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CSIC Spring 2016 Newsletter

 to CSIC's spring e- Newsletter     

March 2016 Issue 6

This is a time of great opportunity in the worlds of infrastructure and construction, particularly for innovation and ‘smart’ solutions.

We are delighted that EPSRC and Innovate UK have confirmed their support for CSIC over the next five years, and that the Chancellor’s recent budget established the Government’s commitment to UKCRIC, which will provide a forum for inter-disciplinary collaboration between the UK’s leading researchers in infrastructure and cities.

Tideway and HS2 have also confirmed their commitment to implementing innovation, and are running focussed programmes to engage their supply chain and academia in shaping and delivering this. We look forward to exciting opportunities to work with both organisations in the future.

Preparations for the launch of CSIC’s second phase are underway, and we are reflecting on the themes emerging from the UKCRIC scoping workshops to help shape our proposed research agenda for the next five years. We will be presenting this to our collaborative partners for comment and prioritisation at a Partner Workshop in July, so please look out for an invitation to this event. We are also reviewing our partnership agreement, and will have the revised agreement ready for this meeting in July.

Finally, over the next few weeks you will notice a change in CSIC’s logo and formatting – we are taking the opportunity of this new phase in our activity to refresh our image to reflect a new phase in CSIC’s development.
We look forward to seeing you in the near future, either at our International Conference in June or at our partner meeting in July.
Until then, please take the opportunity to read about the latest news, projects and innovations from CSIC.

Dr Jennifer Schooling,
Director of CSIC.




Funding awarded to CSIC for phase-2 and UKCRIC

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The University of Cambridge has secured funding for a further five years of CSIC from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK.

£18M has also been awarded to Cambridge for the National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing, a UKCRIC National Laboratory.

Read more about CSIC's funding here
Read more about UKCRIC here


Register now for the International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2016

ICSIC London skyline imageThe ICSIC 2016, organised by CSIC, will bring together world-leading academics and practitioners from the fields of infrastructure planning, asset management and sensing, from 27-29 June, at Robinson College.

The key themes to be addressed at the conference include:

  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Design for infrastructure adaptability
  • Creating value from infrastructure
  • Delivering smarter infrastructure 
Register here

CSIC researcher Mehdi Alhaddad wins innovation award for his CSattAR photogrammetric system


Mehdi wins the Highly Commended Digital Innovation category at CIOB International Innovation & Research Awards. Judges praised CSattAR for showing “strong potential in the broader context of monitoring infrastructure works”. 

The system has been installed in operational London Underground tunnels, and other underground spaces, to monitor the integrity of structure during by excavations for the Crossrail project.

Read more here

Making an impact


CSIC hosts high-level event to foster smart infrastructure

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An industry-VIP event organised by CSIC brought together decision makers and senior leaders to encourage adoption of smart infrastructure and construction. Video and commentary on the event will be available on the CSIC website in coming weeks.

A precis of the event can be read here

ICE and CSIC launch new technology guides

CSIC’s leading experts across the fields of asset management, wireless sensors, distributed fibre optic strain sensing and bridge monitoring have written a series of industry best practice and technology guides to be published in conjunction with the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Read more here

Read CSIC’s thought-leading articles for industry publication Infrastructure Intelligence


Jennifer Schooling, CSIC Director:Industry needs investment, innovation and collaboration to advance smart infrastructure.

Read it here

Viorica Patraucean, CSIC Researcher:
Is deep machine learning the future of BIM?

Read it here

Collaborating with industry

 Bridge monitoring and data systems enable step-change in asset delivery for the Staffordshire Alliance

CSIC, in collaboration with the Staffordshire Alliance partners, have used fibre optics to deliver the most comprehensively instrumented new rail bridges in the UK.

Rail-sector collaboration provides valuable feedback for design of future large-scale infrastructure projects and supports design optimisation and efficient asset management strategies.

Read more here

Assessing Victorian masonry arch bridges for asset management 

CSIC’s masonry arch bridge research is providing new information about the behaviour of ageing bridges to be of significant value to asset owners and operators.

Read more here

Working with Government

CSIC presents at House of Commons

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Professor Lord Mair, Head of CSIC, and Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, presented the case for smart infrastructure and highlighted the impact of CSIC’s research at an EPSRC event to further develop links between academics and parliamentarians.

Read more here

Research associate is SET for Britain

Sinan Acikgoz with Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge
Sinan Acikgoz, a CSIC research associate, presented to members of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee at this year’s SET for Britain event, an annual poster competition at Westminster to encourage, support and promote early-career researchers.

Read more here

National Needs Assessment Call for Evidence hosts events across the UK

The National Needs Assessment (NNA) is a project facilitated by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a coalition of organisations, including the University of Cambridge, to provide a cross-sector assessment of the UK’s national economic infrastructure needs.

Read more here

Academic news

New vibration energy harvester powers-up on Forth Road Bridge


Results of CSIC’s Forth Road Bridge trial, which demonstrated the technology working in live conditions, is presented at PowerMEMS, Cambridge (MA, USA).

Read more here

Chair of CSIC International Advisory Group brings Terzaghi Lecture to Cambridge

Professor Tom O’Rourke presented this year’s Terzaghi Lecture – considered the most prestigious geotechnical lecture given in the US – to CSIC.

Read more here



 Professor Lord Mair presents Hinton Lecture

The flagship lecture of the Royal Academy of Engineering was presented by Professor Lord Mair, Head of CSIC. The lecture, titled Creating Underground Infrastructure – the Role of Geotechnical Engineering, is now available to watch here.

Coming up

Innovation in Digital Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Workshop 

CSIC, Innovate UK and The KTN Built Community are co-hosting an event, on the 15 April at King’s College, exploring the adoption of technologies in condition monitoring of infrastructure. 
Read more here

The 12th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology (ANCRiSST2016)

The Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Research in Smart Structure Technology (ANCRiSST) are jointly organising the 12th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology, on June 27-30 in Cambridge, as part of ICSIC 2016
Read more here 

ICE Procurement and the Supply Chain Event 2016: Achieving growth through sustainable practices, London, 13 April

Read more here

ICE Roads Conference, London, 20 April

Read more here

ICE Health and Safety Conference, London, 13 May

Read more here

ICE Bridges Conference, London, 1 June

Read more here