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Infrastructure Sensing and Imaging

Caption: Detecting buried objects – electromagnetic wave propagation from a Ground Penetrating Radar (image courtesy of COST Action TU1208)The cost to the UK of inadequate infrastructure is estimated to be £2M per day, with 50% of our annual construction budget spent on maintenance and repair. A 2014 State of the Nation Infrastructure report by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) found none of the infrastructure sectors analysed were ‘fit for the future’.

Our research focusses on addressing these challenges by improving the monitoring and maintenance of current infrastructure, whilst also developing enhanced and predictive sensing systems to be integrated into our next generation infrastructure.

Caption: Simulation using gprMax software – electromagnetic wave propagation in a complex heterogeneous environmentWe develop advanced numerical modelling tools to simulate electromagnetic sensing and imaging methods for surface and sub-surface infrastructure, such as buildings, bridges, roads, buried utilities, and soil characterisation.

One of our key research strengths is the development of the open source software gprMax, which simulates electromagnetic wave propagation for Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). gprMax is the most widely-used tool for simulating GPR with a diverse range of applications in academia and industry.

For more information and postgraduate opportunities, please contact Dr Craig Warren.

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