Strategic Aim: Advancing the mechanics of civil and structural engineering systems within the broader context of the design, construction and operation of sustainable infrastructure and the stewardship of Earth's resources and environment.
The research topics grouped under this division may be loosely categorised as those addressing issues related to civil engineering problems. The work of the Geotechnical group is based on the principles of soil mechanics which can address topics as diverse as clean-up of contaminated land and assessing the effects of earthquakes, to the design of underground spaces. Structures research covers a wide range of topics from the structure of a DNA molecule, to the safety of bridges to the design of deployable structures to be used in outer space. The Centre for Sustainable Development addresses the growing concern of all engineers to ensure their projects are sustainable within the context of today's society.