Geoenvironmental Research Centre
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Seren project makes final of European awards

Flexis Launched


Flexis Announced

Seren to Host RGS Evening Lecture

Seren mine water energy project nominated for Insider Wales Award

Innovation & Impact Award 2014

Queen's Anniversary Prize

“Ecocode- A Seren Resource”

COMPASS - The GRC's Novel Geoenvironmental Software Model


Seren project makes final of European awards

Seren project makes final of European awardsCardiff University’s Seren project, based at the School of Engineering, has been selected as a finalist for an award celebrating Europe’s most innovative regional projects. The Seren project has been selected in the ‘Smart Specialisation for SME Innovation’ at the Regiostars Awards 2017. The …

Launch of FLEXIS smart energy project

Launch of FLEXIS smart energy projectFebruary 2nd 2017 saw the launch of FLEXIS, Cardiff University-led £24m project set to meet energy challenges of the future. The five-year EU-backed project was announced by Dr Mark Drakeford (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government) at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay. FLEXIS is …


Seren2020Following on from the success of the Seren project, the Geoenvironmental Research Center (GRC) are pleased to announce the continuation of the cutting edge research carried out under Seren in its successor, Seren2020. Seren2020 will be part of the £24m EU backed Flexis project, a pan Wales energy …

Flexis Announced

Flexis AnnouncedThe GRC are proud to announce their involvement in the recently launched FLEXIS project. The five-year, £24m EU-backed project was announced today by Welsh Government Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM during a visit to the University. FLEXIS is a pan-Wales energy research project. Led by Cardiff …

RGS Lecture on ‘Carbon Sequestration’

RGS Lecture on ‘Carbon Sequestration’The next Royal Geographical Society Evening Lecture to be hosted by Seren will be ‘Carbon Sequestration’ on Wednesday 18th February. Carbon sequestration allows carbon dioxide to be stored in geological formations, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Our third lecture in …

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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.