Stefania C. Radopoulou, PhD student at the CIT lab, and Dr Ioannis Brilakis, Laing O'Rourke Lecturer of Construction Engineering, were awarded the best paper award of the 21st International Workshop: Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE2014) that was held on 16-18 July, in Cardiff, UK. The paper is entitled "Improving Patch Defect Detection using Vision Tracking on Video Data". It proposes a method for automatically detecting and tracking patches in surface pavement videos. This piece of work is part of a project towards the automation of pavement surface monitoring the results of which are of great interest to road owners and authorities responsible for pavement maintenance.
The consortium of Laing O'Rourke(LOR), Tony Gee and Partners, and the CIT group at the University of Cambridge has been selected for an award of £1,2 mil for Digitally Enabling the Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Maintenance (DfMA) of Bridges by the UK Technology Strategy Board.
This grant is trying to address a major challenge in the infrastructure sector; the supply of bridges is not commoditised in the UK. Bridges are largely designed as bespoke solutions with the majority of the work being carried out on site. Moreover, workers are exposed to hazards since they have to work at elevated heights and spend time near high traffic volumes. When improving and/or replacing existing bridges, disruption through lane closures and detours is common. This project aims to tackle the problems above through an integrated digital delivery process for bridges and bridge parts that will address their whole lifecycle from identification and rationalisation of needs to manufacture, assembly, operation, maintenance and decommissioning. The output will be an interoperable set of digital tools, data schema and virtual prototyping processes that will lead to the automated manufacture of a set of standardised, validated parts and sub-assemblies at a controlled price, configured virtually, and in reality capable of meeting the requirements of the most common bridge types.
This will unlock and leverage the expertise in virtualizing and monitoring infrastructure of the CIT group and the investment made by LOR in Computer Aided Advanced Manufacturing through creation of a demand for offsite manufactured bridge parts and assemblies and allow digitally driven advanced manufacturing processes to be applied to bridge delivery. The project will provide a transformative change in the way we design, build, operate and decommission bridges, accelerate delivery and improve the industry’s safety record by moving significant amount of work off-site.
JPS Invitation Fellowships provide the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for single visits of between 7 days to 10 months (Long Term, Short Term and Short Term S). Eligible applicants need to be established researchers with an excellent record of research achievements. Eligible research fields are not limited. These fellowships can be awarded to the same researcher multiple times. The application deadline is the 5th of September 2014 to JPS Tokyo via host in Japan. Fellowships must be started between 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. Please visit this webpage for further information: http://www.jsps.org/news/2014/07/fy2015-call-for-jsps-invitation-fellowships.html. For more information, please contact Dr Brilakis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Charles M. Vest NAE Grand Challenges International Scholarship unites talented young engineers across the UK with leading Engineering Institutions in the United States in order to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and provides the opportunity for graduated students at selected International Universities to pursue research at a leading United States University with expenses paid for a year of travel and study. UW is one of the universities participating in the VEST fellowship program Prof Laura Lowes from the UW Civil and Environmental Engineering Department invites a graduate student of the CIT Group to spend a year at UW doing research and taking classes. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due 1 October 2014. Students should submit applications through the Fellowship website https://vestscholars.org/application. For more information please contact Dr Brilakis (email@example.com)
- University of CambridgeResearch Laboratory
University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering ISG-62, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ
The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that is set up for sensing, information retrieval, and knowledge discovery from infrastructure data. The research projects at the laboratory focus on the extraction and analysis of unstructured and semi-structured data, such as images, video, and the geometry of construction projects. The laboratory also engages in education, outreach and engagement activities that relate to its mission. This includes demonstrations for graduate and undergraduate students, hands-on activities for secondary education, student experiments for class projects, and others.
Experiments performed at the laboratory commonly involve the real-time collection of data using intensity, infrared, and positioning sensors placed on the CIT lab's testbeds and the subsequent pre-processing and analysis needed to extract information using pattern recognition tools for object detection, segmentation, abnormal pattern extraction and other purposes that serve the objectives of each research project.
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