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National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

Interdisciplinary Centre for infrastructure sensors and instrumentation


Minimising the embodied energy of buildings and infrastructure is key component to achieving global emissions reductions targets. The Structural Materials Laboratory aims to transform construction through new methodologies for design, manufacture, assembly, use, reuse, and deconstruction. The laboratory is used to test ideas, from the digital to the physical, which will support a change in culture in design to make minimal embodied energy structures the preferred outcome on all construction projects. We are developing robotic construction methods, digital imaging and scanning techniques and their associated control systems.

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