Assessment, Costing and enHancement of long lIfe, Long Linear assEtS (ACHILLES)

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

Infrastructure is fundamental to our economy and society, e.g. being one of the 10 pillars of the recently launched UK Industrial Strategy. Long linear (geotechnical) assets (LLAs) are a major component of this infrastructure and fundamental to the delivery of critical services over long distances (e.g. road & railway slopes, pipeline bedding, flood protection structures). Central government infrastructure investment will rise by almost 60% to £22 billion p.a. by 2022 (ONS). This will support both the development of new infrastructure, and the repair of existing infrastructure. At present, there are 10,200 km of flood defences in Great Britain; 80,000 km of highways; 15,800 km of railway). Failure of these assets is common-place (e.g. in 2015 there were 143 earthworks failures on Network Rail - >2 per week), the resulting cost of failure is high (e.g. for Network Rail, emergency repairs cost 10 times planned works, which cost 10 times maintenance), and vulnerability to these failures is significant (748,000 properties with at least a 1-in-100 annual chance of flooding; derailment from slope failure is the greatest infrastructure-related risk faced by our railways). However, the exact reasons for - and timing of - failure is, at present, poorly understood. This leads to unanticipated failures that cause severe disruption and damage to reputation. Current approaches to design and asset management perpetuate this situation as they are based on past experience, which cannot be extrapolated to future performance: the infrastructure is older, ever more intensively used and subject to increasingly extreme weather patterns. Together, these factors significantly increase the likelihood of failures in the future causing reduced performance and poorer service. Climate change has been identified as one of the factors driving this change.
There is an exciting opportunity to bring together new advances in research and technology with design and asset management practices from different LLAs to reduce the risks posed to infrastructure systems by deterioration and future change. Current techniques can estimate future rates of deterioration that might lead to failure in transport infrastructure slopes, but are difficult to scale up, do not capture all drivers of deterioration relevant to all LLAs, are poor at dealing with uncertainty and heterogeneity, and lack rigorous validation against representative field data. Different asset owners have access to vast quantities of failure and condition data from their networks (recently enabled by technological advances in data capture and storage) but use different approaches to address failure based on historical data. ACHILLES proposes a research programme that brings these approaches together, coupled with statistical advances to enable rigorous use of network data, and economics to assess the value of design, monitoring and mitigation options. Our long-term vision is for the UK's infrastructure to deliver consistent, affordable and safe services, underpinned by intelligent design, management and maintenance. ACHILLES proposes a Programme to address this challenge by combining laboratory/field experimentation, numerical modelling and simulation, statistical data and cost benefit analysis, and activities to enable its outcomes to be adopted by LLA owners/operators:
Deeper understanding of material and asset deterioration and how to model and predict
New design tools to account for deterioration; and assessment tools to characterise
Strategies to mitigate deterioration from material to asset scale
Decision-making framework to prioritise spending on design, monitoring and/or interventions that accounts for heterogeneity and uncertainty, and informs appropriate business cases
Better understanding of the importance of characterising heterogeneity and uncertainty for infrastructure decision making processes
Knowledge and tools to incorporate data analytics into asset assessment and monitoring

Planned Impact

£20 billion is invested annually by the UK Government in infrastructure (digital, energy, transport, water, flood defence). We must be certain that it delivers safe, resilient and affordable service that meets societal need. The functioning of infrastructure systems is dependent upon the ground beneath or around its assets (e.g. pylon, pipe or railtrack). Tools to assess, monitor, design and repair the performance of the ground are fundamental. ACHILLES will deliver these tools.

The knowledge and tools that arise from ACHILLES will transform LLA practice which currently relies heavily on empirical data derived from historical performance and professional judgement. We will engage with a vast network of potential beneficiaries to embed new knowledge into practice guidance, asset management standards, software tools, and policy associated with the investment, safety and resilience of assets. A summary of the major users/beneficiaries of the research is provided below. Primary benefits arise from direct collaboration with the research; secondary benefits are generated through the actions of others utilising our research outcomes (and thus may manifest sometime after completion of the programme).

1. Techniques and tools to assess asset performance - Primary beneficiaries : Asset Owners (Highways England, Network Rail, TfL, Canal and River Trust, Environment Agency, HS2 Engineering consultants. Secondary beneficiaries : Society and Service Users

2. Data on asset performance - Primary beneficiaries : as 1

3. Data interpretation methods - Primary beneficiaries : as 1. Secondary beneficiaries: sensor developers and data anaylsts.

