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“Time is running out. Each and every engineer can make a difference – but we need to speak up, use data and act now” – CSIC publishes paper on smart sustainability

last modified Jul 19, 2019 03:09 PM
CSIC hosted a roundtable discussion during the 2018 Global Engineering Conference at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London to explore exploiting data as an engineering tool to mitigate climate change and a paper summarising this discussion has been published today.

Front cover of Smart Sustainability paper

The roundtable participants included experts from the infrastructure and construction sector, academia, sustainability, finance, insurance, development and policy. Discussions focused on how civil engineers can engage with the challenges of mitigating and responding to climate change, the role of data in mitigating risk and unlocking projects, and the challenges and opportunities of implementing smart infrastructure solutions in a developing world context.

The paper, titled Smart Sustainability, also focused on the role and responsibility of engineers and makes the case for exploiting data. It concludes with a call to action for every engineer to make a difference and to “speak up, use data and act now.”

The paper can be downloaded from our website and comments can be sent by email to


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.