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CSIC October 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to CSIC's Autumn e-Newsletter                                     
Autumn 2015 Issue 5

CSIC is at a significant tipping point in its development. Now preparing to enter its second phase,  CSIC’s potential to transform the infrastructure industry and help the UK become a world leader in the fields of sensing technology, asset management and smart city development, is assured.
CSIC cannot achieve this alone – working with industry is the key to our success to date and we always welcome approaches from Industry Partners seeking to collaborate.
CSIC has made remarkable progress in the past five years. We look forward to working closely and productively with industry to build on this success and share our expertise and experience with a wider community.
If you would like to know more about what we do I urge you to take a look at the Pecha Kucha presentations that form part of this Newsletter - they provide an excellent and engaging insight into the range of CSIC's latest projects and innovations.  These, and much more, can be found on our new website which features all the latest news and views from CSIC.
Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC


Professor Robert Mair appointed to the House of Lords

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Professor Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS Head of CSIC, of the Department of Engineering has been appointed to the House of Lords as an independent crossbencher. 

Read more here

nce-tunneling.jpgStudents secure six nominations for NCE Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 

Mehdi Alhaddad and Heba Bevan, both PhD students at CSIC, have secured six award nominations for the NCE Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2015, to be announced in London on 3 Dec 2015. 

Read about CSattAR nominations here 
Read about UtterBerry nominations here

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CSIC to host The International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC)

The ICSIC organised and hosted by CSIC, will bring together world-leading academics and practitioners from the fields of infrastructure planning, asset management and sensing.

For more information on speakers and content read here

Making an impact

UtterBerry scoops more awards and hailed as 'quantum step in measurement sensors'
CSIC PhD student Heba Bevan’s UtterBerry wireless sensor system, scooped two awards - the Award for Technical Excellence and the Product and Equipment Innovation Award at the Ground Engineering Awards 2015.

The UtterBerry also won the 2015 Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Innovation Award. Judges hailed the device as “a quantum step in measurement sensors”. 
Read more about UtterBerry at Ground Engineering Awards 2015 here 
Read more about UtterBerry at 2015 Constructing Excellence awards here  

Annual Lecture Keith BowersCSIC Annual Lecture calls for innovation in transport infrastructure

The CSIC Annual Lecture 2015 was presented by Keith Bowers, Principal Tunnel Engineer at London Underground Transport for London and a member of CSIC’s Steering Group, and titledLondon’s transport; infrastructure, value and the case for innovation.
“Innovation must enable us to work smarter, not harder,” said Keith Bowers.
Read review of CSIC Annual Lecture 2015 here
View video of the CSIC Annual Lecture 2015 here
Read Keith Bowers’ article for Infrastructure Intelligence here 

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CSIC tops the bill at Infrastructure Intelligence

Features written by a number of CSIC Co-Investigators and partners continue to be among the best-read on leading industry publication, Infrastructure Intelligence. The articles offer industry the latest updates on CSIC’s novel technologies and innovations currently in development and on deployment.
Game Changer, by Elisabete Silva, CSIC Co-Investigator reports on the surge of interest from city planners, government departments and infrastructure owners and managers in a new generation of adaptive dynamic simulation models. Read the full article here 

GE Bertha front coverIndustry Partner Cementation Skanska explains the benefits of its long-term collaboration with CSIC in the leading monthly industry title Ground Engineering

Skanska Chief Engineer, Andy Bell, and Geotechnical Engineer, Echo Ouyang, explain how the CSIC fibre optic smart sensors have been successfully deployed for pile testing at three major projects.

                                        Read more here 

Collaborating with industry

Industry Partner Pecha Kucha event

Summer event 2015.jpgThe annual CSIC Industry Partner SummerEvent took place at Peterhouse College this year and combined Pecha Kucha presentations, afternoon tea and croquet on the lawn.

Read more here 
Watch CSIC Pecha Kucha presentations here

Industry events and workshops

Events and workshops PK NLwinter15.jpgCSIC hosts a number of industry events and a series of Future Technologies Workshops to invite discussion and debate about big issues and facilitate knowledge transfer. CSIC is active on the conference circuit supporting a number of New Civil Engineer and Ground Engineering events. Phil Keenan, CSIC Business Development Manager, said: "These events provide a great opportunity for industry professionals to meet our research team to discuss particular technical challenges and benefit from our experience and expertise.”

CSIC on the conference circuit

Read more here
Future Technologies – Big Data Workshop. Read more here
Symposium on Applied Urban Modelling – Green Cities. Read more here

Case studies and deployments  

A range of industry case studies and deployments across CSIC's four focus areas sa-staffordshire-sunsetare available to read and download on the CSIC website:

Cities and Infrastructure Systems here
Asset Management here
Data Analysis and Interpretation here
Sensor and Data Collection here

Working with Government


The Government Office for Science publishes Professor Mair's Thought Piece as part of its Foresight Future Cities Project  

                                                   Read more


Academic news

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Prize paper

A paper co-authored by CSIC colleagues and Industry Partners, has been awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) prestigious Russell Crampton Prize, the prize for the best paper in the journal Geotechnical Engineering.
Read more here

KS Skempton Lecture

CSIC Co-Investigator presents Skempton Lecture

Professor Kenichi Soga presented the inaugural Skempton Lecture at the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Capacity attendance on the opening daymade the event the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering’s largest European conference in history.
Read more here

More CSIC news: Coming up

Head of CSIC to present flagship lecture of the Royal Academy of Engineering 

Professor Mair, Head of CSIC, will give this year’s Hinton Lecture, the flagship annual lecture of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The lecture, titled Creating underground infrastructure – the role of geotechnical engineering, will address the challenges of creating urban underground infrastructure.
Read more here

CSIC supports ICE conferences

The ICE Asset Management conference 2015, to be held on 10 November, will focus on making the UK's transport and infrastructure assets cost efficient and resilient. Speakers from HS2, TfL, Network Rail, Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum will share lessons learnt and innovative strategies that will shape the future of the industry.

Read more here


The Civil Engineering Triennial Summit 2015: Resilience and Growth for Future Cities -

to be held on 9-10 November in London, brings together three global engineering institutions – the Institution of Civil Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and Canadian Society of Civil Engineers to deliver a summit on resilience and growth.

Read more here