UtterBerry, a wireless sensor system using miniature, ultra low-power sensors, developed by CSIC PhD student Heba Bevan, was Highly Commended at the prestigious and keenly-contested Construction News Specialist Awards announced last night at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
UtterBerry was Highly Commended in the Business Innovation of the Year category, which recognises innovation excellence to improve performance, business systems or service to clients. The technology was also shortlisted for the Equipment Supplier Award, recognising the most outstanding equipment innovations available demonstrating excellence in health and safety, sustainability, productivity and business.
Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by these prestigious industry awards which affirm CSIC’s aim to develop and deliver innovative tools and technologies to the infrastructure and construction industry.”
UtterBerry sensors have already won industry awards and nominations including the Premier Award at the Chartered Institute of Building International Innovation & Research Awards 2014. The device also secured a Best Practice/Innovation Award for contractors Costain-Skanska who deployed the technology at a partially sealed adit complex requiring remote monitoring.
CSIC technology CSattAR Photogrammetric Monitoring, a new digital image correlation (DIC) technology, developed by CSIC PhD student Mehdi Alhaddad, was also shorlisted for Business Innovation of the Year.
The CSattAR technique has been successfully deployed at a number of tunnels in the UK and abroad to monitor their structural behavior - both long-term deformation and/or movement caused by nearby construction activity. The technology captures extremely precise movements at a wide range of points and operates at a fraction of the cost of conventional alternatives.
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