4. Prioritised investment strategies (migration) - Primary beneficiaries: Asset Owners, IPA. Secondary beneficiaries : NIC and Government.

5. Design tools and techniques - Primary beneficiaries : HS2, Engineering Consultants. Secondary beneficiaries : Industry and society.

6. Outcomes to inform guidance and standards (including adaptation to climate change) - Primary beneficiaries : John Dora Consulting, CIRIA. Secondary beneficiaries : Industry and society.

7. Cost savings, reduced disruption, improved safety, improved services - Secondary beneficiaries : IPA, NIC, Society.

8. New technologies, new markets for products - Primary beneficiaries : Sensor and software developers (Model Center).

9. Awareness of the role of infrastructure, impact of climate change, role of science and engineering - Primary beneficiaries : Students and the public.

A stakeholder-led Impact Advisory Group will be constituted in order to provide the routes to these impacts: Standards development and dissemination via specialist consultant (John Dora Consulting), embedding advances in modelling and data handling into commercial software via specialist software developer Model Center; changing industry practice via asset owners and their consultants; influencing industry more broadly via CIRIA; policy influence via the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. Impact milestones will be set by the Impact Advisory Group. Short-term secondments of ECA and RAs to these stakeholder organisations are planned. Additional translation to practice will be gained through regular attendance at the meetings of multi-partner groups (e.g. GAOF who represent the LLA owners, Natural Hazards Partnership), sensor and software developers and data specialists via, e.g. the National Innovation Centre for Data in Newcastle and relevant CATAPULTs (Transport Systems & Future Cities). We will showcase impacts on society via e.g. the Great Exhibition of the North (2018) and Global Grand Challenge Summits. Academic impact will be made via TCs, conferences, workshops, direct academic engagement and training ECAs.

Publications

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Description Our programme grant is still ongoing, but as we approach the 4 year mark, we are continuing to make significant steps forward in our capability to model long-term performance of long linear assets as these are affected by weather events. We are now much better able to replicate historical deterioration of these assets using sophisticated computer models (validated against field observations) and are therefore confident that we can develop methods to reliably model future performance of long-linear geotechnical infrastructure assets. We have also been able to develop methods to assess the impacts of geotechnical interventions on the performance of long linear assets (both historical and future planned interventions). We are progressing this in collaboration with the managers of national infrastructure network assets, who have shown great interest in our work and need our research to better plan for the future.
Exploitation Route Our research findings will influence i) design practice (through a more robust underpinning of design parameters with quantifiable, long term assessments of rates of deterioration and deformation of geotechnical assets); ii) the construction of earthworks (including the implementation (type and timing) of remediation interventions); iii) the monitoring and management of earthworks (what to look out for, how to work with heterogeneity and what/when to plan interventions); and iv) investment strategies (planning the timelines of financial implications of managing the assets).
Sectors Construction,Environment,Transport

URL https://www.achilles-grant.org.uk/
 
Description Our achievements in pushing the envelope of modelling earthworks deterioration continues to generate considerable interest from major national infrastructure stakeholders. This has resulted in increasingly detailed discussions with Network Rail about influencing earthworks management not just with their geotechnical staff, but also with staff involved in business planning. Our research outcomes on quantification of deterioration rates and cost implications for early interventions is being used to assist with clarification of the need for a better share of funds for remediation works and financial planning for the current and next control periods. Our research has influenced the project portfolio of Highways England (now National Highways) and it is steering discussions on the design of earthworks for HS2. In collaboration with the Environment Agency, we have added a flood embankment as a new infrastructure type to our portfolio of monitored assets.
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Environment,Transport
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Reservoir Safety Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Mar 2018 ? May 2020 Kevin Briggs. Reservoir Safety Advisory Group (RSAG) - Academic representative. The Reservoir Safety Advisory Group (RSAG) is a working group appointed to assist the responsible Government Department, currently the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in the governance of reservoir safety research and development (R&D).
 
Description The Varley Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Interviewed for Ministerial Review. The Varley Review was launched by the Rail Minister on 10 May 2018 to consider how Network Rail can best ensure the safety of our railways, while also protecting wildlife and preserving trees.
 
