction Institute.
  • Academic expert advising on the vibration serviceability problems. Explicit acknowledgements of contribution given in the current floor/footbridge vibration serviceability guidelines published by the Concrete Society, Concrete Centre and the Steel Construction Institute.
  • EPSRC College Member since 2006 and expert assessor of international standing for the Australian Research Council (ARC), South Africa’s National Research Foundation (SANRF) and Portuguese National Research Funding Agency (FCT).
  • Member of International Standardisation Organisation Working Group ISO/TC98/SC2/WG9 which updated ISO 10137 guidelines on serviceability of buildings against vibration in 2007.
  • Member of the national IStructE/ODPM/DCMS Working Group on the Dynamic Performance and Design of Stadia Structures and Seating Decks. Co-authored the current UK design guidance.
  • Media commentator on contemporary scientific issues related to the vibration of public structures, such as footbridges, floors and grandstands.


Selected Publications

  • Zivanovic S. and Pavic A. (2011) Quantification of dynamic excitation potential of pedestrian population crossing footbridges. Shock and Vibration, 18 (4), pp 563-577. ISSN 1070-9622.
  • Jones, C. A., Pavic, A., Reynolds, P. and Harrison, R.E. (2011). Verification of equivalent mass-spring-damper models for crowd-structure vibration response prediction. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering Structures, NRC Research Press. Vol. 38, No. 10, 1122-1135, ISSN 0141-0296.
  • Jones, C. A., Reynolds, P. and Pavic, A. (2011) Vibration serviceability of stadia structures subjected to crowd loads: Literature Review. Journal of Sound and Vibration, Academic Press. Vol. 330, No. 8, 1531-1566. ISSN 0022-460X.
  • Zivanovic, S, Pavic, A. and Ingolfsson, E. (2010). Modelling Spatially Unrestricted Pedestrian Traffic on Footbridges. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Vol. 136, No. 10. 1296-1308. American Society of Civil Engineers. ISSN 0733-9445.
  • Racic, V. and Pavic, A. (2009) Mathematical model to generate near-periodic human jumping force signals. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol. 24. 138-152. ISSN 0888-3270.
  • Racic, V and Pavic, A. (2009) Mathematical model to generate asymmetric pulses due to human jumping. ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 135, No. 10. 1206-1211. ISSN 0733-9399.
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  • 2013-2018: “Modelling complex and partially identified engineering problems- Application to the individualised multiscale simulation of the musculotskeletal system” funded by EPSRC Frontier Engineering call. Investigators: MJ Hounslow, EV McCloskey, D Lacroix, SA Billings, TM Skerry, V Kadirkamanathan, M Viceconti. Value: £4,859,494
  • 2009-2014: “Dynamic Performance of Large Civil Engineering Structures: An Integrated Approach to Management, Design and Assessment” funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Pavic, JMW Brownjohn, M Petkovski and P Reynolds. Value:£779,987.
  • 2007-2009: “Human walking and running forces: Novel experimental characterisation and application in civil engineering dynamics” funded by EPSRC. Investigators: JMW Brownjohn, A Pavic and P Reynolds. Value: £306,675.
  • 2006-2010: “Vibration behaviour of stadia structures under crowd dynamic loading using data from full-scale structures” funded by EPSRC and ARUP. Investigator: A Pavic. Value: £80,000.
  • 2005-2008: “Stochastic approach to human-structure dynamic interaction” funded by EPSRC. Investigator: A Pavic. Value: £271,462.
  • 2004-2009: “Advanced Fellowship: Stochastic approach to human-structure dynamic interaction” funded by EPSRC. Investigator: A Pavic. Value: £325,382.
  • 2004-2008: “Dynamic Behaviour of Stadia Under Human Occupation and Excitation” funded by EPSRC. Investigators: P Reynolds and A Pavic. Value: £323,318.
  • 2003-2007: “Investigation of the as-built vibration performance of system-built floors” funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Pavic, P Reynolds and P Waldron. Value: £278,681.
  • 2002: “Human-Engineering Interfaces: Development of a Vibro-Acoustic Research Facility in Sheffield” funded by HEFCE Science Research Investment Funding (SRIF) Initiative. Investigators: A Pavic. Value: £200,000.
  • 2001: “Capture and Analysis of Vibration Data from an Unfinished Laboratory Floor” funded by DETR and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. Investigators: A Pavic and P Reynolds. Value: £18,510.
  • 2001-2004: “Dynamic Crowd Loading on Flexible Stadium Structures” funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Pavic, P Waldron and P Reynolds. Value: £109,740.[/ezcol_1third_end]