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.
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.
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.
Professor Peter Woodward, from the School of the Built Environment, has been appointed by Atkins as its first ever Chair of High Speed Rail Engineering for the UK. Professor Woodward will provide technical advice and work together with Atkins’ team to overcome some of the challenges of high speed rail.
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.
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.