Geoenvironmental Research Centre
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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


GRC Director Gives Menelaus Lecture

GRC Director Gives Menelaus LectureProfessor Hywel Thomas, Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, presented his talk ‘Energy and the Ground: Some Geoenvironmental Considerations’ at the 55th Annual William Menelaus Memorial Lecture. The Lecture took place at the Birt Acres Lecture Theatre in Bute Building, 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 …

Royal Geographical Society Lecture

Royal Geographical Society LectureSeren will host the Royal Geographical Society Evening Lecture ‘Geothermal Energy’ on Wednesday 17th December. The lecture will be presented by Dr Manju (Geoenvironmental Research Centre) and Mr David Tucker (WDS Green Energy). They will explain how shallow geothermal energy could become the …

Seren Nominated for Insider Wales Award

Seren Nominated for Insider Wales AwardThe Seren project, together with industrial partner WDS Green Energy Ltd., has been nominated for a prestigious Business and Education Partnership Award (Research and Development Category) for its research into the use of mine water to heat homes and businesses. The collaborative work between WDS …

Seren to Host Royal Geographical Society Lecture

Seren to Host Royal Geographical Society LectureThe Geoenvironmental Research Centre’s Seren project will host The Royal Geographical Society’s Evening Lecture on Wednesday 22nd October. The Lecture, entitled ‘Integrated natural resource management: a return to traditional geography?’, will be presented by Dr Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive at …

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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.