The Soga Research Group carries out research in the field of geotechnical and infrastructure engineering. We are interested in developing new monitoring technologies, which allow gaining insight into the behavior of infrastructure, detecting anomalies, and providing data for performance analyses. On top of that, we are also conducting research on city-scale modeling and simulations to evaluate the value of sensing for better management of infrastructure during operation as well as for better response during and after natural disasters such as earthquakes and wildfires. Therefore, three fields of research are required – sensing technology, city-scale modeling, and computational geomechanics.

Computational Geomechanics

The group conducts research in the field of computational geomechanics using a variety of methods such as the finite element method (FEM), the lattice element method (LEM), or the material point method (MPM) with applications to landslides and slope failures, tunneling and soil-pipeline interactions and deep borehole drilling. Energy Geotechnics Methane hydrate and geothermal are clean unconventional energy resources, which will replace traditional fossil fuel… Read More »Computational Geomechanics

City-scale Modeling

Traffic We interact with the transportation system in our daily life: regular commute trips, weekend excursions; in rare but critical situations such as disaster evacuations and relocations. In modern life, we are blessed with easy means of traffic, however, at the same time, plagued by issues such as congestion, emission/pollution and capacity bottleneck in evacuation situations. Many of the issues related to the traffic system… Read More »City-scale Modeling

Sensing Technology

The sensor technologies and methodologies are developed to transform the future of infrastructure and geomechanics through smart information. The data gathered permits an assessment of the behavior of the infrastructure in its environment and allows performance analyses. The group develops, tests, and delivers new robust, resilient, and adaptable technologies, such as distributed fiber optic sensors (DFOS), wireless sensor network (WSN), energy harvesting, and computer vision.… Read More »Sensing Technology