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Issue 3, November 2014
Welcome to CSIC’s autumn/winter newsletter. It’s been a busy few months at the Centre and our work has been attracting much interest from both industry and the media.
CSIC is now a contributor to the influential industry e-publication Infrastructure Intelligence and our proposed work with the Forth Road Bridge has caught the attention of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Our sensing technologies are being used to create a ‘live laboratory’ on home turf at the new James Dyson Building for the Department of Engineering and our work has been shortlisted for a number of industry awards.
I hope you enjoy reading about our activities. If you would like to learn more about a specific project then please get in touch. We like to hear from our Industry Partners and always welcome interest in what we do.
Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director CSIC
CSIC attracts industry awards
CSIC has been shortlisted for an array of industry awards including:
- British Construction Industry Award for Product Design Innovation
- International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards: Ground Investigation and Monitoring Award - The Smart Tunnel; Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year -Photogrammetric Monitoring of Royal Mail Tunnel and Young Tunneller of the Year.
- CSIC spin-off, UtterBerry, a wireless sensor, has won a Crossrail Best Practice/Innovation Award
Making an Impact
ACE's Infrastructure Intelligence invites CSIC to write monthly opinion piece
The CSIC team has been spreading the 'smart' word in a series of columns commissioned by influential industry publication, Infrastructure Intelligence.
Read - Dr Ajith Parlikad: Managing the value of assets
Read - Dr Phil Catton: When sensors make sense
Read - Prof Robert Mair: Transforming infrastructure delivery is integral to future economic success
For more information about Infrastructure Intelligence or to sign up to II's free email newsletter see www.infrastructure-intelligence.com
Media from far and wide picked up on the CSIC story about the proposed trialling of a vibration energy harvester on the Forth Road Bridge. Features were published in Civil Engineering - the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Business Weekly, and Cambridge News. Also: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire has invited Prof Campbell Middleton for a live studio chat about the project later in the year.
Read article here
Collaborating with industry
UtterBerry delivers results for asset managers
The utterly smart UtterBerry wireless sensing system has proved its industry potential with Crossrail and scooped an innovation award.
Lightening the load
Deployment of distributed fibre optics to monitor sprayed concrete tunnel linings at Liverpool Street Station marks a first for CSIC and industry partner Crossrail.
Industry partner summer event
CSIC industry partners gathered on the lawn of Trinity Hall, Cambridge to enjoy refreshments before a range of lively and informative Pecha Kucha presentations by our Research Associates highlighting their latest CSIC developments, projects and technologies.
Working with Government
Head of CSIC, Professor Robert Mair talked Research, Innovation and Infrastructure at a Royal Academy of Engineering event titled `A Vision for Infrastructure’. Buzz phrase of the day: ‘Smart, green and economic not dumb, wasteful and expensive’.
Setting standards for global urban innovation
CSIC and the UK Science and Innovation Network (British Consulate General), convened a meeting of international experts for a workshop in San Francisco hosted by AECOM, about developing smart ways to reshape cities around the globe and set new standards for future urban innovation.
CSIC creates live laboratory
Pioneering sensors are being installed in the infrastructure of the new four-storey James Dyson Building for the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, due to open in 2015. CSIC engineers will ask the building ‘how are you feeling?’
Smart Assets and Cities
A city is only as ‘smart’ as its buildings and infrastructure. The CSIC workshop on AutoID for Smart Assets and Cities showed how civil assets are being ‘smartened up’ by industry leaders, technology providers and policy makers.
The inaugural Cambridge Conference on Fibre Optic Sensing in Civil Infrastructure (CamFos) attracted leading international FOS experts and confirmed CSIC’s global reach.
CSIC has started work on site at the James Dyson Building for Engineering, installing sensing technologies into the foundation piles. Further technologies will be installed as the building develops, to create a live laboratory. Watch our website for updates.