TERRE aims to develop novel geo-technologies to address the competitiveness challenge of the European construction industry in a low carbon agenda. It will be delivered through an inter-sectoral and intra-European coordinated PhD programme focused on carbon-efficient design of geotechnical infrastructure.
Industry and Research in the construction sector have been investing significantly in recent years to produce innovative low-carbon technologies. However, little innovation has been created in the geo-infrastructure industry, which is lagging behind other construction industry sectors. TERRE aims to close this gap through a network-wide training programme carried out by a close collaboration of eleven Universities and Research Centres and three SMEs, including the coordinating institution, the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland.
The project partners will host 15 recruited Early-Stage Research Fellows (ESRs), who will be involved in inter-sectoral and intra-European projects via enrolment in 8 ‘Joint-Awards’ and 7 ‘Industrial’ PhDs. The ESRs will be trained in low-carbon design by developing novel design concepts including eco-reinforced geomaterials, ‘engineered’ vegetation, engineered soil-atmosphere interfaces, biofilms, shallow geothermal energy and soil carbon sequestration. Distinctive features of TERRE are the supervision of the ESRs by an inter-sectoral team and the orientation of the research towards technological applications.
It is also expected that research impact will be maximised by the development of industrial ‘products’, including:
- Carbon Calculator for geopp-structures
- Guidelines and software for low carbon geotechnical design
- Decision Support System for infrastructure project appraisal