Aims & Objectives

The aim of the MAGIC project is to develop novel monitoring systems for earth structures exposed to climatic hazard. This collaborative effort between industry and academia is expected to result in new commercial instruments and data management systems that will lead to a major reduction of uncertainties in the design and maintenance of geotechnical infrastructure, such as road and railway embankments, levees, natural slopes and foundations. This aim is particularly pertinent in light of the changing climate.

The key objectives are summarised below:

Work Package 1 – High-capacity Tensiometer

To design a tensiometer with back-pressurisation system

To develop experimental procedures for first ‘factory’ saturation of the high air-entry filter

To develop experimental procedures for periodical re-saturation by pressurisation of the high air-entry filter

Work Package 2 – Penetrometer

To develop a porous filter design for measurement under dynamic conditions (relative sliding)

To develop an ‘assembled’ penetrometer tip incorporating a device for measurement of pore water tension

To develop an easy-to-use portable device for field re-saturation by pressurisation

Work Package 3 – Geo-physical Methods

To develop suitable procedures (including semi-empirical equations) to relate water content to electrical conductivity

To assess scale effects on the water content-electrical conductivity and water content-dielectric permittivity relationships and develop suitable experimental procedures to estimate calibration functions for ERT, GPR, and EM profiling

To assess and compare different Geo-physical methods for water
content imaging

Work Package 4 – Data Control Software

To develop an analytical/semi-analytical one-dimensional model for water flow incorporating ‘climatic’ boundary conditions

To develop an objective function to optimise parameter estimation

To develop a criterion for rejection of monitoring data

Work Package 5 – ‘Benchmark’ Instrumented Site

To calibrate in the laboratory a wide range of sensors for suction and water content measurement and compare accuracy, response time and repeatability

To install in the field a wide range of sensors and compare them for easiness of installation and operational procedures

To compare field response of a wide range of sensors in the field including those developed by MAGIC

Work Package 6 – Dissemination, Training and IPR

To train geotechnical engineers, scientist and practitioners in advanced soil monitoring. This will be achieved through secondments and training courses.

To disseminate the results to scientists and geotechnical professionals via publications and annual workshops

To protect intellectual property and commercially exploit the foreground