SUB Sustainable use of underground space

The underground space is a resource which can offer different types of functions and services, e.g. abstraction of groundwater for multiple purposes, storage of e.g. heat or cold, underground constructions and foundation of buildings. The Swedish Planning and Building Act is guiding the planning process on the land surface, but offers little support with regard to the subsurface. The overall aim of the project is to identify opportunities of increasing the use of subsurface engineering information early in the urban and infrastructure planning phases in order to: 1) improve the possibilities of identifying cost-effective and sustainable solutions with regard to subsurface conditions, 2) sort out the rights for underground developments and 3D properties and 3) make recommendations for future policies and instruments of planning for sustainable use of underground space in Sweden. The specific objectives of the proposed project are: (i) to investigate the opportunities for better integration of subsurface conditions into the Swedish planning process; and (ii) to provide a framework for municipalities for sustainable subsurface planning and management.

Keywords: Subsurface planning, urban underground space, subsurface conditions, sustainability, decision support

The project is carried out at the division of geology and geotechnics, research group Environmental geology – land and water resources, department of architecture and civil engineering.

Participants

Jenny Norrman (contact)

Docent vid Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Lars O Ericsson

Professor vid Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Anders Markstedt

Professor of the Practice vid Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Yevheniya Volchko

Forskare vid Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Collaborations

BeFo - Rock engineering research foundation

Sweden

Boverket

Karlskrona, Sweden

Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Uppsala, Sweden

Luleå University of Technology

Luleå, Sweden

Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)

LINKÖPING, Sweden

Swedish Transport Administration

Borlänge, Sweden

Tyréns, Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

Funding

Formas

Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2019

BeFo - Rock engineering research foundation

Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2019

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

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Latest update

2017-10-27