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'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard
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The vast network of utility services buried underground is fundamental to the way we live today, however around 4 million holes are dug into UK roads each year resulting in traffic disruption, high costs and wasted man hours. Not only this, inaccurate, incomplete and/or out-of-date information on the existence and location of utility assets poses problems for new construction or rehabilitation works and many projects don't go according to plan. Dr Nicole Metje, School of Civil Engineering, has spent nearly two years as the academic advisor for a dedicated committee working on the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) project, which sought to address some of these challenges.

Positive news for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences as University celebrates best ever performance in National Student Survey

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Birmingham students are more satisfied with their teaching and learning than ever before according to The National Student Survey (NSS) – the most comprehensive measure of student satisfaction within higher education. The success was reflected in the College with the majority of the nine Schools seeing an increase in subject satisfaction. Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science saw outstanding results with 98% overall satisfaction.

Drones are fun toys until you get hit in the face by one

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Professor Bob Stone writes for The Conversation:

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, becomes Honorary Professor in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Dean of Engineering at Taylor's University, Malaysia, was appointed Honorary Professor of the University of Birmingham, this summer.

College offers 'headstart' to young STEM students

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This summer, the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences continued to open its doors to young students from schools locally and nationally to give a taster of what might be to come. Promoting the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines, colleagues from across the 9 Schools hosted a range of innovative and engaging activities and challenges, including constructing scale bridges and external industry visits.
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November 2013

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Dr Graham P Smith talks about our new telescope which is available to the public, Professor Kai Bongs briefs us on Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld and Michael Grove asks Engineering: skills or qualifications? And more...

October 2013

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Professor Paul Newman commented, via Expert Alert, on the significance of the Nobel prize win by Higgs and Englert. Dr Zoe Schnepp's research findings that jelly-making protein could help make cheap fuel cells. Professor Bill Chaplin and Dr Andrea Miglio's research into a star that spins out of alignment and more...

September 2013

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Dr Nick Hawes' new research into the development of robots to be used in care homes and for security purposes featured on CBS, Dr Simon Cotton talks about chemical warfare, Prof Bob Stone talks about state cash for gaming , and more
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