Innovation awards

The Innovation Award for Long Term Collaboration was jointly awarded to CardiffUniversity’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and TerraDat for its project assessing landslide risks in south Wales.

The south Wales valleys have one of the highest risks of active landsliding in the UK due to a number of complex geological, landscape and historical coal mining factors. The joint initiative explores ways to quickly assess areas which are most at risk from landslides.

The team use novel techniques, such as small hand-controlled helium balloons with digital cameras and GPS controlled high-resolution geophysical surveying. Data collected provides critical information on the area observed and is combined to create a 3D computer model of the landside to help engineers with risk management.

The long-term project has given students and academics the opportunity to use advanced geophysical equipment and techniques, coupled with academic conference and research gains. When completed in 2009 it is hoped the results from the project will help those at risk from landslide all around the world. TerraDat will also gain significantly from the market potential for rapid, long-term landslide monitoring.

The Cardiff University Innovation Awards recognises successful collaborations forged between the university and the world of business. BioFusion and Geldards sponsored this year’s awards.