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Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 5.83M | Year: 2009

This proposal from Loughborough University outlines the case to renew the funding for the Industrial Doctorate Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE) as part of the Industrial Doctorate Centres call aginst the Towards Better Exploitation element of the EPSRC Delivery Plan. In partnership with an established industry base, CICE is delivering a high quality research and training programme that: meets the core technical and business needs of the construction industry; enhances its knowledge base; and produces high calibre doctoral graduates that can drive innovation. The Centre addresses a wide range of research issues that concern the UK construction industry including: Innovative Construction Technologies; Construction Business Processes; Advanced Information and Communication Technologies; Sustainable Design and Construction; and Transport and Infrastructure. Many of these areas have been highlighted in various reviews of the industry including the Latham Report, the Technology Foresight Report, the Egan Task Force Report, and more recently the National Technology Platforms research priorities. It also contributes to the EPSRC Delivery Plan as part of the knowledge transfer research and training activities. The research areas of the Centre align with the Engineering and Science for Sustainability research theme, as outlined in the EPSRCs Research Priorities and Opportunities, and fall under the Construction and the Built Environment and Transport sub-themes. Within the Construction and Built Environment, the Centre builds on existing strengths in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering established as part of the Engineering Doctorate Centre and other related industry based research to address some of the EPSRC research priorities to improve efficiency across the supply chain, including: encouraging the uptake of ICT to promote efficiency; improving building performance to minimise impacts on the environment ; and the analysis and design of civil engineering structures . Within the Transport area Sustainability and Innovation are key themes of the research that centres on transport operation and management, transport telematics, and minimising energy use and environmental impact . The Engineering Doctorate Centre (CICE) was established in 1999 and has subsequently recruited a total of 94 research engineers sponsored by a total of 63 large, medium and small companies. Loughborough University is a research intensive institution, which integrates its research and teaching activity at every opportunity to provide a top quality research led learning experience for all its students. The Department of Civil and Building Engineering has consistently achieved high research rating in the RAE assessments and the last RAE results were 5* in Built Environment. The Engineering Doctorate is part of Loughborough Universitys excellent doctoral research training programme, which in addition to supporting the pursuit of a particular project aims to provide a basic professional training to support the research and offer personal development opportunities. The training programme integrates taught and research elements tailored to suit the needs of the research engineer, project, and the sponsoring company while maintaining the expected quality of the academic standards required for a doctoral study. The Centre is managed by the Director, Prof. Dino Bouchlaghem supported by a Deputy Director, a Centre Manager and an Administrator. A Centre Management Board consisting of the Director, Deputy Director, and Industrial Representatives meets twice a year and is chaired by a senior industrialist from one of the sponsoring companies, oversees the work of the Centre and provides direction and guidance on strategic matters. This proposal has the full support of the University and has been subject to an internal review process to ensure synergy with the Universitys Research Strategy.

Tomkins J.,Capita Symonds
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering | Year: 2011

The 500 m long cut-and-cover Bell common tunnel was opened in 1984 as part of the M25 London orbital motorway. This paper describes a recent £90 million refurbishment to bring the tunnel up to european directive standards, including the replacement of all mechanical, electrical, operational and communication systems and the installation of passive fire protection. The project drew on lessons from a similar refurbishment of the nearby M25 Holmesdale tunnel, which was completed by the same team in 2007. Using the same principles of lean construction, the Bell common project finished ahead of programme, below target cost and with minimal disruption to the 85 million vehicles which passed through the tunnel during the works. Source

Jones R.,University of Cardiff | Brown D.S.,University of Cardiff | Harris E.,Natural History Museum in London | Jones J.,Capita Symonds | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Helminthology | Year: 2012

Relatively few studies have examined the parasite fauna of British reptiles, partly due to the cryptic nature and low population density of these hosts. Here we examined 12 populations of the slow worm Anguis fragilis which, unlike other UK lizards, occurs at locally high population densities. Morphological examination of non-invasively collected faecal samples revealed the presence of Neoxysomatium brevicaudatum and a second unidentified nematode species. Although previously unrecorded from slow worms in the UK, N. brevicaudatum was present in 38% of animals (mean intensity 70.9, range 1-686). Morphological identification was confirmed by sequencing the 18S ribosomal gene. The use of the species-specific, cytochrome oxidase I mitochondrial gene primers proved an efficient alternative to conventional, microscope screening for parasites, although the original identification of N. brevicaudatum was dependent upon morphological characters. Sequencing also identified the second, smaller nematode as belonging to the Rhabdiasidae family: this species was even more common at a prevalence of 83% (mean intensity 102.8, range 1-2000). While increasing our knowledge of the UK macroparasite fauna, this work demonstrates the benefits of a combined morphological-molecular approach. © 2011 Cambridge University Press. Source

Witterick S.,Capita Symonds
Health estate | Year: 2011

Susan Witterick, director of Acoustics and Air Quality at Capita Symonds, examines the important role of acoustics in healthcare facility design in the "Age of Austerity", warning that, despite being a key factor in creating an optimal hospital environment for patients, staff, and visitors, it is too often still viewed as "a poor cousin at the design team table". Source

Stacy M.,Parsons Brinckerhoff | Burr M.,Jacobs Engineering | Jones P.,Laing ORourke | Kenworthy N.,Laing ORourke | And 3 more authors.
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Bridge Engineering | Year: 2014

The Metrolink phase 3 project in Manchester, UK, has created around 60 km of new tram lines and has incorporated over 380 structures including 160 bridges and tunnels. Nearly 80 bridges were refurbished, repaired or strengthened to provide a low-maintenance system with a minimum 50-year structural design life. The new tram lines have been built on new dedicated alignments and on former railway corridors, reusing existing structures with an age of up to 140 years. Various contractual and technical approaches were taken to address the risk due to structure condition, including risk-sharing arrangements and phased scope determination. Particular issues encountered by the project include: limited information on structure condition; corrosion of metallic structures; scope risk; strategy for repair versus replacement; vehicle incursion risk; determining appropriate specifications; retention of cast-iron structures and modifications to parapets due to electrification. The conclusions include lessons learned for projects dealing with the renewal and upgrade of legacy structures in an affordable manner. Source

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