A novel session on workshopping existing infrastructure sensing and measurement issues contributed to the excellent feedback received on last week's workshop that the Centre ran in collaboration with ESP KTN and Measurement Network.
Prof Kenichi Soga from CSIC spoke on the role of the Centre, including the ambitious goal of kick-starting a £10bn pound industry with just £10m of public investment. He described the various sensor technologies being investigated at the Centre (such as fibre-optic distributed strain measurement, low-power wireless technologies, common standards for wireless (IPv6), parametric resonance-based power-harvesting, and MEMS sensors), and emphasised the requirement to demonstrate their value for infrastructure projects in field trials. He went on to describe examples of previous and current field trials, including various Crossrail excavations, the new bridge near the Cambridge Addenbrooke's Hospital and a collaboration with Thames Water on instrumenting a 75m deep circular shaft.
Representatives from CSIC Industry Partners Costain, Arup, Halcrow, Senceive, itmsoil, as well as the National Physical Laboratory also spoke about their deployments and findings.
The networking and exhibitors slot over lunch was extremely successful, with one exhibitor stealing the show with their model train and toy bridge demonstration of real-time video-based defection measurement!
The speakers' presentations will shortly be available: