Url http://www.cimne.com/webcimne/sigpro/Ficha.aspx?id=674
Acronym TERRE
Project title Training Engineers and Researchers to Rethink geotechnical Engineering for a low carbon future
Official Website http://www.terre-etn.com/
Reference 675762
Principal investigator Enrique Edgar ROMERO MORALES - enrique.romero-morales@upc.edu
Start date 01/11/2015 End date 31/10/2019
Coordinator UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Consortium members
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
  • INRA
  • UNINA
  • CIMNE
  • UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
  • UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
  • ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
  • UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
  • CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONAL EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
  • LimitState Limited
  • NOBATEK
  • Kempfert Geotechnik GmbH
Program H2020 (2014-2020) Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
Subprogram MSCA-Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions Category Europeo
Funding body(ies) EC Grant 371.809,44 €
Abstract TERRE aims to develop novel geo-technologies to address the competitiveness challenge of the European construction industry in a low carbon agenda. It will be delivered through an inter-sectoral and intra-European coordinated PhD programme focused on carbon-efficient design of geotechnical infrastructure. Industry and Research in the construction sector have been investing significantly in recent years to produce innovative low-carbon technologies. However, little innovation has been created in the geo-infrastructure industry, which is lagging behind other construction industry sectors. TERRE aims to close this gap through a network-wide training programme carried out by a close collaboration of eleven Universities and Research Centres and three SMEs. It is structured to provide a balanced combination of fundamental and applied research and will eventually develop operational tools such as software for low-carbon geotechnical design and a Decision Support System for infrastructure project appraisal. The research fellows will be involved in inter-sectoral and intra-European projects via enrolment in 8 ‘Joint-Awards’ and 7 ‘Industrial’ PhDs. The research fellows will be trained in low-carbon design by developing novel design concepts including eco-reinforced geomaterials, ‘engineered’ vegetation, engineered soil-atmosphere interfaces, biofilms, shallow geothermal energy and soil carbon sequestration. Distinctive features of TERRE are the supervision by an inter-sectoral team and the orientation of the research towards technological applications. Training at the Network level includes the development of entrepreneurial skills via a special programme on ‘Pathways to Research Enterprise’ to support the research fellows in establishing and leading spin-out companies after the end of the project.
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