Work Packages

TERRE has been designed around four research-based Work Packages, creating a framework for the fifteen cross-sectoral PhD projects.

Work Package 1 – Novel materials for carbon-efficient geo-structures

Use of marginal geomaterials, such as raw earth, for carbon-efficient geostructures

  • ESR4, PhD jointly-awarded by UNICAS and USTRAT

    Raw Earth Modern Construction
    Modern Raw Earth Construction

Develop/implement novel structural materials for concrete/steel-free geostructures

  • ESR3, PhD jointly-awarded by UPPA and UDUR
  • ESR6, PhD jointly-awarded by UDUR and UPPA
  • ESR9, PhD awarded by TUD with secondment to industrial partner organisation WIKA

Work Package 2 –  Devising interfaces for carbon-efficient geostructures

Hydro-seeding combo
Hydro-seeding for slope stabilisation

Develop ‘engineered’ vegetated interfaces for stabilisation of geo-infrastructure

  • ESR1 (PhD jointly-awarded by USTRAT and CIRAD)
  • ESR10 (PhD jointly-awarded by CIMNE and CIRAD)
  • ESR7 (PhD jointly-awarded by UNINA and INRA)

Develop engineered soil-atmosphere ‘sandwiched’ physical interfaces and bio-chemical interfaces

  • ESR2 (PhD awarded by UGLAS with secondment to Limit State Ltd.)
  • ESR11 (PhD jointly-awarded by USTRAT and UNINA)

Work Package 3 – Geostructures for energy/carbon capture and storage

Carbon sequestration
Carbon Sequestration

Geostructures for energy/carbon capture and storage

  • ESR5, PhD awarded by EPFL with secondment to industrial beneficiary NOBATEK

Develop methods for carbon sequestration and storage in new earthfills

  • ESR8, PhD jointly-awarded by INRA and UNICAS

Work Package 4 – Operational and Design tools

Develop methods for carbon footprint assessment in geotechnical construction

  • ESR12, PhD awarded by EPFL with secondment to industrial beneficiary NOBATEK

Develop technical criteria and procedures for implementing novel concepts into the design of low-carbon geotechnical structures

  • ESR13 (PhD awarded by USTRAT with secondment to industrial beneficiary Kempfert Geotechnik GmbH)
  • ESR14 (PhD awarded by UGLAS with secondment to industrial beneficiary Limit State Ltd.)

Develop Decision Support System for geo-infrastructure carbon-driven project appraisal

  • ESR15 (PhD awarded by CIMNE with secondment to industrial beneficiary Kempfert Geotechnik GmbH)