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Monitoring systems to Assess Geotechnical Infrastructure subjected to Climatic hazards

Objective

The aim of the project is to develop novel systems to monitor earth structures exposed to climate hazard. Following completion of this research and concept demonstration project and subject to additional industry or commercial funding for the development of the technology, this effort is expected to eventually result in new commercial instruments and data management systems which it is in turn expected to lead to major improvement in design, maintenance, and adaptation of geotechnical infrastructure in a changing climate.
The technological and scientific project will be implemented via secondments and recruitment of 182 researcher months in total including 72 months of recruitment and 110 months of secondment (51 months from Industry to Academia and 59 months from Academia to Industry).
One of the major focus of the project will be the development and concept demonstration of two instruments for field measurement of pore-water tension (suction) up to 1.5 MPa, namely a high-capacity tensiometer for long-term measurement at shallow depths (<2m) and a tensiocone for rapid measurement of suction profile at great depths (up to 20m). Using proof-of-concepts prototypes developed by the academic partners in MAGIC, scientific and technological research will be carried out jointly by Industrial and Academic partners to use their respective scientific findings into a plan to assess the feasibility for the development of commercial instruments for pore-water tension measurement.
MAGIC will also attempt to develop novel techniques for high-resolution imaging of water content based on Electrical Resistivity Tomography moving from proof-of-concepts prototypes already developed by academic partners. In addition, MAGIC will tackle the problem of real-time data control based on the concepts of measurement redundancy and coherence to identify faulty data due to instrument malfunctioning and/or mis-installation before these are transferred remotely.
Finally, to validate and demonstrate monitoring systems, incorporating the new instruments developed by the project, MAGIC will build a unique facility consisting of a ‘benchmark’ field site instrumented with a variety of sensors for monitoring the weather-related moisture regime.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 618 176,46
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Tarantino (Prof.)

Participants (6)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 272 223,88
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jelke Dijkstra (Dr.)
G IMPULS PRAHA SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 113 704,90
Address
Nerudova 232
252 61 Jenec
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dušan Dostál (Dr.)
UMWELTANALYTISCHE MESS-SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 876,68
Address
Gmunderstrasse 37
81379 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georg Von Unold (Dr.)
TECNOPENTA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 185 080,77
Address
Via G Galilei 7A 2
35037 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maura Bellio (Dr.)
PESSL INSTRUMENTS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 100 288,43
Address
Werksweg 107
8160 Weiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marisa Stoeckl (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR
France
EU contribution
€ 372 519,91
Address
Avenue De L'universite
64000 Pau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alban Oules (Mr.)