The Civil Research Group is part of the Faculty of Engineering of the Lusófona University in Lisbon, rooted in the civil engineering field for sustainable and resilient infrastructure. It is focused on four research areas (with specific research topics):
- Structural Health Monitoring
- Hygrothermal Behaviour of Buildings
- Construction Materials
- Sustainable Road Infrastructure Materiais and Design
Today, civil construction faces a series of challenges and trends that will fundamentally transform the way we conceive, design and (re) construct buildings and infrastructure. The fourth industrial revolution, namely the use of intelligent robots and autonomous vehicles, sustainability and energy efficiency are leading civil construction to a different orbit than the one we have known for several decades.
Sustainable Development Goals
This group contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 and related SDGs 12 and 13, by promoting sustainable and resilient infrastructure through the introduction of new technologies, materials, and innovation intended to facilitate efficient use of resources and guarantee the safety and comfort of people.
Specifically, this group contributes to the:
- SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) by developing sustainable and resilient infrastructures and promoting an efficient use of resources;
- SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) in order to do more and better with less materials, by promoting the circular economy of materials and the repeated use of the same material without downgrading its functionality which increases resource efficiency and leads to low-carbon and green economies; and
- SDG 13 (Climate Action) in order to take action to combat climate change and its impacts, by mitigating the carbon dioxide emissions through the production of new materials with less footprint in carbon emissions and adapting the existing structures.