Civil and Environmental Engineering

Immersive virtual reality serious games to implement lean -based planning methods in construction and engineering projects

Supervisor

Dr Vicente Gonzalez

Faculty of Engineering

Project code: ENG012

The combination of immersive virtual reality (IVR) and serious games (SG), which ultimate goal is other than just entertainment, is becoming popular especially for training and simulation purposes. In this project, a lean-based planning method called Last Planner System(LPS), which is a production planning and control approach focused on reducing workflow variability and increasing planning reliability of construction and engineering projects, will be simulated in order to generate a variety of production and inter-organisational scenarios in a controlled environment. The main outcome will be to generate a training environment proof of concept where users can learn how to apply the LPS in real projects and collect behavioural data from the interactions of the users with the virtual environment.

Development of a resilient-slip friction device for coupled shear walls in concrete and timber

Supervisor

Prof. Pierre Quenniville

Faculty of Engineering

Project code: ENG013

In current earthquake technology using coupled shearwall lateral load resisting systems, hold-downs at the bottom corners are the only available technology. This results in the development of very high tensile forces in the shear wall edges. One potential alternative to this is the use of frequent devices that transfer the shearwall forces in shear along the height of the wall. This alternative would result in much thinner walls. During the scholarship, the student will be developing the “shear device” concept, its connection to the concrete or timber shearwalls, its sizes and capacities and plan for a device test. If progress is good, a full-scale test may be scheduled in the Structures Test Hall (with support from the research team).

Enhancing the degradation of new and emerging contaminants by stimulating bacteria to produce enzymes

Supervisor

Assoc. Prof. Naresh Singhal

Faculty of Engineering

Project code: ENG014

Enhancing the degradation of new and emerging contaminants by stimulating bacteria to produce enzymes.

Membrane filtration processes for efficient separation of contaminants from industrial effluent

Supervisor

Assoc. Prof. Naresh Singhal

Faculty of Engineering

Project code: ENG015

Membrane filtration processes for efficient separation of contaminants from industrial effluent.

Up-scaling solutions for converting waste plastics into a valuable resource

Supervisor

Assoc. Prof. Naresh Singhal

Faculty of Engineering

Project code: ENG016

Up-scaling solutions for converting waste plastics into a valuable resource.