EngD Studentship: 3-D Data Capture and Monitoring using HS2 Service Train Imagery

Loughborough University

Start date: 01/04/2018     

Interview date:  5-16 February 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Rene Wackrow

Secondary supervisors: Prof Jim Chandler


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

Project Detail:

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of High Speed Two – the largest construction project in Europe – and ensure it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways. Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, HS2 is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design, build and operation of the HS2 railway.

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited

The project’s aim is to investigate the potential of imagery acquired from HS2 trains to capture 3-D data representing trackside infrastructure. Such imagery and Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry will be used to generate 3-D representations and monitor change. The research will address the uncertainty of spatial data quality derived from high speed camera platforms and will help to facilitate improved provision of information to monitor change in high speed rail infrastructure. For further information go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/cice/vacancies/

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

Entry requirements:

Applicants will need at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a background in civil engineering or related fields. A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

Desired skills: Photogrammetry, Image Processing, Surveying, Programming or related skills.

Funding information:

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st April 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,413 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Contact details:

For information about the research project, please contact:

Name: Dr Rene Wackrow

Email address: r.wackrow@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number: (01509) 222585

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mrs Jackie Williams

Email address: J.Williams2@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number: (01509) 228 549

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P03/Photogrammetry

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