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2016: Industrial PhD on Aerodynamic Stability of Long Span Bridges
In 2014, Randi Nøhr Møller started working in the Analysis Group in the International Bridge Department at Ramboll. She became involved in a project concerning a major long span suspension bridge and the challenges related to calculating the instability limit of these bridges.

The instability limit is the wind speed for the onset of flutter, which are the fatal vibrations of bridge deck structures that occur as a result of wind-structure interaction. As the flutter limit is a governing design parameter for long span bridges, developing an improved calculation method could be of vital importance.

In May 2016, Randi was granted funding to undertake an Industrial PhD on this subject. The project is in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (under supervision of Professor Steen Krenk) and Ramboll (under supervision of Martin Nymann Svendsen). The aim of the project is to provide an improved method for calculation of the aerodynamic stability limit which includes advanced structural response effects and a consistent representation of the wind load.

2016: UNLEASH, Supporting Sustainability

UNLEASH aims to build networks around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s. These are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and company policies over the next 15 years.

1,000 talents from 115 countries were gathered in Denmark from the 13 – 21 August to attend the first ever Unleash Innovation Lab 2017. A global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to generate ideas and build lasting global networks around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Senior consultant and sustainability specialist Gitte Gylling Hammershøj Olesen along with architect Agustín Granados and socio-economist Jacob. S Andersen from Ramboll were all chosen as talents participating in UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017.

Ramboll engineer Gitte Gylling was on the winning team in the category ‘Urban Sustainability’ ahead of 17 other teams. The creative idea is called Demolition 4 Design and is envisioned to be the google of demolition explains Gitte: ” The underlying problem however is the lack of knowledge related to the abandoned buildings. And this is where technology comes into play. Currently, we know too little about material in the buildings so we have crafted a prototype solution to scan the building lot, possible by the use drones, to know what it consists of. Then this information can be stored in a database that would allow architects to design new houses, schools or the like based on materials available.”

The board members of UNLEASH include experts from Copenhagen University, MIT, the Japan Innovation Network, Lego Foundation, Volvo, Carlsberg, and among the partners is the Ramboll Foundation. The inaugural UNLEASH Innovation Lab runs from 13 August – 21 August – with inputs from Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former EU-commissioner Connie Hedegaard and architect Bjarke Ingels among others.

The SDG’s were agreed upon in 2015 by all UN member states and consists of 17 goals and 169 targets for the world to become a better place in 2030.

2015: Concrete Structures
Ramboll has developed a unique software programme for concrete structures. The software enables the handling of any type of structural elements with reinforcement design through combining plastic calculations with FEM methods. The software programme can significantly reduce design time as well as support substantial material savings.

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has initiated a development project, supported by the Ramboll Foundation, which adds functionality to the software, enabling it to determine stresses in concrete and reinforcements, crack widths and deformations. This solution will add valuable functionality to the software programme.

2014: Enhancing Blue-Green Infrastructure 
Blue-Green infrastructure (BGI) offers a feasible and valuable solution for urban areas facing challenges of climate change. It complements and in some cases replaces the need for grey infrastructure. BGI connects urban hydrological functions (blue infrastructure) with vegetation systems (green infrastructure) in urban landscape design.

To assess the value of BGI systems for urban environments, the Ramboll Foundation and Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab initiated research on motivating and hindering factors for the implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure.

The research shall support ubran decision-makers on their path towards a future, where the intelligent use of what nature teaches us is used for the sake of environmental protection and societal benefits.

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Within research and education, the Foundation in particular focus on the technical and natural science areas as well as sociologically orientated research given Ramboll’s brand as sustainable society consultants and focus on the interface between technological progress on societies.

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WHAT IS AN INDUSTRIAL PHD?
  • A three-year industrially focused research project and PhD education which is carried out in a collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university