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Reference Number EP/S02302X/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2)
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 95%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 30%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 60%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 10%;
Principal Investigator Dr A Al-Tabbaa
No email address given
Engineering
University of Cambridge
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2019
End Date 31 March 2028
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £6,761,084
Industrial Sectors Construction; Energy; Technical Consultancy; Transport Systems and Vehicles; Water
Region East of England
Programme Non Theme Specific
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr A Al-Tabbaa , Engineering, University of Cambridge (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Professor A McRobie , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr I Brilakis , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr RM Foster , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor R Mair , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr J Lees , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr J Becque , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr N Koteyko , School of Languages Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Schlumberger Cambridge Research Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Buro Happold Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mott Macdonald UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Laing O'Rourke plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Southeast University, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Highways Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Manufacturing Technology Centre: MTC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ordnance Survey (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Michigan, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Costain Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nanjing University (NJU), China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bentley Systems Incorporated, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , WSP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nanjing University of Technology (NJUT), China (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , National University of Singapore (0.000%)
Project Contact , Future Cities Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , High Speed Two HS2 Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Geotechnical Consulting Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Alan Turing Institute (0.000%)
Project Contact , Trimble Solutions (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jacobs UK Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , AVEVA Group plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (0.000%)
Project Contact , McAuliffe (0.000%)
Project Contact , StructureMode (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Resilience Shift (0.000%)
Project Contact , Topcon (International) (0.000%)
Project Contact , nPlan (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Our infrastructure is central to the economic prosperity of the nation and to the flourishing of a stable, yet dynamic, civil society. Its interconnected strands - the energy, transportation, water, sanitation and communication networks that provide access to services and markets and which underpin the securities of daily life - must be not only affordable and reliable but also resilient against threats such as technological uncertainty, environmental causes, economic and political change, and demographic and societal change unfolding in an increasingly uncertain world.FIBE2 CDT will lead a paradigm shift in the approach to infrastructure resilience through the creation of an inspirational doctoral training programme for talented cohorts from diverse academic and social backgrounds to conduct world-class, cutting-edge and industry-relevant research. Our goal is to develop the infrastructure professionals of the future, equipped with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skillset to meet the most complex emerging challenges, harness the full value of existing infrastructure and contribute effectively to better infrastructure decision-making in the UK. The programme's technical focus will exploit high-level interconnected research themes in advanced infrastructure materials, rethinking design & construction, digitised civil engineering, whole-life performance, built environment and global challenges, along high-level crosscutting themes in emerging technologies, performance to data to knowledge, research across scales, and risk and uncertainty.In FIBE2 CDT we offer a radical rethink to deliver innovation for the cross-disciplinary and interconnected challenges in resilient infrastructure. Our 1+3 MRes/PhD programme proposes a new approach to infrastructure research where students from different disciplines proactively forge new training and research collaborations. FIBE2 is inspired by the paradigm of a 3D 'T' shaped engineer embodying a combination of depth and breadth of knowledge, augmented by our new thinking around cross-disciplinary training and research. High level Infrastructure Engineering concepts will be interlinked and related to the detailed technical fundamentals that underpin them in bespoke core and elective modules. Cohort-based learning will bridge across the wider environmental, societal, economic, business and policy issues within the even broader context of ethics, responsible innovation and ED&I. These depth and breadth elements are interwoven and brought together through problem-based challenges using large-scale cross-disciplinary infrastructure projects. Individual student plans will be carefully crafted to harmonise the specificity of PhD research with the need for expansive understanding of threats and opportunities. The development of Resilient FIBE2 CDT students with strong personal, technical and professional resilience attributes is integral to the FIBE2 approach to training and research.The FIBE2 PhD projects will build upon Cambridge's internationally leading research, investment and funding in the diverse areas related to infrastructure and resilience. Our major strategic initiatives include > 60M funding from EPSRC and industry. Our engagements in UKCRIC, CDBB, Alan Turing and Henry Royce Institutes and our world class graduate training programmes provide an inspirational environment for the proposed CDT.The FIBE2 vision has been co-created with our 27 strategic industry partners from across all infrastructure sectors and nine international academic centre partners across the world, who have pledged over 12M. We will work together to deliver the FIBE2 CDT objectives and add new dimensions to our students' experience. The lasting impact of FIBE2 will be embodied in our students acting as role models to inspire future generations of infrastructure engineers and rising to lead the profession through all the technological and societal challenges facing UK infrastructure
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