Image: monitoring strains during casting of concrete bridge deck at the Stafford Area Improvement Programme
CSIC’s Data Analysis and Interpretation team provides the evidence base to support decision-making when owners and operators make choices in relation to infrastructure investment.
CSIC provides ideas for new engineering interpretation, which are required because new sensors often produce engineering datasets not previously available. For example, some fibre optic technologies provide a continuous set of strain data along the fibre optic cable embedded in or attached to the structures. Engineers are familiar with point-wise displacement or strain data at selected points of the structures. However, the new continuous data requires a different approach to look at how the structures are behaving – more data means more thinking is needed to make the data useful.
Secondees from industry are working with CSIC to develop a new thinking process that is of direct use to engineering practice. The combination of new sensors with new data interpretation is the unique selling point of CSIC.