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Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Transforming infrastructure through smarter information
 
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CSIC projects demonstrate the value and benefit of smart infrastructure solutions and deliver innovation at the cutting edge of research and in application. Some of our most recent projects include:

Digital Cities for Change

Digital Cities for Change: next-generation tools for city planning and management

The challenges for modern cities to deliver smart systems for its citizens are complex and cut across many traditional disciplines. CSIC’s Digital Cities for Change project, funded by the Ove Arup Foundation and the Centre for Digital Built Britain, evaluates both the existing structures and...

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Automating concrete construction: digital processes for whole-life sustainability and productivity

CSIC Investigators are collaborating with colleagues from the Universities of Bath and Dundee to drive a new culture in the construction industry to improve whole-life sustainability and productivity. CSIC is a project partner and Director Dr Jennifer Schooling chairs the steering group. Automating...

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Developing the supply chain to advance dynamic strain sensing

Developing the supply chain to advance dynamic strain sensing

Responding to industry call In a working group discussion at a CSIC event, industry partners raised the subject of sensing strain in structures and that current distributed fibre optic strain sensing technologies were too slow to capture dynamic events. There was a consensus that the ability to...

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rockfall monitoring of rail cuttings

Fibre optic sensing systems for safer real-time rockfall monitoring of rail cuttings

Background The Hooley Cutting, near south London, carries the main railway line from London to Brighton through the North Downs. The 30m-deep cutting slopes are susceptible to landslides and need measures to prevent rockfalls reaching the tracks, which have caused train derailments and line...

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Innovation in sensing to monitor the influence of tunnelling under heritage structures

Introduction CSIC is collaborating with the contractor Dragados and its monitoring arm, Geocisa, under the guidance of London Underground, to monitor the structural response of Christopher Wren’s Grade I listed St Mary Abchurch and George Dance’s Mansion House during major tunnelling work taking...

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Multi-sensing structural health monitoring of a skewed masonry arch bridge

In 2018, Network Rail commissioned CSIC and AECOM to install structural health monitoring technologies on a skewed masonry arch bridge in North Yorkshire, which had suffered extensive historic damage. The technologies would monitor how the 150-year-old bridge behaved structurally and how it was...

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Road degradation

Road degradation: a city-scale model to inform efficient asset management and maintenance

The scale of the problem Road degradation is an increasing problem for asset managers. Potholes are one of the main contributing factors and require local authorities to commit limited funding to maintenance and repairs. According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) Annual Local Authority Road...

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Barriers and opportunities for geotechnical engineering

The Observational Method: identifying barriers and opportunities for geotechnical engineering

The OM approach Ralph Peck first introduced the Observational Method (OM) in the 1960s and it is most often used today as a ‘best way out’ process when unforeseen events occur. The method can also provide a formal way to reduce over-design in excavations and deliver projects more economically and...

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Optimise economic growth and development

The virtual lab: data-led decision-making to optimise economic growth and development

Modelling forfuture planning options CSIC Investigator Dr Ying Jin from the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, heads the Cities and Transport Research Group. He is currently leading a three-year‘Cambridge Futures 3’modelling...

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A GIS-based infrastructure management system to increase resilience of terrestrial transportation networks

A GIS-based infrastructure management system to increase resilience of terrestrial transportation networks

Modern society is increasingly dependent on transportation networks. The ability of our transport systems to function during adverse conditions and quickly recover to acceptable levels of service after an extreme event is fundamental to the wellbeing of citizens and strength of the economy. The...

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Wireless fatigue sensor system

An energy efficient wireless fatigue sensor system for long-term monitoring of assets

Metal fatigue is one of the main contributors to mechanical failure ina range of assets, from bridges and street lamps to pipelines and power turbines. During the winter of 2015 the Forth Road Bridge – a main route for around 70,000 vehicles crossing daily between Fife and Edinburgh – was forced to...

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Wind Africa: improving foundation design for wind turbines to support sustainable energy in Africa

Wind Africa: improving foundation design for wind turbines to support sustainable energy in Africa

The project Now in its second year, Wind Africa is a collaborative project which aims to support the potential of renewable energy resources to generate power across the continent and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Approximately half of Africa’s...

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Phase 1 Project Archive

Image: CSIC team members deploying fibre optics to monitor sprayed concrete tunnel lining. CSIC is making substantial impact on industry by delivering a wide range of new technologies designed to overcome specific engineering challenges and provide valuable information, cost savings and a...

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