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CSIC November 2014 Newsletter

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Issue 3, November 2014

Welcome to CSIC’s autumn/winter newsletter. It’s been a busy few months at the Centre and our work has been attracting much interest from both industry and the media.

CSIC is now a contributor to the influential industry e-publication Infrastructure Intelligence and our proposed work with the Forth Road Bridge has caught the attention of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Our sensing technologies are being used to create a ‘live laboratory’ on home turf at the new James Dyson Building for the Department of Engineering and our work has been shortlisted for a number of industry awards.
I hope you enjoy reading about our activities. If you would like to learn more about a specific project then please get in touch. We like to hear from our Industry Partners and always welcome interest in what we do.
Best wishes,
Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director CSIC


CSIC attracts industry awards

CSIC attracts industry awards

CSIC has been shortlisted for an array of industry awards including:

  • British Construction Industry Award for Product Design Innovation 
  • International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards: Ground Investigation and Monitoring Award - The Smart Tunnel; Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year -Photogrammetric Monitoring of Royal Mail Tunnel and Young Tunneller of the Year.
  • CSIC spin-off, UtterBerry, a wireless sensor, has won a Crossrail Best Practice/Innovation Award

Read more about tunnelling awards
Read more about UtterBerry award


Making an ImpactInfrastructure intelligence

ACE's Infrastructure Intelligence invites CSIC to write monthly opinion piece

The CSIC team has been spreading the 'smart' word in a series of columns commissioned by influential industry publication, Infrastructure Intelligence.

Read -  Dr Ajith Parlikad: Managing the value of assets 
Read - Dr Phil Catton: When sensors make sense
Read - Prof Robert Mair: Transforming infrastructure delivery is integral to future economic success

For more information about Infrastructure Intelligence or to sign up to II's free email newsletter see 

Good vibrations   Newsletter bridge

Media from far and wide picked up on the CSIC story about the proposed trialling of a vibration energy harvester on the Forth Road Bridge. Features were published in Civil Engineering - the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Business Weekly, and Cambridge News. Also: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire has invited Prof Campbell Middleton for a live studio chat about the project later in the year.
Read article here


Collaborating with industry



UtterBerry delivers results for asset managersNewsletter Heba

The utterly smart UtterBerry wireless sensing system has proved its industry potential with Crossrail and scooped an innovation award. 

Newsletter tunnelLightening the load

Deployment of distributed fibre optics to monitor sprayed concrete tunnel linings at Liverpool Street Station marks a first for CSIC and industry partner Crossrail. 

Industry partner summer eventNewsletter summer party

CSIC industry partners gathered on the lawn of Trinity Hall, Cambridge to enjoy refreshments before a range of lively and informative Pecha Kucha presentations by our Research Associates highlighting their latest CSIC developments, projects and technologies. 

Working with Government

Newsletter Robert

Vision on

Head of CSIC, Professor Robert Mair talked Research, Innovation and Infrastructure at a Royal Academy of Engineering event titled `A Vision for Infrastructure’. Buzz phrase of the day: ‘Smart, green and economic not dumb, wasteful and expensive’.

Newsletter city

Setting standards for global urban innovation

CSIC and the UK Science and Innovation Network (British Consulate General), convened a meeting of international experts for a workshop in San Francisco hosted by AECOM, about developing smart ways to reshape cities around the globe and set new standards for future urban innovation. 

Academic news

Newsletter Dyson

CSIC creates live laboratory

Pioneering sensors are being installed in the infrastructure of the new four-storey James Dyson Building for the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, due to open in 2015. CSIC engineers will ask the building ‘how are you feeling?’
Read more

Smart Assets and CitiesNewsletter city VZ

A city is only as ‘smart’ as its buildings and infrastructure. The CSIC workshop on AutoID for Smart Assets and Cities showed how civil assets are being ‘smartened up’ by industry leaders, technology providers and policy makers.

Newsletter group shot

Global reach

The inaugural Cambridge Conference on Fibre Optic Sensing in Civil Infrastructure (CamFos) attracted leading international FOS experts and confirmed CSIC’s global reach.
Read more


Coming up...

Smart move

CSIC has started work on site at the James Dyson Building for Engineering, installing sensing technologies into the foundation piles. Further technologies will be installed as the building develops, to create a live laboratory. Watch our website for updates.


Tunnel vision

Following on from the success of the CSIC Smart Tunnel project monitoring parallel tunnel construction at Liverpool Street, a deployment team has started work creating a CSIC ‘Smarter Tunnel’ at Bond Street to measure the effects of perpendicular tunnelling. Full story to follow soon on our website.