Description EPSRC RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Connector award
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 11/2019
 
Description HS2 Ltd/ RAEng Senior Research Fellowship in Geotechnical Engineering for High Speed Rail
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 06/2025
 
Title BIONICS Cracking Data 
Description This record contains crack measurement data and hydrological/meteorological data collected at the Bionics Embankment Research Facility, Newcastle University. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Crack_Geometric_Data/12820802
 
Title BIONICS Cracking Data 
Description This record contains crack measurement data and hydrological/meteorological data collected at the Bionics Embankment Research Facility, Newcastle University. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Crack_Geometric_Data/12820802/4
 
Title BIONICS Cracking Data 
Description This record contains crack measurement data and hydrological/meteorological data collected at the Bionics Embankment Research Facility, Newcastle University. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Crack_Geometric_Data/12820802/3
 
Title BIONICS cracking data 
Description This dataset presents the crack geometric data collected at Bionics embankment. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Crack_Geometric_Data/12820802/2
 
Title Data for emulating computer experiments of infrastructure slope stability using Gaussian processes and Bayesian inference 
Description This is a repository for the data used in emulating computer experiments of deterioration of infrastructure slopes. The DATA.csv file includes the raw data.The ManuscriptDATA.csv file includes all of the data used for computer experiments, with inputs from DATA.csv (some columns have been transformed, see the CodeExample PDF or RMarkdown files for information) and TTF.csv.The CodeExample RMarkdown and PDF files provide R code to reproduce the results in the file FULLsqM5N.rds. They can be found in (DOI) 10.25405/data.ncl.14447670 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_for_emulating_computer_experiments_of_infrastructure_sl...
 
Title Data for emulating computer experiments of infrastructure slope stability using Gaussian processes and Bayesian inference 
Description This is a repository for the data used in emulating computer experiments of deterioration of infrastructure slopes. The DATA.csv file includes the raw data.The ManuscriptDATA.csv file includes all of the data used for computer experiments, with inputs from DATA.csv (some columns have been transformed, see the CodeExample PDF or RMarkdown files for information) and TTF.csv.The CodeExample RMarkdown and PDF files provide R code to reproduce the results in the file FULLsqM5N.rds. They can be found in (DOI) https://doi.org/10.25405/data.ncl.14447670 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_for_emulating_computer_experiments_of_infrastructure_sl...
 
Title Data for emulating computer experiments of infrastructure slope stability using Gaussian processes and Bayesian inference 
Description This is a repository for the data used in emulating computer experiments of deterioration of infrastructure slopes. The DATA.csv file includes the raw data.The ManuscriptDATA.csv file includes all of the data used for computer experiments, with inputs from DATA.csv (some columns have been transformed, see the CodeExample PDF or RMarkdown files for information) and TTF.csv.The CodeExample RMarkdown and PDF files provide R code to reproduce the results in the file FULLsqM5N.rds. They can be found in (DOI) https://doi.org/10.25405/data.ncl.14447670 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_for_emulating_computer_experiments_of_infrastructure_sl...
 
Title Data from BIOINCS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.This dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/1
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.These dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. The historical data was recorded from November 2008 to January 2018. And the new data was recorded from August 2021, with ongoing monitoring and recording. Please see the readme files for each dataset details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/3
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.These dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. The historical data was recorded from November 2008 to January 2018. And the new data was recorded from August 2021, with ongoing monitoring and recording. Please see the readme files for each dataset details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/4
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.These dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. The historical data was recorded from November 2008 to January 2018. And the new data was recorded from August 2021, with ongoing monitoring and recording. Please see the readme files for each dataset details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/5
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.These dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. The historical hydrological data was recorded from November 2008 to January 2018. And the new data was recorded from August 2021, with ongoing monitoring and recording. Datafiles are provided for both hydrological data and also weather station data. Please see the readme files for each dataset details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/7
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.These dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. The historical hydrological data was recorded from November 2008 to January 2018. And the new data was recorded from August 2021, with ongoing monitoring and recording. Datafiles are provided for both hydrological data and also weather station data. Please see the readme files for each dataset details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.These dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. The historical hydrological data was recorded from November 2008 to January 2018. And the new data was recorded from August 2021, with ongoing monitoring and recording. Datafiles are provided for both hydrological data and also weather station data. Please see the readme files for each dataset details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/6
 
Title Data from BIONICS research embankment 
Description The BIONICS embankment, located in Northumberland (UK), is 6 m high, 90 m long and orientated approximately east-west with a 1:2 slope, representative of typical UK infrastructure. The embankment comprises four panels with the central panels constructed to Highways England specifications (termed 'well-compacted') and two outermost sections built with reduced compaction to represent poorly constructed/heterogeneous rail embankments.This dataset forms a complete repository of all data collected at BIONICS embankment. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Data_from_BIOINCS_research_embankment/15506019/2
 
Title Dataset: Strength parameter selection framework for evaluating the design life of clay cut slopes 
Description Summary:This is the dataset presented in the publication: Postill, H; Helm, PR; Dixon, N; El-Hamalawi, A; Glendinning, S & Take, WA (2021). Strength parameter selection framework for evaluating the design life of clay cut slopes. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering. DOI: 10.1680/jgeen.21.00125.Contents:This repository contains the dataset used to produce the figures in the related publication and consists of material strain softening data, assumed in-situ initial stress profiles, modelled time series of slope surface displacements, derived values for inverse velocity of the modelled slopes, residual factor change with time, the failure geometry and time to failure along with data on design life for differing slope geometries. See the file "Read Me and Metadata Record.pdf" for more information on the contents.Further Information:The PhD research and associated modelling work were funded by Loughborough University. The production of the publication was supported by the iSMART (EPSRC project EP/K027050/1) and ACHILLES (EPSRC programme grant EP/R034575/1) project groups.Along with a link to the published version of the paper, the original research (in the form of the PhD thesis) and a related modelling validation paper are available in the references section below. More information on the iSMART and ACHILLES projects can be found in the funding section. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Dataset_Strength_parameter_selection_framework_for_evaluatin...
 
Title Laboratory and field testing data - weather-driven deterioration processes on embankment slopes 
Description This is the dataset presented in the publication: Stirling, R.A., Toll, D.G., Glendinning, S., Helm, P.R., Yildiz, A., Hughes, P.N. and Asquith, J.D., 2020. Weather-driven deterioration processes affecting the performance of embankment slopes. Géotechnique, pp.1-13.
This record contains triaxial testing results conducted at Durham University and hydrological/meteorological data collected at the Bionics Embankment Research Facility, Newcastle University. The data is used to produce the plots in the above publication. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Laboratory_and_field_testing_data_-_investigating_weather-dr...
 
Title Laboratory and field testing data - weather-driven deterioration processes on embankment slopes 
Description This is the dataset presented in the publication: Stirling, R.A., Toll, D.G., Glendinning, S., Helm, P.R., Yildiz, A., Hughes, P.N. and Asquith, J.D., 2020. Weather-driven deterioration processes affecting the performance of embankment slopes. Géotechnique, pp.1-13.
This record contains triaxial testing results conducted at Durham University and hydrological/meteorological data collected at the Bionics Embankment Research Facility, Newcastle University. The data is used to produce the plots in the above publication. Please see the readme file for details. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/dataset/Laboratory_and_field_testing_data_-_investigating_weather-dr...
 
Description ARUP 
Organisation Arup Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research results relevant to infrastructure projects.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of facilities for meetings. Support with dissemination.
Impact Outputs still to be determined - on-going activity.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Amey iSMART 
Organisation Amey PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution contributions to iSMART expert advisory board
Collaborator Contribution critical evaluation of project progress and relevance to stakeholders
Impact active involvement in expert advisory board
Start Year 2014
 
Description Atkins iSMART 
Organisation WS Atkins
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution contributions to iSMART expert advisory board
Collaborator Contribution critical evaluation of project progress and relevance to stakeholders
Impact active involvement in expert advisory board
Start Year 2014
 
Description CH2M - Jacobs 
Organisation CH2M HILL
Department CH2M Birmingham
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Access to research results relevant to civil engineering infrastructure.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in the planned meetings and workshops. Provision of data and information.
Impact Outputs and outcomes still in development.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CIRIA - Steering Group 
Organisation CIRIA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution R Stirling: CIRIA Steering Group member - RP1090 Improving performance of linear assets through green infrastructure. Attendance at and contribution to Steering Group meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Provides a forum for development of improved linear asset performance.
Impact Development of new protocols and guidance for industry.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Environment Agency 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Access to research results relevant to water and flood protection infrastructure.
Collaborator Contribution Access to field data and sites. Attendance at meetings and access to staff.
Impact On-going discussions about access to test sites for research projects.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Geotechnics iSMART 
Organisation Geotechnics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution contributions to iSMART expert advisory board
Collaborator Contribution critical evaluation of project progress and relevance to stakeholders
Impact active involvement in expert advisory board
Start Year 2014
 
