Laure Vidal-Beaudet

Teacher researcher in Civil engineering for landscaping management

Department of Physical Environment, Landscape Architecture and Territorial Development

Teaching unit: Horticultural and urban soils and substrates 
Research unit: Physical Environment of the Horticultural Plant

Academic background

Career

  • Since 1998: Assistant professor in Civil engineering for landscaping management, Agrocampus Ouest (Institute for life, food and horticultural sciences and landscaping), Angers Campus, France
  • 1990-1998: Head of Works at the National College of applied Science in Horticulture and landscape Works, teaching Civil Engineering for landscaping management. 
  • 1988-1990: Teacher of soil sciences in Agricultural High School of Luçon-Petré, France

Training

  • 2015: Accreditation to supervise research (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), University of Angers (France), “Agronomic properties of constructed urban soils :structuration and evolution”
  • 1998: Ph.D. thesis at ENSAR (National Higher College of Agronomy of Rennes) in Environmental Sciences, “The organization and hydrodynamic behaviour of silty clay loam / peat moss mixtures; mechanical properties under cyclic compression” 
  • 1991: DEA (Research Master's Degree) in Pedology and Soil sciences at University of Nancy I (France) 
  • 1988: Engineer diploma in Horticultural Sciences at ENITHP (National College of applied Science in Horticulture and landscape Works, Angers, France).

Teaching

Teaching courses: 

  • Cartography and Topography (L1 and L2), 
  • Landscape engineering (M1 major Landscape), Initiation to project engineering (M1),
  • Sciences and technics for landscape engineers (M2 Landscape) 
  • Head of the specialisation "urban vegetated space engineering" M2 Horticulture and Landscape 

Teaching topics : Cartography, topography, soil mechanics, earthwork, dimensioning of separated structures as roadway, sciences and technics for landscape engineers

Research topics

My research activities mainly concern Horticultural and Urban Agronomy and have as object of study the constructed soils, in order to analyse their physical fertility. My research responds to scientific questions related to the physical, mechanical and biological properties of constructed soils and corresponds to a progression in the study of the different functions of the soils constructed for a finalised research.
My research work is always carried out with a goal of transfer and valorization with the scientific community but also with the public and private developers of the urban space. A decision support tool and a soil preparation guide constructed are the outputs expected in the medium term for the valorization and the transfer of the results.

Key words:
Urban and horticultural agronomy of constructed soils
Urban soils, Technosols, physical properties, hydrodynamic properties, organic matter, poral space organization, image analysis, urban waste recycling.

Research programmes

Current programmes

• Project OBAUC (2016-17) funded by Région Pays de la Loire. The aim of the project is to characterize plant-environment interrelations, to understand and predict plant development. The specific goals are to analyze the combined effects of soil compaction, water supply restriction and shading on plant transpiration, plant biomass as well as aerial and root architecture.

• Nature 4 Cities (2016-20) funded by the European Commission (H2020). Nature4Cities aims at developing complementary and interactive modules to engage urban stakeholders in a collective-learning process about renaturing cities, develop and circulate an extensive knowledge base on Natural Based Solution (NBS), new business, financial and governance models for NBS projects, as well as providing tools for the impact assessment, valorization and follow-up of NBS projects. Our aims will be to provide performance assessment of NBS regarding a range of urban challenges by providing definitions of a multi-scalar and cross-thematic sets of urban performance indicators.

• Project SUPRA (2017-20) funded by ADEME. The project is designed to meet various scientific and technical objectives with high environmental objectives allowing the efficient management of the urban ecosystem. The project aims to develop an innovative and multidisciplinary approach (mapping, town planning, land use planning, pedology, urban agronomy) to the knowledge of urban soils and the definition of a common reference system for quality indicators of these soils, linked to expected ecosystem services.

Recently finish programmes

• Project POLESUR (2008-2012) funded by Région Pays de la Loire. The aim of the project was to study organic sediment and hydrodynamic behavior of infiltration basin. The objectives were to study organic matter deposition, organic matter degradation, the clogging-up of the storm infiltration basin, long-term hydrodynamic behavior prediction. 

• Project SITERRE (2011-2015) funded by ADEME and the nine partners involved in the Siterre program. The project was dedicated to the development of pedological engineering for the construction of soils in urban areas with urban wastes. Modeling of aggregation and nutrient transfer processes in constructed Technosols were determined. 

Publications

My publications on HAL

My publications on ResearchGate