Image: CSIC team splicing fibre optic monitoring cables for pile installation at the Dyson Building, University of Cambridge
Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC)
was founded in April 2011 to translate research into commercial application to transform the future of infrastructure.
CSIC is one of only seven Innovation and Knowledge Centres (IKC) in the UK, backed and funded by two Government bodies – the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK – with the specific aim of creating a multi-million pound industry to exploit international markets.
As a world-leading centre of excellence at the University of Cambridge, CSIC's key objective is to develop robust and innovative solutions to meet challenges in the infrastructure and construction industry and to accelerate and enable knowledge transfer and exploitation of these emerging technologies.
The strategic aim of CSIC is that emerging technologies from its pioneering research will transform the construction industry through a whole-life approach, achieving sustainability in construction and infrastructure in an integrated way.
'Transforming the future of infrastructure through smarter information'
CSIC’s novel technologies include fibre optics, wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) and computer vision. The innovative application of these latest sensor technologies and data management tools has the potential to transform our approach to design, construction and management of our infrastructure assets throughout their life.
There has been substantial impact of CSIC's activities since it began in terms of the wide variety of technologies and solutions developed and deployed on real construction and infrastructure sites, involving many Industry Partners and resulting in awards, shortlistings, publications, training and thought leadership.
Combined, these achievements are a measure of CSIC's effective commitment to improve the quality and efficiency of our nation's infrastructure.