Description HS2 
Organisation Geotechnics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research results relevant to rail new build.
Collaborator Contribution Facilities for steering group meetings, HS2 experts attending steering group meetings. Dissemination through supply chain.
Impact Active involvement in stakeholder events.
Start Year 2018
 
Description HS2 and Motts - MSc modules 
Organisation High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 'Future Challenges in the Engineering of Long-Life, Long-Linear Geotechnical Infrastructure' theme on CEG8217 MSc Geotechnical Engineering and MSc Engineering Geology programmes at Newcastle University.
Collaborator Contribution Teaching from project partners: ACHILLES heavily featured in 'Future Challenges in the Engineering of Long-Life, Long-Linear Geotechnical Infrastructure' theme on CEG8217 MSc Geotechnical Engineering and MSc Engineering Geology programmes at Newcastle University. Guest speakers included Nick Sartain (HS2) and Chris Power (Motts), both on IAG.
Impact Teaching and lecture materials.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Highways England 
Organisation Department of Transport
Department Highways Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Access to research results relevant to road infrastructure.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at project meetings. Access to data and R&D initiatives.
Impact Meeting at stakeholder event on 4 Feb 2019, with follow on discussions on suitable test sites.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Hosted Dr Kyle Kershaw 
Organisation Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting of Dr Kershaw and developing new civil engineering research topics.
Collaborator Contribution Seminars and input to research groups.
Impact Contribution to research leading to publications.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Mott Macdonald UK Ltd 
Organisation Mott Macdonald UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description MottMac iSMART 
Organisation Mott Macdonald UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributions to iSMART expert advisory board
Collaborator Contribution Critical evaluation of project progress and relevance to stakeholders
Impact Active involvement in expert advisory board
Start Year 2014
 
Description Network Rail iSMART 
Organisation Network Rail Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributions to iSMART expert advisory board
Collaborator Contribution Critical evaluation of project progress and relevance to stakeholders
Impact active involvement in expert advisory board
Start Year 2014
 
Description Severn Trent 
Organisation Severn Trent Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Access to research results relevant to water industry infrastructure.
Collaborator Contribution Access to infrastructure network and data. Attendance at stakeholder events. Dissemination of research outputs.
Impact Awaiting results from research activities.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Welsh Government 
Organisation Government of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Access to research results relevant to transport infrastructure.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at meetings. Dissemination of the research findings.
Impact Awaiting results of research activities.
Start Year 2018
 
Description This is a repository for the code used in emulating computer experiments of deterioration of infrastructure slopes. The CodeExample RMarkdown and PDF files provide R code to reproduce the results in the file FULLsqM5N.rdsThe data required to compile the CodeExample.rmd file can be found in (DOI) 10.25405/data.ncl.14331314 
Type Of Technology  
Year Produced 2021 
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/software/Code_for_emulating_computer_experiments_of_infrastructure_s...
 
Description This is a repository for the code used in emulating computer experiments of deterioration of infrastructure slopes. The CodeExample RMarkdown and PDF files provide R code to reproduce the results in the file FULLsqM5N.rdsThe data required to compile the CodeExample.rmd file can be found in (DOI) https://doi.org/10.25405/data.ncl.14331314 
Type Of Technology  
Year Produced 2021 
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/software/Code_for_emulating_computer_experiments_of_infrastructure_s...
 
Description This is a repository for the code used in emulating computer experiments of deterioration of infrastructure slopes. The CodeExample RMarkdown and PDF files provide R code to reproduce the results in the file FULLsqM5N.rdsThe data required to compile the CodeExample.rmd file can be found in (DOI) https://doi.org/10.25405/data.ncl.14331314 
Type Of Technology  
Year Produced 2021 
URL https://data.ncl.ac.uk/articles/software/Code_for_emulating_computer_experiments_of_infrastructure_s...
 
