GEOFEM has taken part in the following research and development activities:
GEOFEM was a core partner in the ground-breaking EASIT project, funded by the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme. EASIT developed the Competency Tracker and Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) certification for engineering analysis and simulation now adopted and maintained by the international association NAFEMS. Thanks to the EASIT project, the skills required to perform engineering analysis and simulation in industry have been defined and analysts and engineering managers alike can track achievement of competency and manage work-based training effectively. GEOFEM played a key role in assessing industry needs in this area and helped to ensure that the project deliverables met these needs as closely as possible.
Modelling soil-geogrid interaction
Current methods of modelling geogrid layers in finite element analyses often significantly under-predict their performance when compared with field trials and monitored structures. GEOFEM is working with Tensar to develop new modelling methods that provide more realistic predictions and which realise the full potential of geogrid-stabilised soil.
GEOFEM coordinated the COGAN project funded by the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme which tailored the deliverables of the EASIT project to geotechnical numerical analysis. With the other project partners, activities included surveying the needs of industry, defining the competences needed to perform geotechnical numerical analysis, developing an web-based platform to look-up and record achievement of competences and the creation of E-learning modules.