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Infrastructure and Built Environment

ÉTS researchers are helping the construction industry modernize its practices by incorporating advanced technologies and smart processes. They’re also trying to improve the lifespan of construction works by designing geophysical technologies that will improve our knowledge of the soil and its interactions with existing infrastructure. And they’re doing all this using environmentally sound practices. 

Primary areas of research in infrastructure and built environment

Five strategic directions are at the forefront at ÉTS:

  • Put leading edge technologies to use in construction methods.
  • Develop smart processes for construction management.
  • Develop approaches and techniques to improve the lifespan of existing construction works.
  • Contribute to improving risk management in both urban and rural contexts.
  • Participate in the development of sustainable and resilient cities.

Chairs and research units related to infrastructure and built environment

Deteriorating infrastructures affect Quebec and, indeed, the entire western world, so there is no lack of rehabilitation projects. Icon
Omar Chaallal: Keeping the Old with the New

Almost half of Québec’s built heritage requires renovation. Omar Chaallal, a professor in ÉTS’s Department of Construction Engineering, is a world-renowned specialist in this field who works on major rehabilitation projects. He is particularly interested in the use of composite materials.

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