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National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

Interdisciplinary Centre for infrastructure sensors and instrumentation

The UKCRIC National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS) is a new state-of-the-art research facility hosted by the University of Cambridge. Housed in the new Civil Engineering Building located on the West Cambridge Campus, it is part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) portfolio of research and innovation facilities funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The new research facility builds on the University’s track record of delivering innovative sensor advancements through its Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), CamBridgeSens research network, and the Centres for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future (STHSF) and Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2).

NRFIS brings together leading edge engineering facilities and sensor development capabilities under one roof to meet the needs across disciplines of civil engineering, infrastructure design, construction, operation and asset management. It offers an interdisciplinary centre to develop sensors and instrumentation for infrastructure monitoring and assessment, spanning scales from an individual asset, such as a tunnel, building or bridge, to a complex system such as a railway or city district.

NRFIS is focused on the research and application of advanced sensor technologies to enable the design, construction, and maintenance of the UK's existing and future infrastructure, such that it is resilient, adaptable, and sustainable for the future.