ICE UAE Spearing Lecture 2017, Dubai

25 October, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:15

Venue address:

RTA Headquarters
Umm Ramool
Street 5, Marrakech Street
United Arab Emirates
Smart civil engineering infrastructure and construction
Smart civil engineering infrastructure and construction

About this event

The engineering, management, maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure requires fresh thinking to minimise use of materials, energy and labour whilst still ensuring resilience. This can only be achieved by a full understanding of its performance, both during its construction and throughout its design life, through the application of innovative sensor technologies and other emerging technologies. It can benefit enormously from being 'smart', which involves the innovative use of emerging technologies in sensor and data management.

Based at Cambridge University the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), funded by the UK Government and industry, aims to transform the future of infrastructure. Its role is to advance research in smart infrastructure and create impact in the infrastructure and construction industry. CSIC is developing cutting edge sensing and data analysis models, which will provide a powerful platform for providing data to enable smarter and proactive decisions, both during new construction and for existing infrastructure.

The Lecture will describe how CSIC is collaborating with industry to commercialise independent, world-leading research and drive technology-led business growth using novel technologies such as fibre optics, wireless sensor networks, low power sensors based on micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), computer vision and energy harvesting.

Examples of recent applications will be presented, showing how these new technologies have the potential to revolutionise the construction and management of infrastructure. Such opportunities can lead to considerably enhanced efficiencies, economies, resilience and adaptability, benefitting not just the construction industry but society served by its infrastructure.

The event will start at 6:45 PM with refreshments served from 6.30 pm.

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Professor Lord Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS

Professor Lord Mair

Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering

Robert Mair was Master of Jesus College 2001-2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-2011; he is now a Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Before he was appointed to a Professorship at Cambridge in 1998 he worked in industry for 27 years, in 1983 founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He is Engineering Adviser to the Laing O'Rourke Group.

His research group at Cambridge specialises in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He has advised on numerous tunnelling and major civil engineering projects in the UK and worldwide. He is closely involved with Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project currently under construction in London, and was a member of its Engineering Expert Panel. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of Transport.

He also leads the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of civil engineering infrastructure. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Shale Gas for the Government, published in 2012.

In October 2015 he was appointed an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords.