The future of geotechnical and structural engineering research

Barry Clarke, Cam Middleton, Christopher Rogers

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A review of publicly funded UK structural and geotechnical research showed it was among the best in the world, but incremental rather than transformational. Furthermore, public research investment in this area is less than in other sectors despite significant investment in construction and infrastructure generally. This
is also at a time of rapid change driven by population growth, resource scarcity and security, developments in technology, society’s expectations and aspirations, and climate. A major review of the purpose of infrastructure and construction was thus undertaken by representatives from academia, industry, research organisations, clients and government. They concluded that, if transformational research is to take place, the research themes to address are hazards, understanding material behaviour, paradigm shift in design, construction processes, building performance, smart buildings, asset management, intervention, decarbonisation and adaption.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1500029
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalInstitution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Civil Engineering
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2016


  • future, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, research


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