School of Civil Engineering

Mr Ian Pope

Research Scholar
Office: 49-535:35
Phone: +61 7 3346 1352

Ian is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Queensland, where he is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Safety Engineering. His main research interests are in the fire performance of engineered bamboo and timber buildings, and the conditions required for these structures to be designed safely. In addition to his doctoral research on the thermal response of laminated bamboo, he is involved in studies on the fire safety of timber, and the accuracy of thermocouple measurements in fire experiments. Ian has previously been involved in experimental and consultancy projects related to the performance of firefighters’ protective clothing, and the level of safety achieved by proposed fire safety 'Verification Method' design frameworks.

From – Sydney, Australia

Start of Studies – August 2016 (PhD)

SupervisorsProf. Jose Torero, Dr Cristian Maluk, and Dr Juan Hidalgo


  • B.Eng. - Civil Engineering - The University of Queensland, Australia (2015)

Teaching and Learning


The Thermal Response of Laminated Bamboo Under a Range of Incident Heat Fluxes

Ian's primary research project concerns the fire performance of bamboo structures. Despite its considerable strength and potential as a highly sustainable construction material, bamboo is currently restricted by a lack of understanding surrounding its performance under fire conditions, as well as significant gaps in the applicability of current standards to the design of bamboo structures. The aim of this research project is to measure the thermal properties and behaviour of laminated bamboo under a variety of fire conditions, and to determine the implications of this behaviour on design standards and predictive models.

Performance Based Testing of Fire Protective Clothes

Every year, thousands of firefighters around the world suffer burn injuries and heat exhaustion despite considerable efforts to develop adequate protective clothing in recent decades. Current testing standards for protective clothes do not adequately characterise the thermal environments that firefighters are likely to be exposed to under different operational scenarios, nor do they address the variables of thermal load or the interaction between moisture, the individual and the protective ensemble systematically. The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive methodology for performance based testing and selection of fire protective clothes that considers the thermal performance, breathability, and steam penetration resistance of individual fabrics and garment assemblies.