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Reference Number EP/L016095/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 25%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Principal Investigator Dr A Al-Tabbaa
No email address given
Engineering
University of Cambridge
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 30 September 2023
Duration 114 months
Total Grant Value £4,458,552
Industrial Sectors Construction; Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles; Water
Region East of England
Programme NC : Engineering
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr A Al-Tabbaa , Engineering, University of Cambridge (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor R Mair , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr J Lees , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , London Underground Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Atkins (0.000%)
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 , BP International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mott Macdonald UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tongji University, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Laing O'Rourke plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Halcrow Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Parsons Brinckerhoff (0.000%)
Project Contact , Costain Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dow Corning Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Skanska UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Indian Institute of Science (0.000%)
Project Contact , Geotechnical Consulting Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Smith and Wallwork (0.000%)
Project Contact , Trimble Solutions (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Our civil infrastructure and built environment must adapt and innovate to address the challenges and opportunities of a low carbon future, of limited space and limited natural resources, economic and societal change and climatic uncertainties. The UK needs a high-level skill base to meet these challenges and opportunities and to maintain its world class leadership position in this sector. 'The need for low carbon infrastructure and buildings will make demands on industry which industry is currently under-equipped to meet. New skills, and different applications of existing skills, ranging from conceptual thinking, to policy, operation and use, through all layers of the supply chain will be required at a time when the construction industry has been badly weakened by the fall in its workload' (BIS report 2010). A prime objective of the CDT is to develop the next generation of Civil Engineering professionals who will provide leadership and are equipped with the required skills to successfully design, construct and manage existing and future infrastructure and buildings. This can only be achieved through strategic Academia-Industry collaboration.This bid for a CDT at the University of Cambridge, led by the Civil Engineering Division, is designed to build upon and channel Cambridge's internationally leading current research, investment and funding in the diverse areas related to Future Infrastructure and Built Environment. Our vision is to develop world-class technically excellent multi-disciplinary Engineers equipped to successfully face current and future infrastructure and built environment challenges to meet societal needs and aspirations. The CDT seeks to address the UK's training needs collectively with our Industrial and Academic partners. The involvement of Industry and practice partners will be integral in producing work of relevance and applicability in the delivery of design and construction of sustainable infrastructure. The CDT's research and training will focus on integrating Cambridge's internationally recognised strengths in structures, geotechnics, materials, construction, sustainable development, building physics and water and waste within the wider context of related engineering disciplines, architecture, the sciences, land economy, manufacturing, business, economics, policy and social science. We will focus on core Civil Engineering technical areas using a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on underpinning fundamental principles together with appropriate theoretical and experimental work (as evidenced in PhD studies at Cambridge).Our Industrial partners will work with us to co-create and shape the Centre's training programme to meet National skills needs. There will be significant added value from this strong Industry/University partnership. Our new MRes/PhD programme is based on a 1+3 model with a one year Master of Research (MRes) degree with depth and breadth and a multi-disciplinary approach.The MRes is followed by a 3year PhD in a specialist field. We will also offer a new, 'I+' scheme, in collaboration with two strategic industrial Centre partners; Arup and Laing O'Rourke. The initial broad cohort-based MRes education will cover core advanced Civil Engineering technical topics, research and commercial skills training and expose students to disciplines that impact on future infrastructure and built environment. The PhD research will be of the highest quality. The CDT's inclusive approach to engagement will extend the impact of the CDT and CDT students will act as role models to inspire future generations of Civil Engineering graduates.The CDT will deliver enhanced doctoral training for future leaders and provide a focal point for UK Civil Engineering excellence. CDT graduates will be engineering leaders of the highest calibre whom we can entrust to lead us through the anticipated significant technical and societal challenges facing our UK Construction Industry.
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