• Bioeconomy
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Energy and Environment
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management

Laboratory of Civil Engineering and Geo-Environment (LGCgE)

Research unit - ULR 4515


Our research activities are mainly focused on civil engineering materials, geomaterials and geoenvironment, degraded sites, habitat and the city. The unit is composed of five research teams, each working in their respective field of research (geomaterials, innovative materials, concrete & composite materials, anthropized terrestrial ecosystems, Habitat and intelligent city...). Members of the lab use / enrich / develop theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches for understanding and predicting the response of all types of materials, natural and non-natural, including the new cohort of advanced materials. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Nor-Edine Abriak
    Assistant director
  • Emmanuel Antczak
    Assistant director
  • Christophe Waterlot
    Deputy director
  • Ali Zaoui


Technoparc FUTURA, Faculté des Sciences Appliquées
Université d'Artois


Laboratory of Civil Engineering and Geo-Environment


Effectif total : 208

Personnel de recherche : 92

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 36



• Civil engineering and geo-environment
• Modeling and multi-scale characterization of coupled problems
• Innovative materials
• Concrete and composite materials
• Functioning of anthropized terrestrial ecosystems
• Habitat and smart city

Example(s) of projects

• ANR Projet NanoGP : Multiscale modeling of advanced nano-reinforced geopolymer/CNTs materials 🡭
• Projet BAT ECO2 🡭
• Projet BIOGRAPHIC : Valorisation des cendres BIOmasse en tant que GRanulats et FIller dans des blocs de Construction 🡭
• Projet ANR JCJC : Impact of tailings on environment : Example of transfers of elements from spoil tips in the North of France 🡭
• TEXACOV : Développement de textile fonctionnalisé pour la dépollution de l’air intérieur 🡭

Example(s) of publications

See the full list of our publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National :
Centre Technique des Matériaux Naturels de Construction (CTMNC)

International: University of Michigan (Etats-Unis), New York University (USA), Stony Brook University (USA), Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), Université de Prétoria (South Africa), Ecole des Mines de Rabat (Morocco), Université Mohammed V (Morocco), Université d'Oran (Algeria), Université de Chlef (Algeria), Université d'Alger (Algeria), Université de Constantine (Algeria), ENIS (Tunisia), Université Libanaise (Lebanon), Université de Beyrouth (Lebanon), Université de York (UK), Université de Vienne (Austria), Ecole Polytechnique de Czestochowa (Poland), université d'Uppsala (Sweden), KTH-Stokholm (Sweden), Université d'État du Sud Oural (Russia), Beihang University (China), Dalian University of Technology (China), Xihua University (China), Wuhan University (China), Tongji University (China)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Materia Nova, Maisons & Cités, Enedis, EDF, EffiPilot, MEL, MAD&TECH, Projex, Energic, Stereograph, Vinci Construction France, Vinci Energie, GB Solar

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Construction / Architecture / Urban planning / Real Estate
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Material characterization
• Building instrumentation
• Soil study
• Physical and mechanical characterization of concrete and derived products

Training offers

The members of the laboratory are involved in numerous training courses in the region (IUT, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, engineering schools and doctoral schools) in their areas of expertise (civil engineering, habitat, environment and ecology).

Master's courses :
• International Master "Nano-science and nano-technology for civil engineering" - University of Lille
• International Master "Urban Engineering and Habitat" - University of Lille, Artois University, IMT Lille Douai, ENSAPL
• Master "Biodiversité, écologie et Evolution - parcours ECOREMID (ECOlogie et REstauration des MIlieux Dégradés)" - University of Lille
• Master "Géoressource, Géorisques et géotechniques" - University of Lille
• Master "Ingénierie hydraulique et geotechnique" - University of Lille
• Master "Bâtiment durable et efficacité énergétique" - Artois University
• Master "Bâtiment Infrastructures Voiries Réseaux Divers" - Artois University
• Master "Infrastructures de génie civil" - University of Lille


We possess a wide range of equipment:
• Experimental indentation device
• Geotechnical tests (triaxial, oedimeters, ....)
• Experimental and numerical platform for material characterization
• Material characterization devices
• Surface characterization equipment
• Equipment for the shaping of materials
• Flow visualization
• Thermographic measurement equipment
• ...

Detailed list of equipment: https://www.lgcge.fr/recherches/equipements-sites-ateliers/


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • Biobased chemistry
    • High-performance and sustainable buildings
  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Circular economy, life cycle analysis
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
    • Recycling of materials and efficient use of material resources
  • Energy and Environment
    • Efficient and sustainable buildings (eco-construction, eco-renovation)
    • Energy efficiency and storage
    • Observation, monitoring and management of the environment
    • Smart grids
    • Sustainable cities
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • Industrial and territorial ecology