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Research and deployment case studies

CSIC partners with Cementation Skanska to develop CemOptics

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.

Cementation Skanska is using distributed fibre optic sensing techniques on an unprecedented scale for pile and wall integrity testing during current excavation work constructing the Northern Line Extension. This novel application of fibre optic sensing emerged from research at the University of Cambridge and was standardised by CSIC to technology-readiness levels required for industry adoption. 

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Remote monitoring at CERN Hadron collider.jpg

We are working in collaboration with Industry Partner CERN and Arup engineers to identify suitable remote monitoring technologies to help maintain tunnels and other infrastructure at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland, which are showing some signs of movement at certain sections. 

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staffordshire bridgeFirst time detail monitoring & data collection at the Staffordshire Alliance

This project represents the first time new bridges have been instrumented in real detail - using resilient, easy-to-install and cost effective fibre optic sensors - to understand the structural behaviour of a new bridge from the moment it is created. 

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Smart tunnel

Post Office TunnelWorking with Industry Partners Arup, CH2M HILL and iMETRUM, CSIC installed four different pioneering monitoring devices at specific locations inside a 40-metre stretch of the disused, 100-year-old Royal Mail tunnel, at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street Station, where the new tunnel was being constructed parallel beneath it.

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Fibre Optic strain sensors asses pile foundations for reuse at Bevis Marks

Computer Vision technology remote monitoring in National Grid tunnel

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Fibre optic measurements in segmental tunnel linings for National Grid and Crossrail

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Data analysis & interpretation