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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daniel Looi Ting Wee

Associate Professor
BEng (Hons) (UM, Malaysia) PhD and Postdoctoral Fellow (HKU, Hong Kong)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 901
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E207
Email: dlooi@swinburne.edu.my
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Dr Daniel LOOI is Associate Professor, the immediate past Discipline Leader for the civil engineering programme at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus, Malaysia. Daniel is a chartered professional engineer (structural) of Engineers Australia and a code drafter. He is a working group (WG) member for the Malaysian national code development in EC8-1 (Seismic actions for buildings) and EC1-1-6 (Actions during execution). He is currently chairing the WG for the Malaysian EC2-4: Design of fastenings for use in concrete. He is the nationally elected 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 committee member in the Civil and Structural Technical Division at IEM. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Malaya and his PhD in structural engineering from The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Daniel has published research works in seismic engineering, concrete structures, modular buildings, and fastening technologies. He is the recipient of the HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Researcher/Engineer in 2015. In his earlier career, Daniel worked as a structural application engineer in a multinational company, specialised in structural analysis and design computation for buildings and plants.

Research Interests

  • Seismic engineering
  • Concrete structures
  • Modular buildings
  • Fastening technologies

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Professional Engineer (Structural), Engineers Australia.

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the areas listed above. Please e-mail dlooi@swinburne.edu.my for more information.

Research Grants

External Grant: Ministry of Education Malaysia FRGS/2021
Title of Project: Artificial Intelligence Prediction Model for Smart Module Planning in Modular Construction for temporary COVID-19 Pandemic Quarantine Hospital and permanent Residential Building.

External Grant: Public Works Department Sarawak Malaysia, JKRS/2020
Title of project: Rationalization of the Conformity and Identity Testing under Section D: Concrete Works Part 1 to 4 in JKR’s Standard Specifications for Building Works 2020.

External Grant: HILTI Malaysia/2019
Title of project: State-of-the-art Guide for Post-installed Rebar.

Internal Grant: Swinburne Sarawak Researcher Fund for HDR Supervision/2019
Title of project: A Study of Robustness of Modular Building.


  • Swinburne Sarawak Research Success Award 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • The Best Paper Award at 15TH International Conference on Concrete Engineering and Technology, CONCET 2022, Dec 06-07, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the paper entitled “A simplified design solution for shear capacity of post-installed anchors encompassing all failure modes in EC2-4 (2018)”.
  • The Best Paper Award at 2ND International Conference on Recent Trends in Construction Materials and Structures, ICON 2021, Nov 25-26, VIT Vellore, India, with the paper entitled “Unifying strut and tie models at micro and macro scale level in concrete-to-concrete connections”.
  • Teaching and Learning Grant 2021 “An innovative web-based academic-industry inclusion platform for regional seismic engineering education”
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018, Civil Engineering Department, The University of Hong Kong.
  • The Best Presenter Award “Structural Health Monitoring & Seismic Engineering” at 14TH CONCET 2018, Aug 07-10, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Paper entitled “Seismic axial collapse of short shear span RC shear walls above transfer structure”.
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2016/17, Civil Engineering Department, The University of Hong Kong.
  • The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Researcher/Engineer 2015. Paper entitled “A unified shear stress limit for reinforced concrete beam design”.



  1. Looi, D.T.W.; Su, R.K.L. and Gad, E. (2023). “A State-of-the-art Guide for Post-installed Reinforcements”, Sunway University Press, Malaysia, ISBN 978-967-5492-74-7 (Hardback) 978-967-5492-75-4 (E-Book)
  2. Su, R.K.L.; Looi, D.T.W. and Zhang, Y.L. (2021). “Guide for Design, Installation and Assessment of Post-installed Reinforcements”, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, ISBN 978-988-8528-60-8.

Selected refereed indexed journal papers:

  1. Shan, Z.W.; Su, R.K.L.; Looi, D.T.W.; Chen, L.J. (2023). “A review of direct fastening steel jacket for strengthening reinforced concrete columns”, Advanced Steel Construction, 19(4), 383-388. http://dx.doi.org/10.18057/IJASC.2023.19.4.7
  2. Lim, R.Z.C.; Looi, D.T.W.; M.T. Chen; H.H. Tsang and Wilson, J.L. (2023). “A Component-based Macro-mechanical Model for Inter-module Connections in Steel Volumetric Buildings”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2023.107954
  3. Wang, J.; Zhang, Y and Looi, D.T.W. (2023). “Analytical H∞ and H2 optimization for negative-stiffness inerter-based systems”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2023.108261
  4. Wang, J.; Xiang, Y.; Li, Z.Y and Looi, D.T.W. (2022). “Lateral dynamics of a monopile partially embedded in layered saturated soil with radial disturbance”, Ocean Engineering, 266(3). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2022.113010
  5. Lim, R.Z.C.; Looi, D.T.W.; H.H. Tsang and Wilson, J.L. (2022). “A Preliminary Design Tool for Volumetric Buildings”, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, 31(13).  https://doi.org/10.1002/tal.1946
  6. Mehair, Y.; Looi, D.T.W.; Lam, N.T.K. and Wilson, J.L. (2022). “Seismic Response Modification Factors for buildings featuring a gravity transfer system by Incremental Dynamic Analyses”, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 26(14). https://doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2021.1964644
  7. Looi, D.T.W.; H.H. Tsang and Lam, N.T.K. (2021). “Developing Earthquake Resistant Structural Design Standard for Malaysia Based on Eurocode 8: Challenges and Recommendations”, Standards, 2(1), 134-153. https://doi.org/10.3390/standards1020012
  8. Shan, Z.W.; Looi, D.T.W. and Su, R.K.L. (2021). “Confinement model for RC columns strengthened with direct-fastened steel plates”, Steel and Composite Structures, 39(4), 367-381. http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/scs.2021.39.4.367
  9. Cheng, B.; Cai, Y. and Looi, D.T.W. (2021). “Experiment and numerical study of a new bolted steel plate horizontal joints for precast concrete shear wall structures”, Structures, 32, 760-777. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2021.03.043
  10. Liu, Q.F.; Looi, D.T.W.; Chen, H.H.N.; Tang, C. and Su, R.K.L. (2020). “Framework to optimise two-dimensional measurements with DIC for concrete structures at different scales”, Structures, 28, 93-105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2020.08.056
  11. Shan, Z.W.; Looi, D.T.W. and Su, R.K.L. (2020). “A novel seismic strengthening method of RC columns confined by direct fastening steel plates”, Engineering Structures, 218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.110838
  12. Shan, Z.W.; Looi, D.T.W.; Cheng, B and Su, R.K.L. (2020). “Simplified seismic axial collapse capacity prediction model for moderately compressed RC shear walls adjacent to transfer structure in tall buildings”, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, 29(12). https://doi.org/10.1002/tal.1752.
  13. Looi, D.T.W.; Lee, A.Y.F.; Su, R.K.L. and Zhang, Y.L. (2020). “Design and Installation of Post-Installed Reinforcement: A state-of-the-art review”, HKIE Transactions, 27(2). https://doi.org/10.1080/1023697X.2020.1740110
  14. Looi, D.T.W. and Su, R.K.L. (2020). “Seismic axial collapse of shear damaged heavily reinforced shear walls experiencing cyclic tension-compression excursions: A Modified Mohr’s Axial Capacity Model”, Journal of Earthquake Engineering. 24(10), pp. 1602-1623. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2018.1475314
  15. Shan, S.; Looi, D.T.W.; Cai, Y.; Ma, P.; Chen, M.T.; Su, R.K.L.; Young, B. and Pan, W. (2019). “Offsite modular construction for high-rise building: a case study in Hong Kong”, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Civil Engineering. 1-32. https://doi.org/10.1680/jcien.18.00052
  16. Looi, D.T.W.; Tsang, H.H.; Hee, M.C. and Lam, N.T.K. (2018). “Seismic Hazard and Response Spectrum Modelling for Malaysia and Singapore”, Earthquakes and Structures, 15(1), pp. 67-79. https://doi.org/10.12989/eas.2018.15.1.067
  17. Looi, D.T.W.; Su, R.K.L.*; Cheng, B. and Tsang, H.H. (2017). “Effects of axial load on seismic performance of RC walls with short shear span”, Engineering Structures, 115, pp. 312-326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.08.030
  18. Su, R.K.L and Looi, D.T.W. (2016). “Revisiting the Unreinforced Strut Efficiency Factor”, ACI Structural Journal, 113(2), pp. 301-312. https://doi.org/10.14359/51688062
  19. Looi, D.T.W.; Su, R.K.L. and Lam, E.S.S. (2015). “A unified shear stress limit for reinforced concrete beam design”, HKIE Transactions, 22(4), pp. 223-234. https://doi.org/10.1080/1023697X.2015.1102654