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CSIC Steering Group member appointed Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Keith Bowers, Head of Tunnels at London Underground and a member of CSIC’s Steering Group, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Fellowship of the Academy is considered to be one of the highest national honours that an engineer may receive.

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Head of CSIC shapes debate on a smart approach to 21st century city infrastructure

Professor Lord Robert Mair, Head of CSIC, states the case for smart infrastructure as key to the success of smart cities in an article featured in the Journal of The Foundation for Science and Technology.

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CSIC Steering Group member gives evidence to House of Lords on European Standards post-Brexit

Dr Scott Steedman CBE, Director of Standards at The British Standards Institution (BSI), has given evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice sub-committee regarding European Standards regulation post-Brexit.

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Prof Lord Mair highlights role of virtual reality in transforming infrastructure in Ingenia

Professor Lord Robert Mair, Head of CSIC, has written a letter published in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s magazine and website Ingenia (Issue 71, June 2017) outlining the ways in which virtual reality (VR) has a crucial role to play in transforming infrastructure and construction.

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CSIC Annual Review 2017 is now available

The 2017 CSIC Annual Review is now available online and in print.

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CSIC’s innovative approach to condition monitoring railway bridges features in Rail Technology Magazine

An article written by CSIC Research Associates Liam Butler and Nicky de Battista that highlights the benefits of installing fibre optic sensors in rail infrastructure has been published in industry title Rail Technology Magazine (RTM).

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Managing Risks to Infrastructure with Real-Time Monitoring of Performance

The CSIC Distinguished Lecture 2017 was presented on 19 June by Dr W. Allen Marr, the founder and CEO Geocomp Corporation, a leading US-based company providing comprehensive geostructural design and performance monitoring services to clients across the United States and around the globe.

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Infrastructure Intelligence publishes article about pioneering research project WindAfrica

Industry publication Infrastructure Intelligence has published an article highlighting a collaborative research project that aims to address challenges to the development of sustainable energy in Africa.

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Emerging Connections workshop launches CSIC’s Transitioning Cities programme sponsored by the Ove Arup Foundation

The annual symposia AUM (Applied Urban Modelling) 2017 featured the CSIC-hosted workshop, Emerging Connections: Tomorrow’s Cities and their Infrastructure, which marked the first event in the Centre’s new Transitioning Cities programme, which is sponsored by the Ove Arup Foundation.

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CSIC Distinguished Lecture 2017: Dr W. Allen Marr - Managing Risks to Infrastructure with Real-Time Monitoring of Performance

The CSIC Distinguished Lecture 2017 was presented on 19 June by Dr W. Allen Marr, the founder and CEO Geocomp Corporation, a leading US-based company providing comprehensive geostructural design and performance monitoring services to clients across the United States and around the globe.

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CSIC Distinguished Lecture 2018: Dr Anne Kemp, ‘A glimpse into the future.... by considering the past. The challenges, the opportunities – and our consciences,’

Dr Kemp’s lecture titled ‘A glimpse into the future.... by considering the past. The challenges, the opportunities – and our consciences,’ draws attention to the potential of smarter infrastructure to support a healthier and more prosperous society but raises questions about the ethics required to safeguard data use and how to ensure that, as humans, we remain an essential part of the decision-making process.

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CSIC and ICE publish Guidance Paper on Intelligent Assets for Tomorrow’s Infrastructure

A new report by CSIC and ICE Asset Management group that introduces the concept of smart infrastructure and intelligent assets is now available.

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CSIC collaborates on Smart, resilient underground infrastructure testing at Cornell University

CSIC assisted researchers at the Cornell Geotechnical Lifelines Large-Scale Testing Facility, in Ithica, New York, last month to install fibre optic sensors in readiness for a first-of-its-kind experiment.

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CSIC Distinguished Lecture 2017 given by founder of Geocomp Corporation

Dr W. Allen Marr, the founder and CEO of leading US-based, real-time performance monitoring and active risk management Geocomp Corporation, will present the CSIC Distinguished Lecture 2017.

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Prof Lord Mair at FST Debate on Making Cities Work

Professor Lord Robert Mair was one of three speakers at the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST) debate on 24 May at the Royal Society - Making cities work, the application of technology, science and infrastructure improvements to create a place where citizens wish to live.

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PhD Studentship in partnership with Arup

PhD Studentship in Thermal Integrity Testing of Deep Foundations, Instrumentation and Interpretation

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International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure call for abstracts and registration

The International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI 2017), to be held in London from 11 to 14 September 2017, will explore future infrastructure challenges to enable new research collaborations. Suggested topics for presentations should be submitted by Sunday 21 May.

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CSIC research associate featured in Electro Optics

Dr Nicky de Battista, a research associate at CSIC, is featured in the journal Electro Optics in a feature about photonics technology and smart cities.

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CSIC spin-out 8power wins prestigious industry award

8power, the company spun-out of CSIC that pioneers self-powered wireless sensors, has been named Cambridge Graduate Business of the Year at the prestigious Business Weekly awards.

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Applications of distributed fibre optic sensing for monitoring civil infrastructure

For several years, the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at Cambridge University has been developing distributed fibre optic sensors, DFOS, for a range of civil infrastructure monitoring applications.

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Deterioration of UK’s bridge stock calls for smarter approach to asset management

According to an investigation by the RAC Foundation the number of substandard road bridges in Britain has risen 35 per cent to 3,203 in just two years. The resulting cost of clearing the backlog of work associated with the deterioration of the country’s bridge stock is estimated to be £3.9 billion.

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State-of-the-art infrastructure research facilities funded by EPSRC

The EPSRC has released details of new state-of-the-art facilities planned as part of a UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) programme to upgrade the nation's infrastructure.

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Professor Lord Robert Mair speaks at the House of Lords on attracting and retaining talent in a post-referendum UK

A debate was held in the House of Lords on Thursday 23 March 2017 on the report from the Science and Technology Committee, A Time for Boldness: EU Membership and UK Science after the Referendum (1st Report, HL Paper 85).

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CSIC responds to the NIC Technology Study Call for Evidence

In response to a request from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) launched a four-week call for evidence on 15 February this year to identify which emerging technologies have the most potential for improving infrastructure productivity. The NIC will make recommendations to government on what actions it should consider to support deployment.

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New CSIC Partners join for Phase 2

CSIC is delighted to announce five new Phase 2 Partners who have joined over the past year: BP International, Bentley Systems, OptaSense, Plowman Craven (PC Monitoring) and Assetscape.

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Mind the gap

Supporting the national drive to inspire more women to build careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), we present a series of interviews that showcases the talent and diversity of women working in science and engineering with CSIC.

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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.