Daniel Cusson

Roles and responsibilities

I joined the National Research Council of Canada in 1994. I am presently Principal Research Officer in the Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (SRIC) research unit of NRC’s Construction Research Centre. My fields of expertise include: Remote Monitoring of Bridges and Heritage Buildings; Numerical Modelling of Bridges; Durability Assessment and Service Life Prediction of Concrete Bridges, Buildings and Tunnels; Development of high-performance concrete technologies to reduce cracking and corrosion. 

Current research and/or projects

The main focus of my research is to improve durability, resiliency and the structural performance of civil engineering infrastructures to achieve longer service lives and reduce their life cycle cost.

My main ongoing projects include:

  • Satellite-based structural health monitoring of highway bridges for performance assessment;
  • Optimization of concrete formulations, corrosion protection, and repair methods for the major rehabilitation of the La Fontaine Tunnel in Montreal;
  • Vibration monitoring of heritage buildings on parliament hill using networks of accelerometers;
  • Climate resilient buildings and core public infrastructure : Adaptation of highway bridges;


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (structures), University of Sherbrooke, 1993
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, 1989

Professional activities/interests

  • ACI 363 Committee on High-Performance Concrete
  • ACI 231 Committee on Early-age Properties of Concrete
  • RILEM TC-225 Committee on Use of Superabsorbent Polymers in Construction
  • RILEM TC-196 Committee on Internal Curing of Concrete


  • Member of Professional Engineers Ontario


  • NRC Technology to Market Award, National Research Council Canada, 2012
  • External Partnership Award, NRC Institute for Research in Construction, 2011
  • Innovation Award, 5th Intl Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, 2011

Key publications

My main publications can be found at this address:


Previous work experience

  • 1999-2012: University of Sherbrooke, Civil Engineering Department, Adjunct Professor
  • 1995-1996: Royal Military College of Canada, Department of Civil Engineering, Adjunct Professor

International experience and/or work

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratoire central des ponts et chaussées, Paris, France, 1994
Daniel Cusson

Daniel Cusson

Principal Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: French
Other(s): English
Telephone: 613-998-7361

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