Josh Woods

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Office: Ellis - 211

Queen's University
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-6835
Fax: (613) 533-2128
joshua.woods@queensu.ca

Professor Woods joined as an Assistant Professor and researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s University in January 2020.

Professor Woods graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in 2008 from Carleton University. After graduation he spent a short time working in industry and returned to Carleton to pursue a Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. David Lau, which focused on the application of externally bonded CFRP sheets to improve the seismic performance of deficient reinforced concrete shear wall buildings.

After completing his Master’s degree, Professor Woods stayed at Carleton University to complete his PhD, where he contributed to the establishment of the CFI funded Multi-Hazard Research and Testing Facility with his Doctoral supervisors Dr. David Lau and Dr. Jeffrey Erochko.  During his PhD work, Professor Woods had the opportunity to take part in a research exchange at the National Centre for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taiwan. Professor Woods’ doctoral work focused on the application of hybrid simulation, an innovative experimental test method, to study the realistic seismic response of reinforced concrete shear wall buildings. For his contributions as a PhD student at Carleton University, Professor Woods was awarded the University Medal.

Upon completion of his PhD degree, Professor Woods spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Polytechnique Montreal working on advanced applications of hybrid simulation in earthquake engineering under the supervision of Dr. Robert Tremblay and Dr. Najib Bouaanani.

Professor Woods’ research can be broadly categorized into three primary areas of specialization:

(1)    The use of high-performance materials and structural systems for seismic resilience;

(2)    Large-scale experimental testing and the development of advance test methods (e.g. hybrid simulation) for full-scale civil structures; and

(3)    The application of advanced sensors for structural monitoring and condition assessment of structures. 

Education

2014 – 2018

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering. Carleton University. Thesis: Advanced in Retrofit and Testing of Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls: Part1 – Seismic Retrofit of Deficient Walls with Fibre-reinforced Polymer Sheets Part 2 – Building Scale Performance Evaluation using Hybrid Simulation (Awarded University Medal) Supervisors: Dr. David Lau and Dr. Jeffrey Erochko

2012 – 2014

Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) in Civil Engineering. Carleton University. Thesis: Seismic Retrofit of Deficient Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls using Fibre-reinforced Polymer Sheets: Experimental Study and Tube Anchor Design. Supervisor: Dr. David Lau

2008 – 2012

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Civil Engineering. Carleton University.

                       

Honours & Awards

2019

University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work - Doctoral

2018

NSERC Taiwan Foreign Study Supplement

2018

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Scholarship

2018

Best Student Paper Award, IFireSS, Naples, Italy. (Nicoletta, B. Woods, J. Gales, J. and Fam, A. 2017 Performance of GFRP stay-in-place formwork for bridge decks after real and simulated fire damage)

2015

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS-D)

2015

Civil Engineering TA Excellence Award

 

Professional & Academic Experience

2018 – 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow (NSERC PDF) Polytechinque Montreal.
Project: Advanced Applications of Hybrid Simulation in Earthquake Engineering. Supervisors: Dr. Robert Tremblay and Dr. Najib Bouaanani

2018

Sessional Lecturer. Department of Infrastructure Protection and International Security (IPIS). Carleton University. Course: Engineering Refresher

2017

Sessional Lecturer. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Carleton University. Course: Engineering Mechanics (ECOR 1101)

2016

Sessional Lecturer. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Carleton University. Course: Engineering Mechanics (ECOR 1101)

2011/2012

Structural Engineering Intern. Varcon Inc. Consulting Engineers

 

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

Professor Woods’ research can be broadly categorized into three primary areas of specialization: (1) the use of high-performance materials and structural systems for seismic resilience, (2) large-scale experimental testing and the development of advance test methods (e.g. hybrid simulation) for full-scale civil structures, and (3) the application of advanced sensors for structural monitoring and condition assessment of structures.  The goals of this research are to ensure that we have safe, resilient, and smart infrastructure today and for the future.

High-Performance Materials and Structural Systems

Research in this area includes the use of high-performance materials and structural systems to improve the seismic performance and resilience of new and existing structures. For existing structures, this includes the use of externally bonded carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets to retrofit existing deficient or damaged reinforced concrete structures. In new construction, combined heavy-timber steel structural systems are a sustainable alternative to conventional steel and concrete structures and have the potential to reduce the global effects of climate change.

Advanced Large-scale Experimental Testing

Dr. Woods works closely in collaboration with colleagues at Queen’s University and other institutions in Canada (e.g. Carleton University in Ottawa and Polytechnique Montreal) to better understand the system-level performance of large-scale civil structures using an advanced experimental test method known as hybrid simulation. Large-scale experiments are conducted using the structures laboratory at Main Campus as well as the unique Buried Infrastructure laboratory at West Campus.

Structural Health Monitoring and Condition Assessment

In all of his research projects, Dr. Woods employs advanced sensors to better understand the behaviour of structural components or systems, including the use of distributed fibre optic sensors to measure strain distributions and the use of digital image correlation to measure two-dimensional strain and displacement fields over the surface of a structural component. These advanced technologies have great potential to be applied to monitoring the long-term performance of civil engineering structures as well as assess their condition following an extreme event.

Ongoing and Potential Projects

Please feel free to contact Dr. Woods (joshua.woods@queensu.ca) about potential projects in each area of research.

See Google Scholar for an up-to-date list of publications, select publications are shown below:

Nicoletta, B., Woods, J., Gales, J. and Fam, A. (2019). Postfire Performance of GFRP Stay-in-Place Formwork for Concrete Bridge Decks. Journal of Composites for Construction, 23(3).  (Link)

Gohlich, R., Erochko, J. and Woods, J. (2017). Experimental Testing and Numerical Modelling of a Heavy Timber Moment-Resisting Frame with Ductile Steel Links. Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 47(6): 1460-1477. (Link)

Lau, D. and Woods, J. (2017). Concentric Tube Anchor System for FRP Retrofit of RC Structural Walls under Extreme Loads. International Journal of Protective Structures, 9(1). (Link)

Woods, J., Lau, D., Bao, X., and Li, W. (2017). Measuring Strain Fields in FRP Strengthened RC Shear Walls using a Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors. Engineering Structures, 152: 359-369. (Link)

Woods, J., Lau, D. and Cruz-Noguez, C. (2016). In-plane Seismic Strengthening of Nonductile Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls using Externally Bonded CFRP Sheets. Journal of Composites for Construction, 20(6). (Link)

Please feel free to contact Dr. Woods (joshua.woods@queensu.ca) about potential projects if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies at Queen’s University!