Gravity in Civil Engineering

gravity-civil-engineeringThe Gravity in Civil Engineering work package looks at applications for quantum technology sensors for civil engineering and geophysics with an initial focus on gravity gradient sensors. It is developing an operational framework for the sensors taking cognisance of existing geophysical sensors such as Ground Penetrating Radar.

A key aspect is the engagement with end users of the technology, ensuring that the technology moves from the laboratory to real applications. The quantum sensors have the potential to locate and identify buried pipelines, mine shafts, sinkholes and mineral resources in challenging conditions where traditional geophysical sensors would not work.

This, together with the array of sensors co-located on the Mapping the Underworld mobile laboratory has the potential to make street works more sustainable by providing an accurate picture of the shallow sub-surface, ultimately reducing road user delays and benefiting us all.

 

Dr Nicole Metje discusses our research into gravity sensors.


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