Professor Dover has been a Professor at University College London since 1983, Shell Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 1987, Centre Coordinator of the London Centre for Marine Technology, and Head of the UCL NDE Centre. He is currently the Emeritus Shell Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCL. Professor Dover was also a visiting Professor at Cranfield University.
Professor Dover established the UCL NDE Centre in 1985 and was a founding member of TSC Inspection Systems. He has led many major projects in Fatigue Fracture Mechanics of Offshore Structures (the UK National Marine Technology Cohesive Fatigue Programmes and European projects such as RISC), Inspection Reliability (the UCL Underwater NDE Centre and European Programmes ICON, EDICS, and RACH), and NDT research (ACFM development and the European AIRES project). Most recent interests are being Chairman of the UCL NDE Centre, Structural Integrity Monitoring (SIMoNET www.simonet.org) and research into non-contacting stress measurement (including residual stress), the ACSM StressProbe approach.
Professor Dover has also been a member of various Government committees, acted as a Consultant for the World Bank and been Programme Champion for a series of UK EPSRC National Programmes on Fatigue of Offshore Structures. Professor Dover has been author, co-author, and editor of some 250 papers and books.
Consulting interests currently include Membership of the Independent Review Group. The IRG is assessing the decommissioning of the Shell Brent Field platforms in the North Sea. It previously advised on the decommissioning of the NW Hutton platform for BP.