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About the Author
Dr Alan Richardson PhD, MSc, FCIOB, MInstCES, PGCEd. joined Northumbria University in 2005 as a senior lecturer with a research role. Current (2013) research projects cover areas of bacteria use in concrete to improve the durability qualities of concrete. Previous research has covered rubber crumb use in concrete from waste tyres to provide freeze/thaw protection and many fibre types of concrete reinforcement to create tough concrete materials. He has completed many research projects examining the reuse of construction waste in concrete for various physical properties. His current publications stand at over 70 including peer reviewed journals, books and conference papersPrior to working at Northumbria University he spent 23 years in Construction as a managing director and 9 years in further education teaching civil engineering. His experience comprises of a wide range of construction and civil engineering projects including shop fitting and remedial treatments. He was awarded a Fellowship of the CIOB for being the most successful company (Elliott Richardson Ltd.) and managing director in the British Isles operating the Building Employer's Confederation Quality assurance guarantee scheme between 1980 and 1992.