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Are you passionate about resilience of civil infrastructure, particularly about wet infrastructure? Do you want to join an extensive interdisciplinary research and capacity building programme Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering (DeSIRE) in 4TU Resilience Engineering research centre?
We are looking for a postdoc to reinforce our team. Together with academic and industrial partners, we seek to carrying out an inventory review of exiting sensing technologies and measurement interpretation approaches for wet infrastructure.
Waterways are important assets of the wet infrastructure. For example, locks and weirs control the water level and support navigation. The wear and tear of these structures and their constituents (e.g., walls in locks), and erosion/scour of canal beds result from increasing numbers of evermore powerful ships, and floods/draughts (consequences of global warming). Asset owners seek, first, for understanding and, then, characterizing the performance of these structures to (i) make them resilient (accommodating uncertainties that future brings) and (ii) plan maintenance activities (prolonging their operational lives). Future loading scenarios can be simulated on numerical replicas of structures. But first, accurate input data is needed. With appropriate sensing systems the data (or measurements) can be acquired. Scarce studies of available sensing systems and their applications for monitoring locks and weirs introduce then need for an inventory review. In addition, the following monitoring studies could be undertaken:
The review will strengthen ongoing collaborations with existing partners (Rijkswaterstaat, Waterschap Vechtstromen, Heijmans, Province of Overijssel, Camino network), who provide access to assets and practitioners managing and operating them, develop domain expertise and extend our network to Geotechnical group at Deltares.
Anticipated outcomes of the project
We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
University of Twente (UT)
Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB, Enschede
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