Professor Mark Dyer

Mark Dyer

Dean of the School of Engineering

Qualifications: BEng BSc MA DPhil CEng FICE FAU MEngNZ

About Mark

Mark Dyer spent the first two decades of his professional career  working on construction projects in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. The projects ranged from tunnelling, deep foundation (Cementation Piling and Studio Geotecnico Italiano), flood defence (Humber Estuary), bioremediation of contaminated land (Rotterdam Botlek, Philips Zwolle, Tilburg, Napoli Siemens) and highways, waste management facilities comprising landfills, tailing dams, sewage treatment facilities (Acer Consulting, MRM Partnership).

Prior to his appointment as Dean of Engineering, he held Chair of Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (2004-2004) and McNamara Chair of Construction Innovation at Trinity College Dublin (2008-2019). In parallel, he held visiting research fellowships and professorships at Scoula Superiore Sant Anna (Pisa), University of Sienna, Italy; University of Kyushu, Japan; University of Karsetsat, Bangkok; Institute of Technology Surabya, Indonesia and TNO (The Netherlands). He received a Foresight Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship (2008).

Mark holds appointments to International Advisory Board of Pakistan Engineering Council (2020 onwards) and International Ecological Engineering Society (2017 onwards). He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of Academy of Urbanism (2011), Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (2011),  Member of Engineering NZ.

His research interests are broad encompassing people centred design, computational linguistics applied to large format public consultation, flood risk management, biologically treatment of polluted land and deposition of calcite cement for ground improvement. Most recently, his research efforts have focussed on employing Natural Language Processing tools to upscale public participation to co-develop urban renewal in terms of Soft and Hard Infrastructures along with transition towards a circular economy. Most recent research funded by NZ National Science Challenge for Better Built Homes Towns and Cities.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Research Projects

My research lies at the interface between people and the built environment particularly exploring tools and processes that enable communities to collaborate with public organisation for urban  infrastructures to be design based on user needs and values to improve both livelihood and livability. Over the past ten years the research has been funded by EU Horizon research program, COST, Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin City Council, Irish Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, New Zealand National Science Challenge for Better Built Homes, Towns and Cities. A list of some current research projects are listed below along with recent journal publications .

  1. Application of AI Tools for Computational Linguistics to interpret large format data sets from public participation into creating shared urban narratives to aid  collaborative design processes.
  2. Incorporation of indigenous cultural values in planning and design of engineering infrastructure with Maori Communities
  3. Integration of  technical and cultural knowledge to aid restoration of Tokomarua Bay Wharf
  4. Application of Universal Design principles to enable people centered design solutions for homes, towns and cities
  5. Convergence of public participation, participatory design and AI to co-develop Circular Economy.
  6. Exploring the role of Ecological Engineering to re-think Engineering Education

