Two year iCRAG Research Masters (MEngSc) in Civil / Geotechnical Engineering at UCC
Monitoring and modelling of mechanical behaviour of Dublin Tunnel
This project plans to deploy an innovative wireless sensor network (WSN) at Dublin Tunnel for monitoring the development of tunnel deterioration and deformation over time. The monitoring field data will evaluate long-term tunnel structural condition, aiming to save tunnel inspection and maintenance cost. In parallel, a 3D finite element (FE) analysis will be conducted to model ageing structural performance of Dublin Tunnel in the long term. The computed results from the 3D tunnel model will be tested against the tunnel behaviour obtained from WSN data analysis. The validated 3D FE model will evaluate different 3D tunnel deformation modes and predict the long-term behaviour of Dublin Tunnel for the next decades. Under the Spoke Research Programme of geohazard assessment and geotechnical engineering, this project will evaluate the effect of time-dependent ground condition on the long-term tunnel behaviour, and advance the monitoring technologies of large-scale infrastructure.
Enquiries to Dr Zili Li (email@example.com). Intended start date is April 2019.
Full project description: Monitoring and modelling of mechanical behaviour of Dublin Tunnel
Research Masters (MSc) in Engineering Geology / Hydrogeology at iCRAG at UCC
Project title: Evaluate the effectiveness of historically applied engineering mitigation measures designed and implemented to protect sensitive habitats and watercourses on upland peatland sites.
Supervision team: Dr. Ed Jarvis (UCC) and Eileen McCarthy (QMEC Environmental)
Project advisors: Dr. Mike Long (UCD), Dr. Carmel Brennan (SSE) and David McHugh (Fehily Timoney & Co)
Project description: This project will involve the acquisition, modelling and interpretation of data to confirm whether the design objectives of mitigation measures that were historically implemented to protect sensitive and peatland sites worked according to design brief and expectation. A range of mitigation solutions have been implemented on several upland sites in Ireland over the last c.15 years. Now is a suitable time to evaluate how successful these measures were in protecting sensitive habitats and ecology.
This two-year full-time Master’s by research (MSc) position is funded through the new Geohazard and Geotechnical Engineering spoke of Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG). The successful candidate will be registered at University College Cork. The Master’s stipend is €18,000 per annum plus fees.
Application: Please e-mail a CV (max. 2 pages) and a cover letter outlining your experience and motivation for this position to Dr. Ed Jarvis (D.Jarvis@ucc.ie) and to Eileen McCarthy (Eileen.McCarthy5@gmail.com). Intended start date is June/July 2019.
Full job description: Peatland sites