Civil engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering (including Building and Construction) is the centre of growth in the Department, and it already plays a vital role in research and in teaching. This discipline brings together the strategic research themes enlisted below. This encompasses research, engineering, and field application activities that also include commercial and industry-funded activities.

A key theme is computer simulation-guided engineering of engineered and natural complex systems with the aim to understand cause and effect chains that control their emergent behaviour. What-If? scenario analysis and experimental design studies are used to detect unwanted side effects of engineering measures prior to implementation. This is supported by high-performance computing and software engineering efforts aimed at creating technology and capabilities for the multi-stakeholder engagement that current civil engineering projects nowadays demand.