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The CSIC-instrumented James Dyson Building for Engineering features in Electro Optics

last modified Jun 17, 2016 02:18 PM
CSIC's instrumentation of the James Dyson Building for Engineering, Cambridge’s first ‘smart building’, features in the June issue of Electro Optics. The magazine is a leading resource for engineers involved in photonics business, technology and applications published 10 times a year.

Electro Optics June 2016 Cover

The three-page article titled ‘The pulse of the city’ focuses on impact of sensor technology on the design, engineering and management of infrastructure, looking at the newly opened building as a case study. CSIC worked closely with contractors Morgan Sindall to install fibre-optic in key locations in the building, including foundation piles, three four-story-tall reinforced concrete columns, a 16 metre beam, and a 96m² floor slab.

‘To my knowledge, this is one of the densest ever installations of fibre optics in a building – we have two kilometres of fibre optics installed in a small section of a building, which gives us an unprecedented level of detail in terms of observing how the building behaves,’ said Dr Nicky de Battista, CSIC Research Associate.

The article highlights CSIC’s fibre optic sensor research and provides an overview of the benefits of the technology for improved infrastructure construction and asset management.

The June edition of Electro Optics is available online here. The feature on CSIC and the James Dyson Building for Engineering can be found on pages 22-24.