UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Groups, centres and sections

Browse the list below and find out more about the Research Groups, Centres and Sections within the the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.
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The 3DIMPact Research Group (3D Imaging, Photogrammetry and Metrology, Applied Coordinate Technologies) carries out a wide variety of scientific and applied research on high-quality imaging and modelling.

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The Advanced & Innovative Materials Group promotes industry-driven, interdisciplinary research in material science and engineering in order to provide leading-edge, sustainable solutions to the challenges facing engineers in today’s changing society and environment.

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The objective of the Accessibility Research Group is to make the world accessible to everyone. We aim to understand how people navigate their environment during everyday activities, and how poor design of transport systems could be improved to provide accessible systems that enable everyone to achieve their full potential.

Aerial view of London urban infrastructure such as buildings, roads, and trees

Behaviour & Infrastructure Group

The Behaviour & Infrastructure Group (BIG) aims to build a deeper understanding of urban systems and infrastructure networks using human behaviour as the central component of analysis.

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The Centre for Resource Efficiency & the Environment aims to “engineer a world without waste”.

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The Centre for Transport Studies is one of the world's leading multi-disciplinary transport centres and is an integral part of UCL's Transport Institute.

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Engineering for International Development Centre

EfID is a new Centre which researches engineering solutions for human development and wellbeing, addressing Sustainable Development Goals using locally acceptable water-sanitation-energy approaches.

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EPICentre, an interdisciplinary centre for natural hazards resilience, investigates risks from natural hazards to society, the built environment and the natural environment. Our research projects adopt a range of skills for tackling complex real-world problems.

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Fluid Mechanics

The Fluid Mechanics Group's research includes hydrodynamics in inland, estuarine, coastal and offshore waters, transport and mixing in the environment, fluvial hydraulics and airflow and pollution in urban areas.

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UCL Geomatics Section is involved in the science, engineering and modelling of measurements and data relating to Earth and its environment.

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A complementary group with expertise in laboratory and field testing, constitutive modelling and numerical analysis, from micromechanical up to continuum approaches.

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The Healthy Infrastructure Research Group studies how we can make our environment healthier and how to reduce the spread of infections.

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Industrial Ecology and Policy

The Industrial Ecology and Policy group investigates the role of public policy in managing the stocks and flows of materials and energy in society. 

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Infrastructure Systems Institute

The Infrastructure Systems Institute (ISI) uses multidisciplinary approaches to investigate and recommend change to infrastructure systems. Given the uncertainties of broad climate and technological change, this demands a focus on resilience and sustainability.   


Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-Based Construction Materials

The Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials seeks to provide national and global leadership in research to support the transition to a sustainable Circular Economy in the built environment.

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PEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory) is a unique facility designed to explore the ways in which people interact with their environment.

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Parnassus is an interdisciplinary research project investigating the effects of climate change, particularly flooding and wind-driven rain, on cultural heritage, and the protective adaptation needed.

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Photogrammetry and 3D Imaging

Find out more about UCL CEGE's recent activities in the area of photogrammetry and 3D imaging.

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The Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economic Research (QASER) laboratory provides pioneering and sustainable financial and economic solutions to spatial investment challenges.

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Railway Research

The UCL Railway Research Group is part of UCL's Centre for Transport Studies, and includes a wide range of researchers with different backgrounds working on various railway related issues. 

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SpaceTimeLab’s mission is to generate actionable insights from geo-located and time-stamped data for government, business and society.

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UCL-squared - or the Universal Composition Laboratory at UCL - investigates and improves the multi-sensorial design of our environment in space and time, through collaborative and applied research.

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The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering accommodates two of UCL’s key Engineering-led infrastructure initiatives: the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) and the Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL).

KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Urban Ecohydrology Lab

The UCL Urban Ecohydrology Lab investigates the processes, scales and feedbacks linking the form and functioning of cities to their eco-hydro-climatic conditions.

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USAR carries out world-leading, interdisciplinary research into sustainability and resilience in the urban environment. We manage postgraduate programmes and work with industry and NGOs.

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UUAIR is the Research Centre between the Institute of Urban Diversity & Mobility (UDM), based in Taiwan, and UCL. 

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The Vertical Offshore Reference Frames research project is an ongoing collaboration between University College London and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.