Unprecedented efficiencies in the design and construction of foundations is promised by a new collaborative partnership between industry and academia.
The agreement between Keltbray and City, University of London will focus on development of innovative technical solutions for the foundation sector.
City has said that the work streams that will be undertaken by the partnership span the entire supply chain and aim to develop lean and efficient products and services. According to the university, these new developments are projected to enter the civil engineering marketplace within the next two years.
The two organisations have said that they recognise the centrality of the construction industry in the UK economy and fully embrace the government’s industrial strategy and vision for Construction 2025 through this agreement.
Keltbray Group innovation director Michael Pelken said: “In the risk-averse field of construction, the creation of technologically progressive, environmentally ground-breaking or economically disruptive solutions have been compromised by slow innovation cycles. We are looking to close acknowledged gaps between academic and industry-led research and development models by intensifying the knowledge and technology transfer between the two settings.
“This collaboration agreement is part of our wider ambition to increase our technological awareness and progress a number of innovative ideas that we have. The scope hereby spans from development to deployment and the dissemination of new knowledge. We can only achieve this through new, exciting collaboration models between leading industry, supply chain, and academic partners.”
City professor of soil mechanics Sarah Stallebrass said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Keltbray to exploit current and future innovation and research in order to drive a step change in foundation construction methodology. The collaboration will result in genuine benefits to both the construction industry and the UK economy, alongside significant improvements in sustainability. We are already developing a close and productive partnership leading to optimised solutions, which we hope will be sustained for many years.”