PhD Research Student
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Cambridge , UK CB2 1PZ
Denis obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2009.
He was listed on the Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Honour List and received the Dr. Lansdown Award for Excellent Academic Achievement (2008-2009 Graduating Class).
Following his graduation he joint KGS Group Consulting Engineers and Project Mangers as a Geotechnical Engineer, where he worked on diverse projects including:
- Red River Floodway Expansion Project
- TransCanada HWY#1 and PTH#16 Interchange foundation and embankment design
He joint the Geotechnical Research Group at Cambridge University Engineering Department in October 2010 as a PhD student. He is supervised by Professor Kenichi Soga and co-supervised by Dr. Ruchi Choudhary. He is affiliated to Churchill College.
Denis is funded by Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Pochobradsky Studentship and the Low Carbon Energy University Alliance.
Denis research is a part of a joint project between Cambridge University, MIT and Tsinghua University. This research develops a new generation of tools for examining the technology, management, policy, and legislation issues that will allow a step change in the use of deep enhanced geothermal extraction and shallow ground source heat pump systems in order to provide useful low carbon renewable energy at the “city” scale for heating and cooling buildings and infrastructures.
This research examines the potential of the geothermal energy in contributing to the ending dependence on fossil fuels and of the ground source energy systems at the city scale for heating and cooling buildings and infrastructures. Through this research, a suite of new generation analysis tools will be developed that will not only build confidence in large scale applications of geothermal systems integrated with urban infrastructure, but allow relative comparisons with other candidate technologies – such as combined heat and power systems, air-source, air source heat pumps, solar-thermal systems etc.
Departments and Institutes
Garber, D., Choudhary, R., and Soga, K. (2012). “Implementation and validation of a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system model in a TRNSYS energy simulation environment – case study.” Proceedings of Geo Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Garber, D., Choudhary, R., and Soga, K. (2013). “Risk based lifetime costs assessment of a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system design: methodology and case study.” Building and Environment, 60, 66-80.