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Case Studies

Our case studies showcase academic research from across the Department that has had an impact on the world or local community, and feature some of our current academics, research staff, Alumni and students.

Digital Underground Construction

Geotechnical Engineering

A substantial amount of new infrastructure is required to cope with growing populations and the effects of climate change ‒ and efficient use of underground space appears the most viable and sustainable solution. The ‘FOCUS’ project is innovating in the underground construction sector to provide more cost-effective and sustainable critical infrastructure.

Alumni Callum Coghlan

Helping to drive the energy transition


Alumni Callum Coghlan graduated this year with a 1st Class Engineering Science MEng. During his time at Oxford he developed a keen interest in energy and sustainability, which led to an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London and subsequently to the European arm of US Management Consultancy company Guidehouse.

Improving technology to support offshore wind production

Civil Engineering

An Oxford research team has improved engineering design for the ‘monopile’ foundations that support offshore wind turbines – reducing costs to enable the economic scale up of wind energy.

The Role of Robotics


Recent Oxford Post-Doc Romeo Orsolino discusses the role of robotics in manufacturing and his new employer, technology company and electric vehicle maker Arrival