Description (IPR) Fellowship Programme - webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Webinar - Institute for Policy Research (IPR) Fellowship Programme (Alex Beres, US Dept. of Transportation) K Briggs.
Forty minute webinar discussion with Alex Beres, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation within the United States Department of Transportation. Discussion centered around research related to the construction and maintenance of linear transport infrastructure, including UK railway and highway assets. Specifically the threats of infrastructure ageing, maintenance and response to climate change were covered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description CIRIA on-line conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination and virtual tour of NGIF at CIRIA online conference. CIRIA Delivering and monitoring blue-green infrastructure conference - industry/government experts. Share research including ACHILLES, raise awareness, learning, collaboration opportunities. Collaboration opportunities being discussed with EA. Case study contribution (CIRIA NFM guide).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Corehaus tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tour of NGIF to industrial collaborators (Corehaus Modular Housing), Share research including ACHILLES, raise awareness, learning, collaboration opportunities. EPSRC Responsive mode grant application submitted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Discussion with Highways England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion about future collaborations and involvement in impact advisory group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion with Network Rail 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of data sharing and pathways to impact
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EGU-2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination - EGU 2020 - Harvesting Energy from Buried Infrastructure: current UKCRIC research. Share research, raise awareness, learning, collaboration opportunities. Collaboration discussed with other researchers using our data, EPSRC funding proposal followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Expert Advisory Board and Impact advsory group attendance at workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussions about future directions of Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GAOF (Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum) - Nov 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An invited presentation on the ACHILLES programme grant to members of the GAOF (Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum), hosted at the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) - 119 Britannia Walk, Hoxton, London N1 7JE. Actions and follow-up with key asset owners recorded and incorporated in future plans and activities of ACHILLES.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GAOF-5-Mar-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation by Prof Neil Dixon to the Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum (GAOF), part of CIRIA, on the ACHILLES projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description HS2 Design Teams and Suppliers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact HS2 - Presentation to Design Teams and Suppliers, briefing on new design methods being developed in Achilles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description HS2 Geotech Engineering team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to HS2 GeoTech Engineering Team (5 people) on developments and progess in ACHILLES research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description HS2-BB-Trees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Web-meeting and presentation to contractor working on HS2, on ACHILLES related research on vegetation and its interaction with rail infrastructure. Follow up meetings arranged to present findings to design teams working on re-planting schemes following HS2 construction phase.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Host Nuffield Research placement students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact K Briggs: Hosted two Nuffield Research Placement Students, 1 Jun 2020 ? 1 Aug 2020. Supervised two students from Bodmin College to learn geological mapping, undertake a field trip and produce a report and poster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description I'm A Scientist (Stay at home)! 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participation in live text based Q&A sessions for primary and secondary schools children of all ages to talk about science, my research and careers in STEM. Each 40-minute session is attended by 30-40 students plus their teachers and/or parents (up to 10 sessions per week). Schools report increased engagment and enthusiasm for STEM subjects by all attending cohorts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2020,2021
URL https://imascientist.org.uk/
 
Description IAG - 2021 up-date 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of latest status of ACHILLES and discussion of future joint publications nd outreach activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ICE Presidential visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit by President of Insitution of Civil Engineers and Members. Raise awareness, collaboration opportunities, share research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ICSIC 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 5-Jul-19, Briggs, K, Dijkstra, T & Glendinning, S 2019, Evaluating the deterioration of geotechnical infrastructure assets using performance curves. in MJ DeJong, JM Schooling & GMB Viggiani (eds), International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2019: Driving data-informed decision-making. Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing), pp. 429-435, Cambridge, 8/07/19. https://doi.org/10.1680/icsic.64669.429
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Impact Advisory Group meeting - Jan 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Techncial update on ACHILLES research and progress to Impact Advisory Group. Discussions and decisions on future activities and best methods for increasing uptake of research by industry. Follow-on meeting agreed for summer 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description India Landslide Workshop: Keynote presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented invited opening keynote at the Mastermind Session on Landslide Hazards in India Workshop, January 2019. The event was organised by the National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. Workshop participants comprised India Government policy makers and India leading academic researchers. The aim of the workshop was to develop a national landslide programme for India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Industrial Advisory Group - 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A series of presentations and up-dates on the ACHILLES programme grant to members of the Industrial Advisory Group (IAG), on 7 Feb 2020, held at The Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining, 297 Euston Road, London NW1 3AD. Discussion and presentations by IAG members on their needs and expectations of ACHILLES. Actions and follow-up recorded and incorporated in future plans and activities of ACHILLES.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for Ministerial Review: "Network Rail vegetation management review: valuing nature, a railway for people and wildlife" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rail Minister Jo Johnson announced the appointment of John Varley OBE TD to chair the review of Network Rail's approach to vegetation management in England and Wales.
The review was launched by the Rail Minister on 10 May 2018 to consider how Network Rail can best ensure the safety of our railways, while also protecting wildlife and preserving trees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/network-rail-vegetation-management-review-valuing-nature-...
 
