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Industry partners and academics plan collaborative projects at 2018 Strategy Day

last modified Dec 12, 2018 05:01 PM
Infrastructure and construction partners joined academics for the annual CSIC Strategy Day, on Monday 3 December, to identify projects that will be developed to address real industry challenges.

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Image: Workshop discussion at CSIC 2018 Partner Strategy Day

This year’s Strategy Day focused on nine themes which were generated from a call to partners for next generation challenges from their specific area of industry.

CSIC received more than 100 challenges submitted by partners which were shortlisted into nine workshops, led by an academic with the relevant specialism:

  • Geotechnical ‘whole-life’ monitoring and modelling – Dr Sam Stanier
  • Robotics in construction and maintenance – Dr Fumiya Iida
  • Risk-based inspection planning and optimal monitoring strategy – Dr Ajith Parlikad
  • Structural health monitoring of infrastructure using satellitesProf Cam Middleton
  • Reconciling in-situ concrete quality with original specification – Prof Janet Lees
  • Digital Twins for operations and maintenance – Dr Ajith Parlikad
  • Fibre optic sensing – state of the art and future trends – Dr Cedric Kechavarzi and Phil Keenan
  • Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC – Prof Janet Lees
  • Developing computer vision and augmented reality solutions for use in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining infrastructure – Dr Ajith Parlikad and Dr Jennifer Schooling

Additionally, Simon Hart from Innovate UK and Karen Davies from Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) presented the different project funding mechanisms available from each organisation.

Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, said: “We had lots of very interesting and progressive discussions during all of the workshops and have some strong outlines for projects that many of our partners are interested in supporting. We are now in an excellent position to respond to quick turnaround funding calls with ideas that will really add value to both industry and research.

“CSIC’s collaborative approach was demonstrated at its best on our Strategy Day and I would like to thank everyone who attended and engaged so successfully with the workshops.”


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CSIC is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and industry. We develop cutting edge sensing and data analysis models to provide a powerful platform for delivering data to enable smarter whole-life asset management decisions, for both new infrastructure and existing assets. CSIC collaborates with partner organisations across policy, standards and industry adoption to effect transformative change, deliver benefits to all stakeholders and establish the UK as a global leader in digital construction.