Analytical laboratory, civil & environmental engineering

Civil & Environmental EngineeringOur facilities

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a professional range of services for commercial and academic clients including state-of-the art laboratory, office and conference space.

Our environmental section provides routine and bespoke analyses in both chemical and biological arenas. Our chemical work covers everything from conventional water chemistry to forensic determination of complex, unknown samples. Biological work takes place in a Biological Containment level 2 facilities. The group has extensive versatility with specialisation in characterisation of microorganisms and their activities in the environment and engineered systems. We can also assist in areas of air quality monitoring and pollution exposure assessments.

Instrumentation in our Environmental Laboratories can be booked for external use for organic and inorganic analysis. New to the department in 2016, we acquired an ICP-OES, expanding our capability to analyse metals/elements. Coming in 2017, we will be commissioning our new Radiochemistry Laboratory.

Through our Geomechanical laboratories, we offer professional expertise in traditional Civil Engineering techniques and in more specialised areas of material sciences, geoscience and ground investigations.

In the last year, the department expanded its instrumentation to include XCT (X-ray computed tomography) and AFM (atomic force microscopy). This new equipment complements nicely this area of research with the department’s existing Mastersizer, Zeta-sizer and humidity chamber.