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Earth and Rock Slope Monitoring

Slope and slope related issues provide a critical challenge to civil engineering projects.

Caption: Analysing slope failures in challenging coastal environments requires high resolution 3D surveys and change modelling, helping us to understand the complex nature of rock falls around key assetsSlope and slope related issues provide a critical challenge to civil engineering projects. Many key decisions have to be made based on inadequate or inappropriate data, and uncertainties over slope behaviour lead to heightened risks, escalating costs, and usually conservative design and planning. Our research is providing new levels of understanding of slopes, failures, and mitigation measures with high resolution, novel monitoring and modelling techniques. This offers fresh insights into the nature and causes of slope failures and new relevant slope data for policy and decision-making.

For more information and postgraduate opportunities, please contact Dr Mike Lim.

Caption: Key policy tools and decision making can be aided by appropriate and state-of-the-art data, analyses and interpretation, allowing re-evaluations of asset management approaches

Caption: Developing high capacity tensiometers for measuring pore water pressure in soilsClimate change has the potential to affect any transportation network that comprises embankments and cuttings built with soil material in an unsaturated state that is exposed to the climate. One of the major concerns with earth structures that engineers face today, is whether our current infrastructure is resilient to current and future climate patterns.

Through laboratory testing and remote sensing we aim to advance understanding of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. We are actively developing new methodologies and techniques to help geotechnical engineers understand the impact of climate on earth slopes.

For more information and postgraduate opportunities, please contact Dr João Mendes.


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