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National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

Interdisciplinary Centre for infrastructure sensors and instrumentation

Schofield Centre and NRFIS awarded EU H2020 funding to support and advance European infrastructure research

2 June 2021

The University of Cambridge, through its Schofield Centre and NRFIS, have received European Union funding to support the integration and advancement of innovative cutting-edge infrastructure research across Europe.

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Celebrating 10 years of CSIC

13 May 2021

This year, the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) is celebrating 10 years of collaborating to transform infrastructure and construction through smarter information. This vision is as relevant today as it was at the Centre’s launch 10 years ago.

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UKCRIC workshop explores the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation in the built environment

7 May 2021

On Thursday 29 April, the University of Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) hosted an online workshop for UKCRIC academics and researchers to explore the challenges and research opportunities around digitalisation in the built environment.

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UKCRIC NRFIS equipment used to investigate the flexural performance of tailored reinforced concrete slabs for cement reduction

11 March 2021

Using the resources available at the UKCRIC NRFIS, the University of Cambridge Concrete Infrastructure Research Group has been investigating how to optimise cement use in reinforced concrete structures by varying the concrete mix design within elements.

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On sensors, measurements and conventions

4 February 2021

In the latest of CSIC's monthly Smart Infrastructure Blogs, Dr Miguel Bravo Haro, CSIC Research Associate, brings focus to sensors, measurement and particularly to conventions.

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CSIC investigate a new use for existing technology to identify potential sinkholes.

14 January 2021

The occurrence of sinkholes during construction can have devastating consequences. The development of an early warning system to predict the early formation of sinkholes before they cause property damage or even loss of life would be of huge benefit to the infrastructure and construction industry.

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NRFIS robotics to support material efficiency, productivity and sustainability in construction of concrete buildings

14 December 2020

Two robotic arms at the UKCRIC National Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS) are currently being used as part of the Automating Concrete Construction (ACORN) project, a collaboration between researchers at CSIC and the Universities of Bath and Dundee, and multiple partners from across the construction and built environment industry. The ACORN team will create an end-to-end digital process to automate the off-site fabrication of non-prismatic building elements, capitalising on the recent proliferation of affordable robotics and bring them into an industry ripe for a step-change in sustainability and productivity.

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Interactive point cloud and image data generation used to accurately map infrastructure scenes

18 November 2020

PhD Student Maciej Trzeciak, working under the supervision of Dr Ioannis Brilakis is devising an AI-based mobile scanner to digitise the geometry of existing infrastructure assets with high accuracy and density over longer distances. Top cameras and laser sensors funded by NRFIS are helping to achieve this goal.

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Five short presentations on current CSIC research projects are available to view on YouTube

27 October 2020

Five short presentations on current CSIC research projects are available to view on the CSIC YouTube channel. The presentations which were recorded during CSIC’s virtual Partner Gathering event on the 24 September 2020 are followed by a Q&A session chaired by Professor Lord Robert Mair, Head of CSIC and Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE, Director of CSIC.

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Data-driven decision-making for smart sustainability

20 October 2020

'Collaborative action will be crucial to securing the changes required to reach net zero by 2050' Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and UKCRIC Champion and Thought Leader, calls for collaborative sector action to build a data-driven, low-carbon and low-waste future.

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