Project Vision

TERRE aims to promote, through the PhD projects of the Early Stage Research Fellows, a new vision for Civil Engineering training and education. This vision goes beyond a mechanistic view of geotechnical behaviour of the ground and takes a nature-centric scientific approach.

  • Soil mechanics historically built upon two main pillars, i.e. solid and fluid mechanics
  • Little or no consideration to direct and indirect effects of biological activity
  • Little consideration to gas-liquid interaction (effect of capillary tension/suction)
Beyond Geotechnical Behaviour
Beyond Geotechnical Behaviour – Click for larger image

 Dominant culture

  • Engineers to ‘tame’ nature via man-made structures.
  • Nature to be combated (e.g. reflected in terms like ‘climate-change resilience’)

Vision of TERRE

  • Understand and learn from nature (nature is an ally and not an enemy)
  • Engineering solutions sought by mimicking processes found in nature
Engineered by Nature
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