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The Civil Engineering theme has an interdisciplinary team of engineers, geologists, hydrologists, materials scientists and computer technology scientists. Its research funding is widely based, with grants being obtained from industry, research councils and the government.
This combination has brought with it a culture where industry and academia can work together to optimise design and practice in civil engineering and construction for its cost-effectiveness, whilst allowing flexibility for radical innovation and sustainable development.
Research is organised under three main headings:
Much of the current research within this theme is focused on the development of new sustainable construction materials and the structural properties and applications of other types of materials and material combinations.
One small group working on interdisciplinary research into landslides, slope instability and associated hazards across the geomorphology – engineering geology – geotechnical engineering spectrum. Other current research includes earthquake engineering, forensic geotechnics, fire safety in construction and developing creativity in civil engineering students.