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.
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.
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 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.
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.