EPSRC-funded ACHILLES Programme
The ACHILLES (Assessment, Costing and enHancement of long life Long Linear Assets) programme is a £4.8 million project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
ACHILLES will examine how ‘long linear infrastructure assets’, such as road and railway slopes, pipeline bedding and flood protection structures, can be better maintained and monitored to make them more resilient for the future.
It is being led by Newcastle University and involves the expertise from the universities of Newcastle, Southampton, Durham, Loughborough, Leeds and Bath, as well as the British Geological Survey, major infrastructure owners and their consultants.
In this programme, Bath’s role – led by Dr Kevin Briggs – will be to challenge current understandings of the way in which these assets deteriorate.