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CSIC May 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to CSIC's May e-Newsletter                           

May 2015 Issue 4


The infrastructure industry is at a crucial point in its digital development. Leading industry title Infrastructure Intelligence states the industry is at the start of a digital revolution which “will have as profound an impact on how it works as the industrial revolution over 200 years ago.”
See the full information here 
 
With the election now decided, industry is calling for the delivery of the UK Government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2014 which highlights the strong economic case for infrastructure investment.
 
The work of CSIC is timely and vital to informing and transforming the future of the UK’s construction and infrastructure. We are fortunate to work with a range of visionary Industry Partners and CSIC’s newly-published Annual Review showcases the impact of our collaborative achievements to date.
 
Innovation is key to the success of infrastructure and CSIC continues to lead the way in delivering technologies and tools that solve industry challenges and lead to greater efficiency in design and performance.
 
Jennifer Schooling, Director CSIC


Highlights


May 15 newsletter KXCSIC helps secure funding for new national research facility in infrastructure sensing


CSIC’s Head, Professor Robert Mair, welcomes £18 million funding investment to build a National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing at the University of Cambridge: “This provides a positive way to engage academia and industry in protecting and growing the UK’s infrastructure base.”

Read the full article here

 


Awards, nominations and industry acclaimMay 15 newsletter winners


In the past six months CSIC’s technologies and projects have scooped 12 industry award nominations and two prestigious awards, including a win at the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2014. CSIC has six nominations for the Ground Engineering Awards 2015 to be announced this summer. Watch this space… 

Read article here
 

Further acclaim


Heba Bevan, CSIC PhD student and designer of the award-winning low-power wireless sensing device, UtterBerry, has been shortlisted for the Innovation category in the Constructing Excellence Awards 2015. Heba also features on the front page of the quarterly industry newsletter Innovation & Research Focus. 

Read Constructing Excellence Awards here  
Read Innovation & Research Focus article here 
 


Delivering impact


The CSIC 2015 Annual Review is out now. The 30-page document, subtitled 'Delivering Impact', showcases another year of substantial progress

Read the CSIC 2015 Annual Review here


CSIC Annual Lecture 2015:

London's transport: May 15 newsletter tunnel

infrastructure, value and the case for innovation

Transforming the future of infrastructure informs this year’s Annual Lecture, on June 29, by Dr Keith Bowers, Principal Tunnel Engineer at London Underground. The lecture will consider innovation in the development of major transport infrastructure systems. 

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May 15 newsletter Andrew MHS2 Technical Director champions CSIC's ability to deliver change


The new government’s backing of HS2, the £50-billion high-speed rail project, puts smarter infrastructure on the national agenda. Andrew McNaughton, HS2 Technical Director and member of the CSIC Steering Group, champions CSIC’s ability to deliver world-beating advantages to the infrastructure and construction industries.
 
Read article here

 


Video shows new CSIC spin-out CSattAR in actionMay 15 newsletter Mehdi's camera


Watch photogrammetric monitoring in action inside CSIC's Smart Tunnel. CSattAR, a CSIC-developed technology soon to be commercially available, has been nominated for a Ground Engineering Product Innovation Award and features in World Tunnelling magazine.
 
See video footage here 
Read the full list of Ground Engineering awards here
Read World Tunnelling magazine article here

 


May 15 newsletter IICSIC delivers innovation and new thinking to Infrastructure Intelligence


CSIC’s regular contributions to the industry magazine Infrastructure Intelligence are among the most read on the site and feature strongly on the title’s new Digital Infrastructure Hub, a repository for new information on digital developments.
 
Jackie Whitelaw, Associate Editor atInfrastructure Intelligence, said: “CSIC's articles are among the best read on theInfrastructure Intelligence website because they give the infrastructure community insight and advance warning of innovation and new thinking that will change and challenge the sector. From wireless sensing and intelligent infrastructure to the need to consider what is appropriate development, the informative pieces are top reads for our audience.” 

To read the latest CSIC articles click the links below.

Digital infrastructure models: a necessary foundation for the next IT wave by Ioannis Brilakis

Evaluating energy use and emissions in the urban environment by Ruchi Choudhary

What makes an intelligent infrastructure asset? by Professor Duncan McFarlane
Capitalising construction by Musa Chunge

Wireless sensing changes game for asset managers by Professor Kenichi Soga

Making room for new growth by Ying Jin

 


May 15 newsletter Future GazingWhere the Smart Money Is


CSIC’s novel use of fibre optic technologies features in the New Civil Engineer Magazine’s Infrastructure Report 2015. Read Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, and Business Development Manager, Phil Keenan, on the future of fibre optic sensing.
 
Read full article here 

 

 


Collaborating with industry


May 15 newsletter SandyReaching out to Industry


CSIC welcomes Sandy Yatteau to the new Partner Relations and Industry Liaison post to increase CSIC Industry Partner reach.
 
Read more here

 


May 15 newsletter EMAP eventCSIC takes innovation to conference circuit


CSIC is showcasing its latest research, tools and technologies at a series of Ground Engineering and New Civil Engineer conference and exhibitions. We hope to see you there.
 

 


For dates and details of the conferences please click the links below:

Instrumentation and Monitoring 2015
GE Piling and Foundations 2015
NCE Rail 2015
NCE Roads 2015
GE Basements and Underground Structures 
GE Slope Engineering 2015 
NCE Tunnelling 2015

 


May 15 newsletter MKKnowledge exchange


Mahul Patel, a tunnel engineer at CH2MHILL, shares his experience of being seconded to CSIC: “At CSIC you are designing, implementing and working all the way through a project, from the start to the finish, and involved in every stage. I think that’s what makes CSIC unique.”
 
Read the full article here 

 


Working with Government


May 15 newsletter St Ives BridgeCSIC's value-based tool moves asset management mindsets


CSIC’s Asset Management team’s new value-based prioritisation tool goes live to support Cambridgeshire County Council’s annual bridge maintenance programme and help better-target limited resources.

Academic news


May 15 newsletter pilingInstrumentation of James Dyson Building showcases CSIC technologies and creates pioneering learning tool


CSIC’s instrumentation of the Department of Engineering’s new James Dyson Building is ground-breaking. The novel technologies deployed here may become industry standards for the future.  
 
Read more here


May 15 newsletter AUJM 2015World-leading experts explore green cities at AUM2015

Showcasing the leading edge of policy research and modelling practice, AUM2015 speakers will include world-leading model theorists and practitioners. Green Cities is the theme of this year’s symposium on Applied Urban Modelling, taking place in Cambridge on 24-26 June, reflecting the increasing importance of urban ecosystem services and green space across the world’s city regions.
 
Read more here 


Coming up


The Cambridge Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks in Civil Infrastructure 


CSIC will be hosting The Cambridge Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks in Civil Infrastructure on 29th and 30th June 2015 at the Møller Centre, Churchill College and at Jesus College, Cambridge. 

Read more here         

Big Data Workshop


CSIC will be holding a workshop on the use of Big Data for Smarter Infrastructure. The event will take place at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge in West Cambridge later on in the year.

Check the CSIC Events webpages for up to date information as it happens