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Space-borne assessment of infrastructure conditions.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project will use Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) monitoring to assess the structural vulnerability of infrastructure assets; it will be run in collaboration with Dr Pietro Milillo at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

While traditional monitoring requires in-situ installation and a preliminary evaluation of vulnerable structures, very recent advances in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques enable remote monitoring over extensive areas, providing quasi-real time and highly dense measurements with sub-millimetres accuracy. To exploit this vast improvement in data acquisition this project will use InSAR data as input to improved assessment procedures for the measurement of infrastructure relative displacements, and the early detection of damage indicators.

The research involves the analysis and processing of satellite-based displacement measurements, computational and analytical modelling, collaborative work, preparation of journal papers and result dissemination to diverse audience. Temporary research stays at the partner institution (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology) may be possible.


The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or equivalent). Candidates whose first language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each module) or equivalent.

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Department of Architectuire & Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Expected start date: January 2020

Funding Notes

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend of £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years. Overseas applicants are not eligible to apply for this funding.

How good is research at University of Bath in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.38

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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