A Titan Passes

Winter 2013

Global concrete Segmental Paving Industry Mourns the Loss of Dr. Brian Shackel


A Titan Passes

Dr. Brian Shackel, professor, consultant, and friend to many in the interlocking concrete pavement industry, lost his battle with cancer on November 18, 2012, at age 71.

shackel4Dr. Shackel graduated from the University of Sheffield, England, in 1962 and joined the Department of Main Roads, New South Wales, Australia. He was appointed Shire Engineer to Central Darling Shire in New South Wales, Australia, in 1964. In 1966, he accepted a teaching fellowship at the University of New South Wales where he earned a masters and a doctorate in civil engineering.

He later moved to South Africa and joined the National Institute for Transport and Road Research as the Senior Research Officer from 1978 to 1981. Dr. Shackel returned to the University of New South Wales Department of Geotechnical Engineering from 1989 to 1993, and subsequently served as Director of the Munro Centre for Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Shackel held the position of visiting professor at numerous acclaimed universities around the world, including the School of Civil Engineering at Tokyo University and the Technical Universities of Delft, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Nihon University, Japan. He published over 100 research papers on mechanics and pavement engineering, of which more than 60 are on interlocking concrete pavement. His 1990 book, The Design and Construction of Interlocking Concrete Block Pavements, was translated into several languages and remains one of the most acknowledged resources on the subject.

He is also the author of the Lockpave software program for design and specification of interlocking concrete pavement used by several industry associations worldwide, including the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. He was a member of the Small Element Pavement Technologists since its inception in 1988.

Dr. Shackel taught pavement engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, at the undergraduate and postgraduate level for more than 35 years. He travelled extensively and lectured in 24 countries worldwide. In addition to his theoretical work, Dr. Shackel conducted leading-edge experimental studies in pavement engineering, including accelerated trafficking tests of more than 200 full-scale pavements.

Having consulted on numerous projects around the world, Dr. Shackel is remembered for his work on heavy-duty pavements, such as ports, industrial pavements, and airport pavements. Above all, he was passionate and dedicated to communicating new technologies and designs.

Dr. Brian Shackel’s work influenced industry associations around the world, including the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

His contributions have been great. He will be sorely missed as a friend to, and advocate for the industry.