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Back on Track: Geotechnical Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Summary of the impact

The transport of people, goods, and utilities (e.g. electricity, oil, gas and water) is essential to civilised life, and in turn depends on a robust, reliable and affordable infrastructure. Since 1995, the University of Southampton Geomechanics Group (SGG) has led the development of an enhanced, science-based framework for understanding the behaviour of geotechnical transport infrastructure through monitoring, modelling and analysis. The techniques we have developed have been used by the builders, owners and operators of transport infrastructure both nationally and internationally to develop improved understandings of infrastructure geotechnical behaviour both during construction and in service. This has led to substantial savings in build, maintenance and operational costs; the implementation of effective remediation and management strategies; and significantly improved infrastructure performance.

Submitting Institution

University of Southampton

Unit of Assessment

General Engineering

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Research Subject Area(s)

Mathematical Sciences: Applied Mathematics
Engineering: Civil Engineering, Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy

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