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Thomas Blanksvärd
Thomas Blanksvärd

Thomas Blanksvärd

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Structural Engineering
Structural and Fire Engineering
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

Personal description

Doctoral thesis in 2009 on the subject of strengthening concrete structures with the use of fibre reinforced polymer systems (FRP) and mineral based bonding agents. After my PhD studies I worked as a product manager for surface protection, repair and upgrading of concrete and floor screeds at Sto Scandavia. Thereafter I returned to academia in late 2011 and part time run my own consultant company all with the focus on structural health monitoring, assessment, repair and upgrading of existing structures. Since 2013 I work as a project manager at Skanska Sverige with projects spanning from R&D projects to assessment, surface protection, repair and upgrading of existing structures.

Research interests

  • Intelligent systems for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
  • Advanced assessment and modelling of existing structures
  • Systems for repair and upgrading the capacity of existing structures
  • Innovative materials such as fibre reinforced polymer, high performance cementitious products
  • Durability and sustainability of existing structures

Professional expertise

  • Design of concrete structures
  • Project management
  • Monitoring techniques
  • Non Destructive Testing
  • Full scale tests and assessment of existing structures
  • Innovative materials for construction

Activities and projects

http://www.sustainablebridges.net/

http://www.mainline-project.eu/

http://www.hlrc.se/sv/Projekt/Aktiva/Increased-axle-loads-on-railway-bridges/

http://www.in2rail.eu/

Membership in professional organisations

  • SIS (Swedish Standards Institute), TK556 – Revision of Eurocode 2
  • SIS (Swedish Standards Institute), TK192 – Revision of SS-EN1504 series (surface protection and repair of concrete)
  • Rilem DUC 234

Publications

Article, review/survey

Asset Management of Existing Concrete Bridges Using Digital Twins and BIM: a State-of-the-Art Literature Review (2022)

Saback de Freitas Bello. V, Popescu. C, Blanksvärd. T, Täljsten. B
Part of: Nordic Concrete Research
Conference paper

Crack monitoring by fibre optics and image correlation: a pilot study (2022)

Saback. V, Mirzazade. A, Gonzalez. J, Blanksvärd. T, Popescu. C, Täljsten. B, et al.
Part of: IABSE Symposium Prague, 2022: Challenges for Existing and Oncoming Structures, Report, s. 437-444, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, 2022, O-048
Conference paper

Framework for Bridge Management Systems (BMS) Using Digital Twins (2022)

Saback de Freitas Bello. V, Popescu. C, Blanksvärd. T, Täljsten. B
Part of: Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the European Association on Quality Control of Bridges and Structures, s. 687-694, Springer, 2022
Conference paper

Application of close range photogrammetry in structural health monitoring by processing generated point cloud datasets (2021)

Mirzazade. A, Popescu. C, Blanksvärd. T, Täljsten. B
Part of: IABSE Congress Ghent 2021, Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs, s. 450-458, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 2021
Article, review/survey

Biochar-Added Cementitious Materials—A Review on Mechanical, Thermal, and Environmental Properties (2021)

Mensah. R, Shanmugam. V, Narayanan. S, Razavi. S, Ulfberg. A, Blanksvärd. T, et al.
Part of: Sustainability