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Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Transforming infrastructure through smarter information

Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, will speak at an Innovate 2017 panel discussion titled 'Urban systems: how to build a school where children achieve more'.


Innovate 2017, which takes place on 8 and 9 November at the NEC, Birmingham, will explore major themes brought about by the pace and complexity of our world and discuss what these mean for the individual, business and governments. The event aims to deliver fresh perspectives on innovations including artificial intelligence, smart cities, alternative food sources and space exploration.

The panel session featuring Dr Schooling, which is chaired by Simon Hart, Senior Innovation Lead, Smart Infrastructure, at Innovate UK, takes place on 9 November at 9.45am. Through the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM), the UK is leading the world in delivering public infrastructure that delivers greater value for the investment. The ability to measure and manage the performance of buildings and infrastructure means structures can be optimised to do more. The session will explore the technology and case studies behind this thinking. Other speakers on the panel include: Araceli Camargo, Director of Lab at The Centric Lab; Stuart Kirk, Head of Energy at ESFA, Department of Education, and Vaibhav Tyagi, Head of Innovation at Skanska.

The Innovate 2017 event is expected to attract 3,000 entrepreneurs, academics, investors and stakeholders from the UK and overseas. Members of the CSIC team will be at the Innovation Showcase zone with a range of materials showcasing its work including case studies and research projects.