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Industry partners 'chit-chat'

There was competition on the croquet lawn at Trinity Hall but the CSIC Summer Event for Industry Partners was altogether convivial and informative.


CSIC Head Professor Robert Mair thanked the Industry Partners attending for their support for the Centre explaining why collaboration with industry is vital to the development and deployment of CSIC’s sensing technologies and essential to transforming the future of infrastructure and construction. 

Chit-chat shaped the afternoon when CSIC Research Associates gave a series of Pecha Kucha presentations (the Japanese term translates to ‘chit-chat’). The fast-paced, concise and visually-driven format which presents 20 slides for 20 seconds each, showcased the RA’s latest projects updating Industry Partners on CSIC’s current ventures.

In the spirit of ‘knowledge transfer’ - a core part of the CSIC ethos - a number of Industry Partners presented Pecha Kuchas giving a constructive account of their own industry projects, challenges and outcomes.

Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, said: “Collaborating with our Industry Partners is integral to the success of CSIC and accelerates the process of developing tools and technologies beneficial to the construction and infrastructure industry. Our Pecha Kuchas confirmed the fresh and forward thinking emerging from our Centre, invited lively discussion and attracted rave reviews.”

The event attracted 48 delegates from Industry Partner companies and organisations including: Crossrail, Geosense, Highways Agency, Toshiba Research Europe, Skanska, Transport for London, Omnisense, Redbite, Aeroflex, CH2M Hill, GE Aviation Systems, Strainstall UK Ltd, Thales, Senceive, Costain, WSP, Soldata, RolaTube, Mott MacDonald, Topcon and Imperial College.

See below for list of Pecha Kuchas 

Click here to watch Pecha Kuchas 

The Summer Event for Industry Partners’ Pecha Kucha presentations included: 

Dr Phil Catton: From Better Data to Better Knowledge

Matthew Wilcock: Royal Mail Tunnel; We’re Sensing an Understanding of Cast Iron Tunnel Behavior 

Dr Nicky de Battista: Monitoring of Sprayed Concrete Lining Using Distributed Fibre Optic Sensors 

Dr David Rodenas Herraiz: Smart Wireless Sensing; Shaping the Future of Civil Infrastructure 

Yu Jia: Harvesting Ambient Vibration for Smart Infrastructure; May the Power be with your WSN 

Steve Denman: City Dynamics: Following the Crowd

Dr Claudio Martani: Considering Uncertainty in Planning and Designing Infrastructure Integration 

Industry Partner Pecha Kucha presentations included: 

Neil Louden from the Highways Agency: Managing the Highway Agency’s Infrastructure Asset; the Engineering Challenges 

Martin Clegg from Geosense:  Geosense Instrumentation for Geotechnical Civil and Structural Monitoring 

Ken Duguid from Transport for London: Working the Hammersmith Flyover 

John Parker from WSP: Axil Shortening in High Rise Buildings




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