Rob Harrison

Associate, Vibration Engineering lead UKIMEA and Europe

I am the Vibration Engineering lead for Arup in UKIMEA and Europe.  

I deliver design and consultancy to projects where minimising structural vibration is important such as healthcare and research facilities, where highly sensitive equipment is used, and buildings and structures where people’s perception of vibration is important. 

Recently I have been involved with the design of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development, a facility which will house sub-angstrom resolution electron microscopy and The Christie Proton Beam Therapy Centre, a building which is the first in the UK for this type of cancer treatment. For these low vibration environment buildings, every aspect of the design needs to be considered for vibration. 

I also work on stadiums such as the Donbass Area, where movement of the stands due to crowds jumping and dancing can cause concern to spectators. My doctoral research in this area and award-winning paper was used in the IStructE design guidance for permanent grandstands which is used for stadia around the world.   

To help our clients feel vibration and make design decisions, we can simulate a structure’s vibration environment using our Motion Platform.