Journal Publications

  1. O Shea, E., Dyer M., 2022. Co-researched evaluations as generators of a universal design rating system for buildings (CDSO-2021-0279) Journal Disability & Society. (submitted for review)
  2. Weng M-H, Wu S., Dyer M. 2021. AI augmented approach to identify shared ideas from large format public consultation. Journal of Sustainability. 13(16):9310.
  3. Dyer M, Weng M-H, Wu S. 2021. Convergence of Public Participation, Participatory Design and NLP to Co-Develop Circular Economy", Journal of Circular Economy and Sustainability.
  4. Dyer M, Weng M-H, Wu S, Garcia Ferrari T, Dyer R. 2020. Urban narrative: computational linguistic interpretation of large format public participation for urban infrastructure. Urban Planning 5(4):
  5. Certomà C, Dyer M, Passani A. 2020. The City of Digital Social Innovators. Urban Planning 5(4):1-7. DOI:
  6. Dyer M, Viganotti M. 2020. Use of nebulisers to deliver cementation liquid in granular soils to form biogrout. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Ground Improvement 173(1):19-27.
  7. Dyer M, Dyer R, Weng M-H, Wu S, Grey T, Gleeson R, García Ferrari T. 2019. Framework for soft and hard city infrastructures. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning 172(6):219-227.
  8. Dyer M. 2019. STEAM without hot air: strategy for educating creative engineers. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education 24(2):74-85.
  9. Corsini, F., Certoma, C., and Dyer M. 2018. Participatory Energy. How research on smart city is addressing citizens’ contribute in energy production and consumption systems. Journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
  10. Ogmundardottir H and Dyer M. 2018. Ethnographic study of community participation in transition towards a fossil fuel economy at Vaxjo and Sonderborg. ICE Proc Energy.
  11. Certoma C., Dyer M. and Corsini F. 2017. Making urban design a public participatory goal: toward evidence-based urbanism. ICE  Proc Urban Design and Planning. Volume 170 Issue 4, pp. 173-186.
  12. Dyer M and Viganotti M. 2017. Eutrophic and Oligotrophic Treatment Protocols for MICP in Silicate and Carbonate Sands. Journal Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials. Volume 6 Issue 3, pp. 168-183.
  13. Dyer M, Grey T and Kinnane O. 2016. GiveMe Shelter: A People Centre Design Process for Promoting Independent Inquiry Led Learning in Engineering. European Journal Education in Engineering.
  14. O’Shea E., Dyer M., Pavia S., Craddock G., and Murphy N. 2016.  Evaluating the design of empathetic buildings: a review of universal design evaluation methods. Journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Volume:11 Issue:1 Pages:13-21
  15. Kinnane, O.P., Dyer, M., and Grey T. 2015. Energy and environmental forensic analysis of public buildings. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, Volume 167, Issue 4,
  16. Kinnane O, Dyer M, and Treacy C 2013. Analysis of thermal comfort and space heating strategy: Case study of an Irish public building. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Volume 22, 2013, Pages 271-280
  17. Viganotti M, Jackson R., Krahn, H., and Dyer MR. 2013. Geometric and frequency EMI sounding of estuarine earthen flood defence embankments using 1D inversion models for asset structural interpretation. Journal of Applied Geophysics
  18. Dyer, M.R., Glew N., and Viganotti M. 2012. The use of medical jet nebulisers to deliver bulk liquids in granular soils for engineering purposes: Droplet size measurements for unsaturated conditions. Geotechnique Letters. DOI (10.1680/geolett.12.00002)
  19. Kinnane, O.P., and Dyer, M. 2012. Energy quantification of the impact of significant thermal bridging: case study of HVAC demands due to a historic wall in an interior space. Smart and Healthy Buildings.
  20. Siddall E, Grey T and Dyer M, 2012. Indicators and stakeholder engagement: A Dublin case study.  ICE Proc on Engineering Sustainability.
  21. Sinnott, D. and Dyer, M. 2012 Air-tightness field data for dwellings in Ireland, Building and Environment, Vol 51. pp. 269-275
  22. Viganotti M, Jackson R and Dyer MR. 2012. Multi-frequency electromagnetic geophysics for the rapid risk assessment of earthen flood defence embankments. ICE Proceedings for Water Engineering.
  23. Siddall E and Dyer M, 2011 Design Persona Field Study of Low Carbon Living. ICE Proc on Engineering Sustainability Vol 164, pp 59-69
  24. Zielinski M., Sentenac P., McCloskey G., Dyer M. 2010, Desiccation cracking detection using resistivity arrays, ICE proceedings Ground Engineering. GE-D-10-00068
  25. Bangkedphol, S, Keenan H , Davidson H, Sakultantimetha A, Dyer MR , Songsasen A. 2009  Development and Application of an Analytical Method for the determination of Partition Coefficients of Tributyltin in the Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow, Scotland. Journal ASTM Int
  26. Dyer MR, Utili S, and Zielinski M 2009. Field study into fine desiccation fissuring at Thorngumbald. ICE Proc Water Management. Vol 167 Issue 3 pp 221-232
  27. Nerzantis, P and Dyer M. 2009. Transport of BTEX Vapours through Granular Soils with Different Moisture Contents in the Vadose Zone. Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering.
  28. Sakultantimetha A ,Keenan H, Dyer M, Beattie T , Bangkedphol S, Songsasen S. 2009. Isolation of TBT-degrading bacteria Citrobacter braakii and Enterobacter cloacae from butyltins polluted sediment. Journal ASTM
  29. Redaelli M and Dyer MR 2008, Discussion: A methodology for regional-scale flood risk assessment, ICE Proc Water Management WATER-D-08-00084.
  30. Keenan HE,  Sakultantimetha A, Bangkedphol S, Songsasen A and Dyer MR. 2007. The Ecological Complexity of the Thai:Laos Mekong River: Part 2, Metals and Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Monitoring, Modelling and Environmental Fate. Journal of Ecological Complexity.
  31. Udomchoke V, Sunthornranun P, Homchan U, Jiwapornkupt P, Lauhachinda N, Gaines AF, Booth PH, Keenan HE and Dyer MR. 2007. The Ecological Complexity of the Thai-Laos Mekong River: Part 1, Geomorphology, Climate and Water Quality. Journal of Ecological Complexity.
  32. Dyer M. 2006. Optical tests on the slow release of biogenic gas bubbles in sediments. Journal ASTM Int. May Vol 3(4), paper JAI13316.
  33. Dyer MR, Marnette E, Schuren C, van de Brink K and van Loon A, 2006 Full-scale stimulation of reductive dechlorination using the LINER technique. Journal of Engineering Geology Vol 85, pp 39-45.
  34. Keenan HE, Dyer M, Songsasen A, Bangkedphol S and Homchan U. 2006. Environmental monitoring of sediment pollution along the Thai: Laos Mekong. Journal ASTM Int. May Vol 3(7) Paper JAI13374..
  35. Dyer MR 2004. Performance of flood embankments in England and Wales. ICE Proc Water Management Vol 157. pp 177-186.
  36. Dyer MR 2004. The role of wettability in the distribution of hydrophobic contaminants in unsaturated coarse-grained soils. Geotechnique Discussion Note, Symposium in Print on Unsaturated Soil.
  37. Dyer MR 2003. Field investigation into biodegradation of TCE and BTEX at a former metal plating works. Journal of Engineering Geology Vol 70. pp 321-329.
  38. Dyer MR, van Heiningen E and Gerritse J. 2003. A field trial for in-situ bioremediation of 1,2-DCA. Journal of Engineering Geology, Vol 70, pp 315-320.
  39. Dyer MR, van Zutphen M, and Hetterschijt R 2001 Improved site characterisation of contaminated land using pump-and-treat data. Institution of Civil engineering Proceedings: Geotechnical Engineering Issue 3, pp 159-166. Paper No 11892.
  40. Dyer MR, van Heiningen E and Gerritse J 2000 In-situ bioremediation of 1,2-dichloroethane under anaerobic conditions. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol 18, pp 313-334.
  41. van Zutphen M, Hetterschijt R, Van De Velde AH, Weytingh KR and Dyer MR. 1998. Improved delineation of DNAPL contaminated sites: A case study in Tilburg, The Netherlands. IAHS-AISH Publication 181-184.

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Collaborative Urbanism, Participatory Design, Machine Learning for Computational Linguistics, Ecological Engineering, Circular Economy, Universal Design, Design of Homes for People Living with Dementia, Engineering with Maori Communities

Contact Details

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Room: FG.1.04
Phone: +64 7 837 9541