The Civil Engineering Institute of EPFL
Urban population growth, scarcity of resources and climate change will create situations where traditional civil-engineering practice is no longer appropriate. While civil engineers have strived to do “more with less” for centuries, they now need to do this proactively in challenging contexts of high environmental uncertainty and limited material availability.
The mission of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL is to combine expertise across a broad range of disciplines with world-class experimental facilities to develop significant scientific results, advanced learning support and appropriate innovation and technology transfer for the next generation of engineers. These engineers shall either become specialists or be able to collaborate with specialists from EPFL and elsewhere to meet society’s needs through improving the quality of life, lowering environmental impact and reducing life-cycle costs.
Our core disciplines:
The Civil Engineering Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne performs research in the core disciplines of Civil Engineering (structures and materials, transportation and networks, geosystems and natural resources), as well as research at the interface with environmental engineering (fluids) and at the interface with architecture (buildings physics).
The research conducted in our laboratories and research groups fosters excellence in fundamental and applied research.
We offer exceptional experimental facilities at various scales including the ability to test large-scale structures in our experimental halls.
With the emergence of the EPFL Valais and EPFL Fribourg (Smart Living Lab) campuses, the Civil Engineering Institute is going through an exciting growth phase.
Dimitrios Lignos, Director of Civil Engineering Institute
Sophie Bauer, Administrative Assistant
New book on occupant-centric building design
ETHOS contributes to new open-access book on occupant-centric simulation-aided building design.
M. Bastien Masse invited for a talk at CGI Conseil public seminar
On Tuesday May 16th, Dr. Maléna Bastien Masse, scientific collaborator at the Structural Xploratin Lab, will talk about the revalorisation of the built stock at the next seminar organized by the real-estate consulting company CGI conseils. Focusing on th reuse of materials in renovations and constructions, the seminar also includes interventions from Francesco Della Casa (cantonal architect for the state of Geneva), Diane Barbier-Mueller (director at Pilet & Renaud), and Achim Siegele (architect at Pilet & Renaud).
C. Fivet at Collegium Helveticum for workshop on reuse
This Friday May 12th, Prof. Corentin Fivet (Structural Xploration Lab) is invited for a talk at the Collegium Helveticum, Zürich. Titled "Waste no More, Design Tools for Reusing Timber, Steel, and Concrete in New Building Structures", the talk is part of an afternoon workshop on "Building Blocks for Reuse – Art, Ethics, and Engineering", organized by Profs. Carl Haas (UWaterloo) and Bryan Adey (ETH Zürich). Corentin Fivet will speak alongside Catherine De Wolf (ETH Zürich) and Raphaël Bach (Materiuum Geneva).