Prof Buick Davison

Buick Davison

Deputy Head of Department

Professor of Structural Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5354
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Room: E105




Prof Buick Davison is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined the academic staff in 1993 after a number of years in practice as a Structural Engineer where he gained first-hand experience in the design and construction of numerous projects including sports stadia, factories and multi-storey buildings. His research interests are in the behaviour of steel-framed structures, in particular the influence of connections on frame response, and sustainability issues in structural engineering. He has authored more than 120 refereed journal and conference papers and held research grants from the EU, EPSRC, Building Research Establishment, Steel Construction Institute and Corus.

Current research projects include:

  • Development of a component based model of the behaviour of steel beam-to column connections in fire
  • Steel connections subject to dynamic loading
  • Robustness of steelwork connections in multi-storey buildings at elevated temperatures
  • Structural Bolting Assemblies in Fire
  • Deconstruction of framed buildings
  • Retrofitting hard to treat homes

Activities and Distinctions

Prof Davison’s expertise is in steel design and he is co-editor of the Steel Designers’ Manual (6th and 7th editions). He was a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers steering group for the EC3-based steel deign handbook and has contributed to a number of steel design teaching initiatives (SSEDTA, NFATEC, EURING). His keen interest in the design of contemporary buildings led to the development of the dual accredited Structural Engineering and Architecture programme. He worked with Professor Bernard Johnston (a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor) to introduce a new Architectural Engineering Design programme which, recognising the impact of buildings on the environment, has key themes of the development of the skills required to implement integrated, environmentally sensitive designs and the use of leading-edge building simulation techniques. The ethos of the course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of fundamental principles, an appreciation and some experience of practical application and the inspiration to improve, to innovate and to be creative. He is a Director of the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, one of only four in the UK.


  • 2009-2012: "COMPFIRE Design of joints to composite columns for improved fire robustness" funded by EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel. Investigators: JB Davison, IW Burgess and Z Huang. Value: €220,000.
  • 2008-2011: "URSULA: Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas" funded by EPSRC. Investigators: DN Lerner, P Armsworth, S Connelly, P Bibby, S Molyneux-Hodgson, DM Romano, P Warren, L Maltby, S Sharples, JB Davison, JM Henneberry, RM Ashley, SN Lane, VR Stovin, JB Boxall, KJ Gaston, E Sharp and E Lange. Value: £2,584,763.
  • 2007-2010: "Response of Steel Beam-to-Column Connections to Dynamic Loading" funded by EPSRC. Investigators: A Tyas and JB Davison. Value: £344,601.
  • 2005-2008: "Robustness Of Joints In Steel-Framed Structures At High Temperatures" funded by EPSRC. Investigators: IW Burgess, R Plank and JB Davison. Value: £283,281.
  • 2002-2004: "Rapid construction of passenger interchanges" funded by DTLR. Investigator: JB Davison. Value: £134,428.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Edited books

  • Owens G & Davison J (Ed.) (2011) Steel Designers' Manual. Wiley-Blackwell. RIS download Bibtex download