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Thrust 4: Subsurface Exploration and Excavation

Subsurface Exploration and Excavation Projects encourage and foster an inherent synergy within Center activities. An initial suite of projects has been identified that contribute to the systems engineering and translational aspects of Center research. These projects include development of a simulator for coupled bio-thermo-hydro-chemical-mechanical processes and a tool for life cycle sustainability assessment of biogeotechnical systems; a laboratory for bio-memetic studies; and development of bio-inspired sensors. Ongoing Center review and evaluation will lead to additional projects over the life of the Center.

Subsurface Exploration and Excavation Faculty

  • Lead: J.D. Frost, Civil and Environmental Engineering, GT
  • D. Aukes, Engineering, ASU
  • D. Cortes, Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • S. Dai, Civil and Environmental Engineering, GT
  • J. DeJong, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCD
  • D. Goldman, Physics, GT
  • A. Kendall, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCD
  • A. Martinez, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCD
  • H. Marvi, Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, ASU
  • J. Tao, Sustainable Engineering and Build Environment, ASU
  • D. Wilson, Center for Geotechnical Modeling, UCD

Thrust 4 Projects

ID NumberProject Title
PR20GUSANO: Utilitarian Subterranean Annelid Inspired Geoprobe
PR21Geotechnics of Bio-Locomotion and Self-Excavating Systems
PR47Bio-Inspired Self-Propelling Sensorial Systems
PR48Snakeskin-inspired Anisotropic Surfaces
PR49Universal Biomechanical Processes
PR59Field Prototype of BUROS for site investigations
PR66Angel Wing shells (cyrtopleura costata) inspired hard rock drilling
PR67Bio-inspired underground communication
PR69CAREER: Integrated Research and Education on Bio-Inspired Burrowing (Associated)
PR70EAGER SitS: Active Self-Boring Robots that Enable Next Generation Dynamic Underground Wireless Sensing Networks: Fusion of Fast Prototyping, Modeling and Learning (Associated)