Our facilities

You will have access to a first class study environment, IT support, experimental facilities and analytical equipment. Our laboratories are equipped to a very high standard, with specialist facilities for each area:

Architectural Engineering

  • New instrumentation in vibration engineering, environmental engineering and nanotechnology
  • Monitoring equipment for assessing the real-life performance of buildings: energy monitors, indoor environment monitors, heat flux monitors, thermal camera
  • Wind tunnel suitable for assessing the impact of wind on urban forms at 1:200 scale

Structural Engineering

  • Multi-axial testing equipment at elevated temperature
  • Testing rigs for ambient and fire conditions
  • Dynamic testing of full-scale civil engineering structures
  • Cement and concrete durability testing and material characterisation
  • Field laboratory for full-scale impact and explosion research

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Plane strain window boxes for experiments of bespoke soil-structure interaction problems
  • Granular flow model rig and complimentary high speed camera for debris flow simulations
  • Conventional and specialised soil testing apparatus, including a transparent soils laboratory
  • Two geotechnical centrifuges; a 1m diameter teaching beam centrifuge and a 4m diameter beam centrifuge for research
  • Numerical modelling software including: LimitState, FLAC3D and LS-DYNA

Water Engineering

  • Static and tilting research flumes 
  • Urban drainage testing rigs, laser and video-based measurement systems
  • Pilot-scale water distribution systems
  • Modern, fully equipped lab for microbiological, chemical and pollutant analysis
  • Experimental facilities for investigating environmental processes and pollutant interactions in the geosphere
  • Extensive field measurement and modelling software

Our MSc courses are taught in modern lecture rooms, set aside for postgraduate teaching. This dedicated teaching space is equipped with the latest visual aids and IT interfaces which enable online delivery of module content and access to web resources to maximise the flexibility and scope of learning possible. We also have fully equipped networked computer laboratories with the latest commercial and industry-standard software, for both teaching and self study.