[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP160100649]
Researchers Dr Jie Li; Dr Donald Cameron; Dr Annan Zhou; Dr Gregory Moore; Mr Peter Bayetto
Brief description This project aims to develop a rational and reliable model to reduce the risk of damage to structures and increase tree plantings in suburban environments. Trees are vital to urban environmental sustainability, but local government, house-owners, engineers and the building industry are concerned about building damage and settlement from tree root drying. If tree water needs and patterns of moisture extraction were predictable, house footings could be designed reliably. This research will provide such understanding through field experiments on suburban sites with trees, investigating damaged structures and numerical modelling. An anticipated outcome of this research is to develop a rational and reliable model to reduce the risk of damage to structures and increase tree plantings in suburban environments. Guidelines for both footing designers and local government.
Funding Amount $220,000
Funding Scheme Linkage Projects