Dr Michael O'Shea


Dr O'Shea is a Lecturer in Structural engineering  with over 15 years’ experience in the civil, structural and offshore sectors. Michael is a chartered engineer with a BEng and PhD from UCC as well as an MEngSc from University of Galway.  Prior to joining UCC, Michael practised as a consulting engineer and worked on a number of award winning projects including the ACEI winning Rossbeigh Cliff bypass, Port Botany Expansion in Australia and Egina FPSO located offshore of Nigeria.  

His research is focussed on structural health monitoring, dynamic structural analysis and offshore renewable energy. Since 2020, Michael has secured over €1million in research funding through a variety funding sources including SFI, GSI, SEAI, from the EC and the US DOE as well as Industry. Michaels current research projects includes the Horizon Europe WEDUSEA project and GSI funded GEOBim. Dr O'Shea is currently supervising PhD students in Structural health monitoring and Subsea superconductors. 

Research Interests

  • Coastal Infrastructural Monitoring and Analysis under extreme wave loading
  • Dynamic Offshore Structural Analysis including floating wind, subsea superconductors and lighthouses
  • Integration of BIM and structural health monitoring on heritage structures
  • Decarbonising remote operations with marine renewable energy
  • Modelling sediment dynamics in coastal and offshore environments


Selected Publications

O’Shea, M.; Murphy, J. Design of a BIM Integrated Structural Health Monitoring System for a Historic Offshore Lighthouse. Buildings 2020, 10, 131. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10070131

Noble, D.R.; O’Shea, M.; Judge, F.; Robles, E.; Martinez, R.; Khalid, F.; Thies, P.R.; Johanning, L.; Corlay, Y.; Gabl, R.; Davey, T.A.D.; Vejayan, N.; Murphy, J. Standardising Marine Renewable Energy Testing: Gap Analysis and Recommendations for Development of Standards. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9, 971. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9090971

M. Cullinane, F. Judge, M. O'Shea, K. Thandayutham, J. Murphy, Subsea superconductors: The future of offshore renewable energy transmission?,

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 156, 2022, 111943, ISSN 1364-0321,


O’Shea, M. and Murphy, J., 2013. Predicting and monitoring the evolution of a coastal barrier dune systempostbreaching. Journal of Coastal Research, 29(6A), 38–50. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

Mark Coughlan, Marco Guerrini, Shauna Creane, Michael O'Shea, Sophie L. Ward, Katrien J.J. Van Landeghem, Jimmy Murphy, Paul Doherty,

A new seabed mobility index for the Irish Sea: Modelling seabed shear stress and classifying sediment mobilisation to help predict erosion, deposition, and sediment distribution, Continental Shelf Research, Volume 229, 2021, 104574, ISSN 0278-4343, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2021.104574

Professional Activity

Engineers Ireland Chartership Review Panel

NSAI Committee member on Building Information Modelling

NSAI Committee member Ocean Energy

IEA Task 12 Ocean Energy Systems

Member IstructE

Reviewer Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Journal of Coastal Research and Energies

Teaching Activity

Module Co-ordination

  • CE1003: Introduction to Civil and Structural Engineering
  • CE2001: Solid and Structural Mechanics I
  • CE3002: Solid and Structural Mechanics III



Michael O'Shea

Contact Details:


Lecturer in Structural Engineering


B.Eng, M.EngSc, PhD, C.Eng

Research Area:

Marine Structures, BIM, SHM, Coastal Engineering, Marine Renewable Energy



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork