Contact info
ReUse, Department of Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Post-doctoral researcher (voluntary)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Sparks Engineering, Inc.
Project Engineer
933 North Flores Street, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
Research interest
19th and 20th century, history of civil engineering, history of materials, history of construction techniques, iron and steel, riveted connections, reinforced concrete, structural appraisal, historical patent analysis.
Current and past research projects in the field of Construction History
Riveted Connections in Historical Metal Structures (1840-1940), FWO PhD Fellowship, 2010-14.
Research in Construction History: Belgium in the 19th and 20th Century, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Historical Belgian Patents (1830-1940), FWO and IWT PhD Fellowships, 2010-12.
Representative publications in the field of Construction History
Q. Collette and I. Wouters, ‘Unraveling the design of end-of-the-19th-century riveted connections in Belgium’, in: B. Bowen et al (eds.), Proceedings of the fifth International Congress on Construction History. ICCH2015: Construction History Society of America. Chicago, vol. 1, 2015, pp. 481-489.
Q. Collette, S. Sire and I. Wouters. Lap shear tests on repaired wrought-iron riveted connections. Engineering Structures, vol. 85, 2015, pp. 170-181.
Q. Collette, Riveted connections in historical metal structures (1840-1940). Hot-driven rivets: technology, design and experiments, PhD Thesis, VUB, 2014 (unpublished).
Q. Collette, S. Sire, WJ. Vermes, VJ. Mesler, and I. Wouters, Experimental investigations on hot-driven structural rivets in historical French and Belgian wrought-iron structures (1880s-1890s), Construction and Building Materials, vol. 54, 2014, pp. 258-269.
Q. Collette, I. Wouters, L. Lauriks and K. Verswijver, Brussels Cinquantenaire Park halls: a structural revolution or evolution?, Engineering History and Heritage, vol. 165, 2012, pp. 145-155.

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