Description Invited keynote - "Electrical imaging methods in geotechnical applications: From site investigation to near-real-time monitoring and decision support" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference keynote talk. ISSMGE, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Glasgow, 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited lecture at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, 26th November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited lecture at an event designed to promote PRIME technology to the civil engineering and geotechnical communities. The event was entitled 'Priming the industry: an innovation in earthworks monitoring' and consisted of the lecture followed by a discussion between an invited panel of geotechnical specialists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/priming-the-industry-an-innovation-in-earthworks-m
 
Description Invited talk - "Remote-condition-monitoring of critical geotechnical infrastructure - towards a practical geophysical solution" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk, 2019. Remote-condition-monitoring of critical geotechnical infrastructure - towards a practical geophysical solution. Geophysics in the Critical Zone, Geological Society, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk - "Towards an improved geotechnical understanding of landslide hazard from ground-based geophysical survey and monitoring", AGU Fall Meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact For slope-scale forecasting of moisture driven landslide events (in both natural and engineered slopes), the complex subsurface structure (materials, strata) and hydrogeology need to be characterized and understood in 3D, and at resolutions and timescales consistent with the processes driving slope failure. Recent years have seen key advances in several relevant and complementary areas including 3D geomechanical approaches to slope stability modelling and the 3D characterisation and 4D monitoring of slopes using geotechnical and geophysical approaches (e.g. geoelectrical, seismic). There is a growing interest in linking hydrogeological and geomechanical models to improve understanding of landslide failure processes, but progress has been limited by an inability to provide high spatial and temporal resolution input data on the physical properties of the subsurface (e.g. strength, composition) and changes associated with hydraulic processes (e.g. pore pressure, moisture content). The hypothesis that we are ultimately seeking to test is that recent advances in hydrogeophysical and geotechnical monitoring can now provide timely information to inform and update geomechanical models - thereby enabling near-real-time estimates of stability (e.g. slope factor of safety) to aid forecasting of landslide events at the slope scale.
Here we present results from a range of studies deploying geophysical approaches to characterise and monitor unstable natural and engineered slopes. We demonstrate the use of these approaches (supported by laboratory based determinations of geophysical-geotechnical property relationships) to provide an improved assessment of geological heterogeneity and the development of 3D ground models, and the long-term monitoring of moisture driven processes within the slopes. We conclude with an initial consideration of how geophysical monitoring results can directly inform geomechanical models of slope stability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk - Novel geophysical approaches for monitoring and visualising the subsurface: from autonomous data acquisition to web-based decision support 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk to the "Geological Society Contaminated Land Group: Land condition early careers network - handling big data" meeting, 12th February 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited talk - Priming the industry: innovation in earthworks monitoring 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chambers, JE, Priming the industry: innovation in earthworks monitoring. Institution of Civil Engineers, Edinburgh, 8th October 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk - Remote-condition-monitoring of safety-critical natural and engineered slopes - towards a practical geophysical solution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chambers, JE, Meldrum, PI, Wilkinson, P, Gunn, D, Hobbs, P, Reeves, H. Remote-condition-monitoring of safety-critical natural and engineered slopes - towards a practical geophysical solution.US Corp of Engineers, 18th December 2019. (Webinar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jacobs - MSc lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Request by C Jackson Jacobs, to use ACHILLES info/slides to let Leeds MSc engineering geology students know about ACHILLES.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Joint meeting of Impact Advisory Board and Expert Advisory Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact presentation to industry, government and academics to discuss pathways to impact and international engagement and partnership opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Liaison with HS2 project. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop and discussion about implementation of ACHILLES research in HS2 design and build.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description London Underground-Nov21 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to London Underground about ACHILLES Research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Mair Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 4-Nov-20. Presentation to Mair Commission following Carmont/Stonehaven rail incident
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Mott MacDonald Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop to identify future transport challenges and explore what these mean for modelling and analysis to better support policy decisions, relating to quantifing the impact of road travel on greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of climate change on road infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Mott Macdonald-National Highways 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by MottMac on latest National Highways project, followed by discussion and decisions on how best to incorporate ACHILLES research and findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Network Rail - Chief Asset Manager 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 19 Aug-20. Network Rail - Tim Kersley, Chief Asset Manager Engineer. A worsening trend in earthworks degradation, driven by increased instances of adverse or extreme weather; Evidence of an increase in the 'wet to dry' extreme cycles. Discussion as to how ACHILLES can assist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Network Rail Geotech Conference 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invitation by Network Rail to present on the ACHILLES programme grant at their Geotechnical Conference held at the BGS, Keyworth 3-4 March 2020. Actions and follow-up with key personnel in Network Rail noted and plans made for future activities / engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Northumberland and Newcastle Society - magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Dissemination - overview of NGIF facility via members magazine. Share research, raise awareness, learning, collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nandnsociety.org.uk/
 
