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CSIC Summer 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to CSIC's summer 2016 newsletter

July 2016, issue 7

It has been an exciting couple of months since our last newsletter, both for the UK at large and for CSIC. The potential impacts and benefits of the Brexit vote are yet to be determined, but one thing is certain: for infrastructure and construction, innovation will continue to be vital to our success as an industry.
From CSIC’s perspective, the last two months have been a time of transition, from our ‘Phase 1’ funding to ‘Phase 2’. To mark the end of our first five years, we held a sell-out international conference at the end of June which drew participants from all over the world from a wide variety of disciplines. Running alongside this event, CSIC hosted the Asia-Pacific-Euro Summer School on Smart Structures Technology (APESS), a hugely successful three-week course for 49 students and early career researchers from four continents. Participants enjoyed lectures from world-renowned researchers, and learned about instrumentation principles and practice for structural health monitoring, and put this into action testing model bridges to destruction to evaluate their assumptions.
In mid-July we formally launched CSIC Phase 2, with a workshop for our past and future industry and public sector partners. This marks the beginning of a new phase of collaboration with partners, aimed at truly transforming the design, delivery and management of infrastructure from individual assets to city-scale services. We have five years to really make an impact – let’s work together to make a difference.
Dr Jennifer Schooling 
CSIC Director



annualreview.jpgCSIC Annual Review 2016

The CSIC Annual Review 2016 is now available. This year’s Annual Review is sub-titled Implementing Innovation and presents CSIC's most recent projects and activities.
Read more here.  





Andrew Wolstenholme delivering a keynote at ICSIC 2016ICSIC 2016

The International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2016, organised and hosted by CSIC, brought together world-leading academics and practitioners from the fields of infrastructure planning, asset management and sensing.

Read more here.


Making an impact

CSIC offices get smart

CSIC has moved in to the James Dyson Building for Engineering, the University of Cambridge's first 'smart' building.

CSIC worked with building contractor's Morgan Sindall to instrument key elements of the building. The video above provides an overview of the building's smart features. 

The building has generated significant media coverage. To watch Cambridge News coverage of the building's opening click here, read the Telegraph's coverage here, and an in-depth look at CSIC's role in the project is in the June issue of Electro Optics magazine, available here.


staffallianceresized.jpgStaffordshire Alliance receives two industry awards

The Staffordshire Alliance project has won the best Major Project at the Rail Industry Innovation Awards (Modern Railways) and the Collaborative Working accolade at the 2016 UK Railway Industry Awards (Rail Technology Magazine). Read more.


RSMehdiAlhaddadCIOBDgitalInnovationAwardighlyCommended_opt.jpgCSattAR wins innovation award

Mehdi Alhaddad, a PhD student at CSIC, has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) International Innovation and Research Award for Photogrammetric Monitoring of Construction Environments and Surrounding Assets. Mehdi said: “I am delighted to win this prestigious award. Competition in the category is fierce so winning reflects very well on CSattAR . I am now looking forward to taking CSattAR to full commercial readiness.”

Read more here.



Infrastructure Intelligence

Read CSIC’s contributions to leading industry title Infrastructure Intelligence.
Innovating flexible solutions for hard problems - In the face of extreme events that could impact lifeline systems, Professor Tom O’Rourke says industry and academia must work together to innovate the next generation of hazard resilient underground infrastructure. Read article here.



Materialsworldscreenshotjpg.jpgCSIC Director features in Materials World

A roundtable debate about transport infrastructure in the UK, published in the May issue of Materials World, features a number of expert contributors, including Dr Jennifer Schooling, CSIC Director. 





Collaborating with industry


sencieve logoTalking heads

CSIC introduces a series of Q&A sessions to showcase the expertise and innovation of its Industry Partners. Simon Maddison, Chief Operating Officer at Senceive, talks about the latest Vibrating Wire FlatMesh technology.

Read it here

CSIC trained Cementation Skanska technician Maria Scott installing fibre optic sensor cable on a reinforced cage of a diaphragm wall at Battersea Station. Image courtesy of Cementation Skanska.CSIC and Cementation Skanska: when project collaboration becomes commercial reality

"The CSIC model should be encouraged. Working with CSIC has enabled both partners to jointly develop the technology and roll out on demonstration projects. CSIC provided the support and training such that Cementation Skanska now has a full and independent commercial capability to deliver distributed fibre optic sensors."
Read case study here.
Read Cementation Skanska and CSIC win at Ground Engineering Awards here.

Working with Government


selectcom.jpgSelect Committee on Science and Technology

Professor Lord Mair has been appointed to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. The Committee, which has a broad remit ‘to consider science and technology’, it has recently undertaken an inquiry into the future of Innovate UK, the agency responsible for driving forward UK innovation.
Read more here.

robertscreenhol28april.jpgProfessor Lord Mair makes maiden speech

Head of CSIC Lord Mair has made his maiden speech to the House of Lords. Professor Mair championed the role of innovation in engineering and smart infrastructure suggesting the benefits and commercial opportunities that investment in science and technology will bring.

Read more here.

Academic news


sinanresize3.jpgResearch Associate awarded 1851 Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission 

Sinan Açikgöz, a Research Associate at CSIC has been awarded an 1851 Royal Commission Science and Engineering Research Fellowship. The results of the highly-contested awards were announced in May. The focus of Sinan's Fellowship project is the assessment of tunnelling-induced damage for heritage masonry structures. Read more here.


ForensicEng.jpgCSIC head champions advanced sensing technologies for structural health monitoring

Professor Lord Mair features in the May issue of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) journal Forensic Engineering. “These innovative sensor technologies are vital ingredients for the future of infrastructure. Infrastructure will define the future of society, and infrastructure equipped with modern sensors to enable structural health monitoring is essential to achieve the required transformational impact.”
Read more here.



Coming up


SMICcover.jpgDirector of CSIC to co-edit new journal

In 2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is launching a new journal, Smart Infrastructure and Construction, as part of its Proceedings series. The journal will be co-edited by Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, and Professor Kenichi Soga, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA and CSIC Co-Investigator.

The journal will appear quarterly in a digital-only format and will provide free access to its content throughout 2017 and 2018 to allow for the widest dissemination of its findings.

Contributions to the inaugural issues of Smart Infrastructure and Construction are welcome. If you would like more information about the journal or would like to view a list of suggested topics, please visit the website.

iceresized.jpgIndustry best practice and technology guides written by CSIC experts

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 (ICE). Available to buy now