Civil engineer

Civil & Environmental Engineering Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure

We're involved in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary infrastructure research covering a wide range of topics.

These topics include:

  • the design of sustainable infrastructures systems
  • monitoring of structural systems with advanced sensing technologies
  • durability of concrete structures
  • advanced low-carbon construction materials
  • wind energy structures
  • water distribution systems
  • urban drainage systems
  • fire resistant steel structures

With a long tradition of excellence in research, education, and service to the profession, our infrastructure research has led to innovative developments that foster our position at the forefront of the profession.

Head of Centre

Daniele Zonta

The Head of the Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure is:

Main areas of research

Advanced materials science & applications

Materials science is broadly defined as the science and understanding of both man-made and naturally occurring materials. These can range from spiders' web silk, to printed circuit boards and from polymers to minerals formed under high pressure in oil wells.

The subject is vast and uses techniques and methods from every branch of science to understand, create and control substances and materials in our everyday lives.

Computational structures

The Computational structures group's aim is to enable the creation and development of high-performance, reliable and secure computing systems and programs that can be used to design, optimise and analyse complex structural systems.

The group is currently conducting research in the areas of inflatable structures, portal frames in fire and sustainable infrastructure design.


Our research is focussed on:

  • water resources (hydrogeology)
  • water infrastructure
  • water policy (trans-boundary aquifers)
  • water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Modelling travel behaviour

We seek to understand how and in what way factors associated with the built environment, technology and society influence travel behaviour. This research has important implications for the future development of cities.