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Civil Engineering paper in 2016 Publications Wall of Frames

The College ‘Publications Wall of Frames’ was launched in December 2014 as a way of acknowledging the impact of research and innovation within the College. The framed front covers of 24 highly cited publications by College staff are displayed on the wall space outside the College Office on level 1 of the Engineering & Materials Science Centre Building. A civil engineering publication by Linh Truong-Hong, Debra Laefer, Tommy Hinks et al has been selected for 2016 by the College Research Innovation & Impact Board...

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Royal Irish Academy painting the portrait of Prof. Debra Laefer

Staff at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin has decided to honour the past achievements of the first four women elected as members of the RIA and eight female scientists currently working in Irish academic institutions. All 12 are to be the subject of specially-commissioned portraits, with the eight scientists together in a group portrait. Our Professor in UCD Civil Engineering School, Debra Laefer, is amongst the selected eight women scientists.

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'Le Tour de France', Technology enriched learning featured in T&L showcase

There is a constant need to look for new ways of motivating students, of providing them prompt feedback and of helping them to retain the material at lectures. This need is met here by introducing a novel formative assessment that makes lectures more entertaining and promotes student attendance and engagement. It consists of a game (a cyclist race simulating ‘Le Tour de France’) built around a Student Response System...

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Researchers at Civil Engineering awarded Charlemont Scholarships

Dr Luke J. Prendergast and Dr Linh Truong-Hong, both researchers in the School of Civil Engineering, received Charlemont Scholarships at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. The scheme, named in honour of the Academy’s first president, and notable Grand Tourist, James Caulfeild, the first Earl of Charlemont (1728-99), facilitates short international visits for the conduct of primary research in any subject area.

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Constructing Social Spaces

The aim of this project is to improve the quality of the social spaces in the Newstead Building through staff-student collaboration. The Newstead Building and surrounding spaces have the potential to be a social hub, but there sometimes exists a disconnect between the space provided and the needs of the building users. This project will bridge this gap by facilitating the staff and students in the School of Civil Engineering work together to design and build according to their needs...

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Augmented reality comes to UCD Civil Engineering

Mr. Soroosh Jalilvand, a doctoral student in the School of Civil Engineering at UCD, with support provided by Prof. Debra Laefer, has brought high-tech visualisation into the teaching arena for geotechnics and surveying through the implementation of a soil/water augmented reality system. The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox is the first of its kind in Irish universities.