Description Presentation at Nanyang Technological University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion with Academics, researchers and practitioners in Singapore
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to CARe2018 in Hong Kong 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion around climate impacts on geotechnical infrastructure and how to create increased resilience in the face of climate change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://care2018.ust.hk/index.php/report01/
 
Description Presentation to Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion around involvement on stakeholder group and development of National Geotechnical Infrastructure Observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to Network Rail employees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of modelling outputs on slope stability. Engaged with Network Rail professionals, as part of the Industrial Advisory Group for the ACHILLES programme grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentations - ACHILLES team and HS2 representative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of ACHILLES project progress. Presentation by HS2 representative on civil engineering works and geotechnical aspects of HS2 works. Engaged with HS2 (High Speed 2 rail) professionals, as part of the Industrial Advisory Group for the ACHILLES programme grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Published a blog article with Institute for Policy Research (IPR). Title: How do we maintain invisible transport infrastructure? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The blog post was for the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) who are based in Bath. The blog has 3000 monthly readers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/iprblog/2018/10/30/how-do-we-maintain-invisible-transport-infrastructure/
 
Description RSSB - technical up-date & IAG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical presentation of ACHILLES research. Follow on discussion and decision to include RSSB representative in IAG (Impact Advisory Group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Stakeholder Engagement - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of presentations to industry and academic members (48 attendees) of the External Advisory Board and other Stakeholders, of research activities planned for the ACHILLES series of projects. The purpose was to explain the aims of the research programme and to obtain feed-back from the stakeholders on how they could assist, and what would be their preferred priorities. A key outcome is the follow on discussions with key stakeholders (Environment Agency and Network Rail) for future activities - new meetings scheduled in April 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Trees in built environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation - Trees in built environment - S Glendinning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual meeting with Simon Abbott via Teams 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Detailed discussion of pathways to impact
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (BGA/ICE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (BGA/ICE) Talk: Ground Engineering in Jurassic Mudstones
An evening talk to present HS2 ground engineering and research, attended by 194 people. Speakers: N Sartain, S Butler, K Briggs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description discussion with Environment Agency on collaboration and field sites 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact progressed discussion on collaborations and field site development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description iSMART/ACHILLES presentation at tradeshow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact presentation of the outcomes from iSMART and the plans for ACHILLES to a broad audience. It resulted in in-depth discussions and reached people outside out normal network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description invited lecture to East Midlands Geological Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30+ people attended the invited lecture that reported on previous work of iSMART project and current research conducted by ACHILLES programme grant. Attendees were from a range of backgrounds. Several travelled from beyond midlands to attend. Following the lecture there was lively debate. It has resulted in broadening actively engaged stakeholder network and intensification of links with key consultants who attended subsequent events organised by ACHILLES
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description meeting with Environment Agency to discuss potential field sites 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of research plans followed by discussion of potential collaboration and development of field sites
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description presentation at CIRIA event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Present findings from iSMART and seek engagement with newly funded Programme Grant - sparked questions and willingness to engage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018