Geoenvironmental Research Centre
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Queen's Anniversary Prize

Advanced Computational Modelling

Multipurpose Gas Laboratory

“Ecocode- A Seren Resource”

COMPASS - The GRC's Novel Geoenvironmental Software Model


Mine Water Potential For Heating And Cooling Seminar

Mine Water Potential For Heating And Cooling SeminarThe Seren Project will be hosting a morning seminar and workshop at the Mercure Hotel (Newport Road, Cardiff) on Friday 16th May. The seminar, which looks at using abandoned and flooded mines as a new renewable energy resource, is aimed at local authorities, housing developers, land owners and …

GRC Receives Queen’s Anniversary Prize

GRC Receives QueenOn Thursday 27th February, members of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, representing the group as a whole, received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize from HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The ceremony, held at Buckingham Palace, honoured the innovations and achievements of twenty higher and further …

GRC Receives Ministerial Visit

GRC Receives Ministerial VisitJane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance, and David Lidington MP, UK Minister for Europe, visited the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) on Monday 25th November. Both Ministers praised the Centre for the quality of its research and for its many achievements, most recent of which saw the Centre …

GRC Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education

GRC Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further EducationThe Geoenvironmental Research Centre has been recognised with the prestigious award for its pioneering research into solutions to the major challenges of land and groundwater quality and regeneration. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education is a biennial award scheme that …

GRC Hosts Safe Barriers Meeting

GRC Hosts Safe Barriers MeetingThe Geoenvironmental Research Centre hosted the bi-annual project meeting that investigates the safe containment of radioactive waste. The project, led by the University of Strathclyde, looks at ways to monitor the bentonite buffer used in radioactive waste storage in order to assess how it will …

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Welcome to the GRC website

The award-winning Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) is a pioneer in the field of geoenvironmental engineering. Established in 1996, the Centre’s guiding principles have been to provide vital research support in a new and emerging area of land-based environmental problems; and to directly translate its research for the benefit of industry.

Problems studied include contaminated land; landfill engineering; land reclamation; slope stability; waste disposal; and heat losses from buried objects. The Centre also investigates the influence of environmental conditions on the performance of underground distribution systems.

Students pursuing largely computer-based projects are well catered for. Research dedicated UNIX mainframes are available and eight distributed UNIX workstations provide powerful computer platforms for CPU intensive computational analysis, computer aided design (CAD), and graphics software. High performance computing facilities also exist via two multi-processor SUN E6500 systems.

For prospective students interested in experiment-based research, a range of both cutting-edge and traditional testing facilities are available. These are supplemented by high quality, computer controlled triaxial testing equipment, and graviometric and volumetric pressure plate extractors, for use in unsaturated soil characterisation.

The GRC has excellent experimental facilities in the area of geoenvironmental engineering. These include leaching columns and triaxial permeameters (used to investigate the effect of contaminated pore fluids on soil hydraulic properties); and analytical facilities for solids, liquids and gases, such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, electron microscopy, gas chromatography, ion chromatography and atomic absorption spectrometry.

Opportunities at the GRC

PhD, MPhil and MSc opportunities come up from time to time and are detailed in the opportunities section of the site, however we are always looking for good research staff, visitors and students and actively invite speculative applications and proposals.