Civil Engineering and Construction
Our John Laing Building houses a Civil Engineering Laboratory facility equipped with a huge range of structural testing equipment. This equipment offers full computer control and data logging, various material testing apparatus and concrete mixing and model manufacture facilities. The structural testing facilities range up to 5,000kN capability in axial compression, and include a strong floor that can be arranged to suit a wide range of test set-ups with a load limit of 1,000kN.
The University’s £8.7 million Simulation Centre is used to create a ‘virtual’ construction site in which our students undertake role play exercises that help prepare them for situations in the workplace. To make the training experience as realistic as possible, our students work from fully-equipped building site cabins with staff able to monitor activity and provide feedback from a separate observation deck.
We also have CAD studios equipped with industry-standard software for analysis, design and project/cost management as well as a number of specialist lab facilities.
The Hydraulics Lab is equipped with three different hydraulic flumes, and an innovative canal lock design. The lab also contains model bed channels, hydraulic benches and a large scale surge shaft model.
The Materials Lab includes industrial standard timber and steel workshops, a concrete mixing area with 3 pan mixers, a programmable environmental chamber capable of temperature or freeze-thaw cycles, a range of ovens and curing tanks and various materials testing apparatus.
The Building Services Labs house a variety of specific equipment including thermal conductivity test rigs, a refrigerant cycle rig, a cooling tower rig, pipe to pipe heat exchanger rig and a Hagner luminance/illuminace meter.
The Geotechnics Lab contains triaxial cells, direct shear box apparatus, a dimensional compression oedometer, California Bearing Ratio apparatus, soil classification equipment and Marshall test apparatus for asphalt mixes.
Geography, Disaster Management and Oil and Gas
Our George Eliot Building has a high-specification Computer Lab equipped with access to ArcGIS for mapping and geographical information systems and Petrel/Eclipse software for oil and gas reservoir simulation and calculation. It also has a map and information room where students can undertake group work with access to GIS software and other materials.
The faculty also shares Labs with the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences which are used for water, environmental, sedimentological and geochemical analysis, including environmental science teaching and preparation laboratories.
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