Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Disaster Reduction Studies Division

Disaster Reduction Studies Division


In addition to a further understanding of earthquakes, geo-hazards, and meteorological disasters, the Disaster Reduction Studies Division purposes to train individuals to acquire in-depth knowledge and techniques of disaster reduction technology, promote the formation of safe and secure social environments in local communities, and advance the development of a conventional social infrastructure by possessing flexible and diverse problem solving skills including logical explanatory abilities, debating skills, and high ethical standards.

Laboratory introduction

For faculty member details, please see the staff introductions.

Laboratory Steel structures, concrete structures, steel-concrete composite structures
Faculty members Professor UCHIDA Yuichi
Associate professor KINOSHITA Koji
Assistant professor MIYACHI Kazuhiro
Research details Our laboratory educates and researches steel structures, concrete structures, and steel-concrete composite structures. We are conducting research on the following various topics related to these structures:(1) elucidating mechanical phenomena, (2) enhancing strength, (3) extending service life, (4) improving construction efficiency, (5) improving seismic resistance, (6) improving corrosion resistance, (7) utilizing and developing new materials, and (8) sophisticating design methods.
Laboratory Advanced Construction Materials and Structures
Faculty members Professor KUNIEDA Minoru
Research details Our laboratory aims to develop and assess advanced construction materials and structures used to build and maintain infrastructures that contribute to a sustainable development for a society. Researches on high performance concrete, high performance repair/strengthening materials, monitoring technique for concrete structures, and assessment of durability of concrete structures are conducted.
Laboratory Mobility Analytics
Faculty members Professor KURAUCHI Fumitaka
Research details Our laboratory educates and conducts research of designing and evaluating mobility services to ensure social sustainability. Particularly we are developing analytical methods of utilising transport big data such as ETC, floating car data, mobile phone/Bluetooth/Wi-Fi sensing data and smartcard data. We aim to contribute for constructing disaster-resilient transport networks, efficient and sustainable public transportation networks for the widespread use of MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and transportation management policies for the efficient use of road networks.
Laboratory Earth sciences
Faculty members Professor KOJIMA Satoru
Professor OHTANI Tomoyuki (Environmental Studies Division)
Research details Using geological techniques, our laboratory conducts researches on: mitigation of landslide hazards by elucidating the geologic factors of the slides and the development history of deep-seated gravitational slope deformations (DSGSD) which are regarding as precursor phenomena of landslides; fault zone formation in active fault based on geological, mineralogical, geochemical studies; and resource assessments of shallow geothermal energy.
Laboratory Geotechnical engineering
Faculty members Professor YASHIMA Atsushi
Professor SAWADA Kazuhide
Research details We, Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Gifu University conduct research activities to protect the public lives and assets from frequently occurring geo-disaster and to support secure of life. The results of our research such as soil sampling, laboratory tests, field investigations and simulations are expected for establishing designs of disaster prevention and earth structures. Test apparatus is sometimes designed or developed for appropriate research when it is required.
Laboratory Earthquake engineering
Faculty members Professor NOJIMA Nobuoto
Associate professor KOYAMA Maki
Associate professor KUSE Masumitsu
Research details Our laboratory conducts extensive and comprehensive research of the prevention and mitigation of earthquake disasters that requires utilizing interdisciplinary academic knowledge and techniques, for example: assessments of earthquake hazards and risks; predictions of earthquake tremors and damage; assessments of the influence on social functions and long-term impacts such as restoration, and development of human resources involved in regional disaster prevention.
Laboratory Bridge engineering
Faculty members Professor MURAKAMI Shigeyuki
Research details For all types of bridges, including those constructed historically and modern structures, our laboratory conducts research to develop sustainable social infrastructures, including both basic research of mechanical properties such as load capacity and dynamic behavior during an earthquake among other characteristics, as well as applied research of maintenance and management methods, by utilizing information technology and developing technologies to diagnose structural soundness.
Laboratory River-Hydrology
Faculty members Associate professor KOJIMA Toshiharu (Environmental Studies Division)
Assistant professor Keisuke Ohashi
Research details The Academic discipline for all water movement on the earth is called hydrology. As narrower sense, the study for terrestrial water, for rivers and for forest water are respectively called limnology, potamology and forest hydrology. We focus on river science, river hydrology and forest hydrology field, and solve problems caused by the movement of water, sediment and materials. Our research activities are observation/surveying and computer simulation. In recent years, heavy rain disasters due to global warming have frequently occurred and the role of disaster prevention has become more important than before.