Department of the Built Environment's facilities
Providing specialist, modern facilities for students and staff
Providing the best possible equipment for our students and staff is one of our Department’s key priorities, which is why we not only provide well-equipped workshops, but our Department also has: a structural testing laboratory, a concrete laboratory, a radio frequency and microwave laboratory, a highways research laboratory and an industrial chemistry laboratory.
James Parsons Building
Soil mechanics laboratory
Tests can be carried out in this lab to identify the properties and strength parameters of soils, which aid in the design of structures above or below ground.
The hydraulics laboratory lets us examine the properties of fluids and forces involved with static fluids and fluids in motion using scale models and prototype structures. It also covers the analysis of experimental work in fluid mechanics mainly dealing with water.
The Department has invested heavily in high-grade surveying equipment and over the past three years has acquired two high-precision RTK GPS sets and a 3D Laser Scanner. This laboratory can provide a full and comprehensive range of surveying equipment for all practical surveying purposes.
Light structures and materials laboratory
This facility is equipped for the testing of model structures using a variety of model testing frames which allow students to model elastic and plastic deformation of structures.
Building Information Modelling
All students studying one of our courses will have access to our Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and expertise. This is a fast-developing area. Extensive investment in IT and software has been a feature of the Department’s development over recent years and students will be introduced to industry standard BIM packages.
The Department has three purpose-built Smart Homes which are used to conduct a variety of research projects. These houses are retro-fitted with technology to represent the different types of UK homes: one uses Victorian technology, another uses 1930s technology and the final one uses technology from the year 2000.