Geoenvironmental Research Centre
Canolfan Ymchwil Ddaearamgylcheddol

Innovation & Impact Award 2014

Queen's Anniversary Prize

Multipurpose Gas Laboratory

“Ecocode- A Seren Resource”

COMPASS - The GRC's Novel Geoenvironmental Software Model

LATEST NEWS

Seren presents to National Assembly

Seren presents to National AssemblyOn Wednesday 25th June, Seren visited the Senedd to present its work on mine water heat recovery to Assembly Members and other interested parties. Sponsored by Jenny Rathbone AM, ‘Unlocking the Untapped Potential of the South Wales Coalfield’ was presented by Dr Manju (GRC) and David Tucker (WDS …


Seren Project Partner Nominated for Prestigious Environmental Award

Seren Project Partner Nominated for Prestigious Environmental AwardWDS Green Energy, an industrial partner of the GRC’s Seren project, was a Runner-Up at the British Renewable Energy Awards 2014. The Awards, held at The Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday 12th June, recognise excellence in the UK renewable energy industry. WDS Green Energy was shortlisted for the …


Centre Wins University Award

Centre Wins University AwardThe Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) has received the Global Challenge Award for its pioneering work in nuclear waste disposal. Recognised as an ‘exemplar of excellence’ by Cardiff University for its work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the GRC has developed a simulation …


Mine Water Seminar a Success

Mine Water Seminar a SuccessThe Seren project’s seminar on Mine Water: Green Energy and Revenue Resource attracted over eighty attendees from private industry and the public sector. The half-day event, which took place on Friday May 16th at the Mercure Hotel, Newport Road, Cardiff, looked at the viability of mine water …


PhD Student Wins Best Paper at Barcelona Conference

PhD Student Wins Best Paper at Barcelona ConferenceGRC PhD student Muhammad Irfan received the award for Best Paper at GeoProcessing 2014: The Sixth Annual Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications and Services. The winning paper, ‘GIS Based Site Ranking Using Neighbourhood Analysis and Comparison’, was written by Muhammad …

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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.