ERPE partner, Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Infrastructure and Environment, in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) has joined forces with Scottish Water, Glasgow Clyde College and the Open University to offer water professionals a pathway to professional educational and technical development.
On Tuesday 20 January Professor Garry Pender, Head of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, and Professor Bhaskar Sen Gupta launched the new MSc in Water, Technology and Desalination at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.
Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.
Dr David A Kelly, Assistant Professor within the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, was invited to give oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGEBE) at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 24 November.
ERPE would like to extend its congratulations to Professor Mike Forde, FREng, FRSE who has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award was presented at the Conference Banquet in Belfast City Hall on 2nd September 2014 by Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor James McElney, on Behalf of Queens University Belfast and the Concrete Solutions-2014 Conference.
High speed is the focus as ERPE scientists and their industry colleagues feature at two stands at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK.
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, interviewed by Dr Gabriela Medero and Dr Aruna Ivaturi, will be sharing tales of her career to date; the highs and lows, the pivotal times, people who made a difference, key events and life stages.
Every spring, prescribed burns are conducted on 15-20000 acres of forest in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, United States. Historically, fire is a natural occurrence in the Pine Barrens and is an integral part of maintaining the ecosystem. Such prescribed burns are also used as a type of ‘fuel treatment’, aimed at reducing the fuel loading, the quantity of vegetation biomass, in the forest.
The project focuses on the performance of automated trash screens in culverts. Culverts are vital links that allow rivers to pass safely under roads and developments. During periods of intense rainfall many critical culverts are not able to operate to their full capacity because of blockages to trash screens which protect their entry.
The need to conserve water has long been recognised by society as a priority action that is critical to health, sanitation and wellbeing. Oftentimes, this message is rightly focused on providing clean water and sanitation in developing countries.
Dr Martin Crapper and Dr Simon Smith, working in conjunction with Prof Jim Crow in Archaeology have secured £250k funding from the Leverhulme Trust for a major study on the engineering behind the water systems of ancient Constantinople.
DEM Solutions and the University of Edinburgh formalize strategic relationship to enable greater collaboration and knowledge transfer between the two leaders at the forefront of research, application and adoption of DEM simulation of bulk materials.
PhD students and senior academics from Heriot-Watt University were among a list of over 50 speakers to address delegates at the Railway Track Science and Engineering International Workshop, Ballast: Issues & Challenges hosted last week at Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC) in Paris.
The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society is a multidisciplinary school teaching across all disciplines relevant to the construction industry. Research is user focused and delivers solutions of practical value to industry and society.
The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering is a strategic alliance between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
Working with academic and commercial partners we aim to deliver world leading research and expertise in engineering to the greatest commercial, social and economic impact and benefit through education and advancement in science and engineering.
ERPE research into shell structure design has worldwide impact in the storage and handling of granular solids. A core element of this research is to enhance and update EU design recommendations such as the Eurocodes (EN) and US (ASME and ACI) standards. With over 75% of the material feedstock industry being granular, ERPE research achieves impact in bulk materials handling across many industries.
ERPE development of new and unique design methodologies, frameworks and tools for analysing fire spread has enhanced public safety by transforming structural design for fire. Fire safety engineering research within ERPE has created an improved scientific understanding of the effect of fire on structures and materials and thus assisted the design and construction of increasingly optimised, sustainable, and economical buildings globally with significant changes in building design and regulation.
ERPE research into FRP strengthening of existing engineering structures continues to impact design guidelines for updating the ageing infrastructure. 75% of developed world investment covers retrofitting and repair, with FRP strengthening now the preferred solution. ERPE research has been incorporated into 12 worldwide design guides codes and standards.
ERPE research and development of XiTRACK technology has reduced rail track maintenance by a factor of up to 40, increased maintenance intervals from 3-monthly to 10 years and increased track speeds to 125 mph in critical sections of UK, Italy and Hong Kong rail networks.
Research undertaken by ERPE on the unsteady flow and air pressure regime in building drainage networks led to the development of the PAPA™ and Dyteqta™ devices which reduce the risk to health from cross-transmission of aerosolised pathogenic micro-organisms like SARS.
The overarching aim of the group is to generate new understandings of materials in terms of basic science at all scale levels (nano-scale through to macro-scale) and apply this to practical applications that address societal needs in the key areas of UK government policy including climate change, sustainable construction and civil infrastructure.