BIGALPS: Bio inspired geotechnical applications to launch Pan-European solutions

BIGALPS is a project funded by the European Union via the European Innovation Council (GA Number 101113081) and SERI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Switzerland).

The Project is introducing an innovative bio-technology for soil treatment that offers a complete environmentally friendly solution. BIGALPS is at the forefront of revolutionizing soil stabilization through a cutting-edge technology that is bio-cementation. By harnessing the power of microorganisms, we’re revolutionizing how we stabilize soil, combat erosion, and prevent landslides. Main goal of BIGALPS is to mature and validate this groundbreaking technology and make it fully compatible with real-world environments, in line with existing norms and industry standards. At BIGALPS, we’re on a mission to transform the soil stabilization industry. Our mission is to address some of the most critical soil stability problems that Europe and the world are facing, paving the way for sustainable, safe, and effective soil stabilization techniques.

Addressing urgent global problems all related to soil stabilisation

Many geo-engineering problems are related to the stability of infrastructures and hold significant societal impact. Soil improvement and stabilization are intended to mitigate structural health risks associated with geohazards such as soil erosion and landslides. Soil erosion silently erases land threatening thousands of houses and infrastructure yearly. Simultaneously, landslides, whether triggered by natural factors or human activities, pose a grave threat to lives, property, and the environment. These devastating events are responsible for substantial economic losses and social upheaval. These problems have always existed, but with extreme weather, ageing infrastructure and rising sea levels, they are expected to intensify, leading to an expansion of the soil stabilization market. Additionally, rapid urbanization is also driving the growth of this market, owing primarily to scarcity of suitable land for development and the need to expand existing infrastructure to support increased populations in urban areas. Typical targeted applications include buildings, roads, railroads, airfields, dikes, reservoirs, bank protection, canals, slopes, dams and coastal engineering.

To tackle these challenges head-on, the BIGALPS Project has set out on a mission to introduce a transformative bio-cementation technology aiming to address these pressing challenges and contribute to a safer and more resilient future for our communities and the environment.

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