EngD - Improving the Life Expectancy of Infrastructure

Course Location London
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Course provider University College London
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EngD - Improving the Life Expectancy of Infrastructure

EngD Centre in Urban Sustainability & Resilience
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
4 year tax-free stipend at £17,750pa

In collaboration with Lloyd’s Register EMEA the UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering has funding from the EPSRC for an EngD studentship (4 year program) for the following project:

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)
“Improving the Life Expectancy of Infrastructure”

A huge amount of any nation’s wealth is tied up in the infrastructure which is instrumental in creating wealth, energy and quality of life. This project will take as its starting point the goals of

improving the assessment of residual life of existing infrastructure; and
finding strategies to extend the useful lifespan of new structures.
The project will involve compiling an extensive state of the art report existing research and best practice in areas related to these goals. This will involve spanning across disciplines and domains which have hitherto operated in comparative isolation.

The project will more specifically consider the range of useful information which can be yielded from infrastructure. This ranges from local non-destructive testing (NDT) measurements to global structural health monitoring (SHM) strategies and from automated collection of vast amounts of data to targeted inspections. The project will further involve investigating how this diverse range of information can be used along with structural models and risk-based techniques to provide a tool which can help to target maintenance/design to extend the life of structures.

Approximately half of the four year period would be spent working with Lloyd’s Register EMEA in their City of London office with the remainder of the time spent working at the EngD centre at UCL.


For a place on the EngD programme funded through EPSRC awards, applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility requirements. EngD Funding is available for applicants who have been working residents in the UK for at least three years prior to the proposed commencement of the programme.

Visit this website for more information: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/PostgraduateTraining/StudentEligibility.htm

Applicants will also need to be found to be acceptable to Lloyd's Register EMEA. Applicants should have at least a 2.1 degree in an Engineering discipline or an MSc in a related subject.

Please email a short statement ASAP to Paul Greening (paul.greening (at) ucl.ac.uk) indicating how you meet the entrance and UK eligibility requirements. Successful candidates will then by short-listed and invited to apply and come for an interview in September 2008.

Start Date:

Autumn 2008, provisionally.

Contact: Paul Greening

Phone: +44 20 7679 2718

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Chadwick Building Gower St
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