Through the First of a Kind Deployment of Innovation competition Innovate UK has made £19 million available to evaluate new infrastructure technologies for the first time in real-world environments. The following projects have recently won Phase 1 funding.
Metrocare: Strategic decision-making for integrated urban infrastructure is a collaboration between the innovation studio Unit9 (project leader), BRE, and CSIC. Metrocare will support decision makers by deploying a prototype ICT-based, interactive urban development scenario creation and visualisation capability which interoperates with leading urban system models and supporting datasets that are specific to the location and context of the deployment.
Autonomous, self-powered sensors for Smart Infrastructure will be evaluated as part of a collaborative project between UK industrial sensing startup 8power (project leader), Costain, and CSIC. Costain will install 8power condition sensors on site to create smart, self-monitoring infrastructure and show a sustainable, scalable business case by addressing maintenance and inspection costs.
The Advanced condition-based monitoring systems for improved asset maintenance project is led by Costain with collaborative partner REACT Engineering (Phase 1 and 2), and Phase 2 partners CSIC, OXAND, and TFL. The project aims to test, compare and validate in the field the performance of a number of state of the art condition-based monitoring systems and to develop an intelligent data visualisation tool to improve structural asset maintenance, demonstrate a new business case for smart infrastructure, and address environmental and societal pressure on infrastructure.
All three projects demonstrate CSIC’s core mission to collaborate with companies who share our vision to transform infrastructure and construction through smart information and to develop solutions to industry’s challenges.