The project deals with the Built Environment. Majority of human existence are situated in cities where the huge part of the society spends 90% of their life. Though the quality of Built Environment is usually assessed from the functional, aesthetic and aft er many years from the historical point of view, these are structural engineers who assure its safe existence. The project concentrates on solving structural and constructional problems connected with protection and restoration of existing and deteriorate d city built environment. The built environment, which has no ability of self-regeneration, depends only on the human aid. This refers particularly to the built environment in industrial regions. Fast development of the cities and need of modernisation cau se that the existing building infrastructure must be still adjusted to the changing human needs. These threats and needs generate serious structural and constructional problems, which should be permanently solved in cities all over Europe. Solving these pr oblems we determine the following research area of this project: 1. Analytical assessment and prediction of structural safety threats appearing due to actions undertaken in the city (tunnelling, deep excavations, mining activity in the vicinity of existing buildings). 2. Durability of building materials subjected to environmental impact. 3. Recognition of the current state of threatened object, assessment of its structural safety, and design of protection and strengthening. 4. Structural problems connected with modernising of old buildings (sometimes monumental) and revitalising of post-industrial sites. These topics will be developed both on analytical and experimental way. Following issues will be developed in four Working Groups: 1. The influence of grou nd subsidence on built environment 2. Case study on building materials durability 3. Strengthening methods. 4. Protection of city cultural heritage.
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Funding SchemeTOK - Marie Curie actions-Transfer of Knowledge
Kingston Upon Thames