Fibre optics that give remote and real-time assessment of structural health.
The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) has created two of the first ever smart bridges in the UK. Fibre optic sensors monitor everything about the bridge's performance throughout its entire life, from manufacture and construction to operation and maintenance. These two new smart bridges are more than just passive masses of concrete and steel – they act as self-sensing structures that will update asset managers and engineers of their changing condition. They will create a real-time picture of the bridge's performance so maintenance can be scheduled when and where needed, rather than relying solely on infrequent visual inspections that can be prone to error, hazardous and costly. And because this level of monitoring is unprecedented, it acts as a living lab to capture insights that could change the future design of our bridges, and create a smart infrastructure that better supports the services it delivers and the people who use it.
Innovation type: Digital
Organisation type: Construction tier 1 contractors, Private sector client, Research centre