universidade lusófona

Civil Research Group

For sustainable and resilient infrastructure

The Civil Research Group is part of the Faculty of Engineering of the Lusófona University in Lisbon, rooted in the civil engineering field, focused on four research areas (with specific research topics): Structural Health Monitoring, Hygrothermal Behaviour of Buildings, Construction Materials, and Sustainable Road Infrastructure Materials and Design. This group is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 9.

Short Course 12h | Introduction to Structural Health Monitoring (2nd Edition)

be-READY – Resilient road pavements for sustainability

08 AUGUST 2022

The Project “be-READY – REsilient roAD pavements for sustainabilitY” of Prof. Vítor Antunes was approved.

A Road for Adaptation of Bridges to Climate Change

Seminar: Auditorium Agostinho da Silva, Lusófona University | September 27, 2022 | Lisbon, Portugal | Public and free access This seminar intends to bring together experts from the bridge engineering field and academia, climatologists, bridge authorities, and decision makers to understand the impacts of climate change on the health of bridges and to propose cost-effective adaptation strategies.

Workshop on Bio-Green-Circular Economy

31 May 2022

Took place the first workshop on bio green circular economy, by putting together three major fields: civil, environmental, and biotechnology engineering.

App4SHM – Smartphone application for structural health monitoring

Development of a smartphone application to monitor the structural health of buildings and special structures (like bridges) after catastrophic events.

Reconhecer Project: Public presentation of the main conclusions

20 APRIL 2022

After three years in the making, the main conclusions of the Reconhecer Project were publicly disclosed with the presence of the Mayor of Barcelos, Mário Constantino, and two of its authors Eloi Figueiredo and Luís Oliveira Santos (Câmara Municipal de Barcelos).

New publication on SHM of Bridges

27 MARCH 2022

Based on experience over 30 years in bridge monitoring, Eloi Figueiredo and James Brownjohn just had an article published on the last three decades of statistical pattern recognition paradigm for structural health monitoring of bridges.

The Bridge Tuners

24 MARCH 2022

Download the last DNIT’s issue and find more about the “The Bridge Tuners” by Ionut Moldovan and a short description of the bridge field tests carried out by the CRG in Brazil (October 2021).
“The Bridge Tuners” (This opinion article was originally written in Portuguese.) Did you know that the vibrations of a bridge are an authentic ‘fingerprint’ of that bridge? Well, now you do, so the next time you are on a bridge feeling shaken by the passing of a truck, instead of thinking “Oh, we are so going to die!!”, think instead that the vibration you are feeling belongs only to that bridge, and that there is no other bridge in the world that would vibrate in the same way.

Special Issue | Sustainability in Pavement Materials and Design

Sustainable Road Infrastructure Materials and Design

Considering the goals for sustainable development and future, and the opportunities to improve our transportation infrastructures, namely the road infrastructure. This new research area is an evoluation from the “road pavement materials”.

Hygrothermal optimization of buildings considering climate change

The hygrothermal behaviour of historic buildings that house artefacts can be studied through a non-destructive methodology, which enables to assess the impact of climate change in the indoor climate of buildings and, consequently, to find measures to mitigate its negative effects.

Application of photogrammetry to bridge monitoring

Video-based approaches are rooted in the photogrammetry whose principles were first developed as a means to create maps from aerial photographs.

Summer Course on Structural Health Monitoring

The main goal of this summer course is to introduce the concept of structural health monitoring (SHM) applied to bridges and special civil structures to MSc and PhD students from several European institutions. Note that due to bureaucratic issues, this course hasn’t been confirmed yet.
5 ECTS | June 26-30, 2023, in person (30h) | 15h remotely | MSc and PhD Students

ClimaBridge Project

For more information: ClimaBridge Project – Impact of climate change on the structural health of bridges. This project is coordinated by Eloi Figueiredo.