The increasing ability of data means that we are now in a position to monitor and understand our infrastructure and cities as never before. But what data should we collect? How should we manage and analyse it? How do we decide where to invest limited resources into sensing systems, novel technologies and data analytics? These questions and others like them have been at the heart of research at the Cambridge Centre from Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) for the last decade. Jennifer will present some of the projects CSIC has delivered with industry partners which demonstrate the potential that data has to transform the way we plan, design, deliver, manage and operate our infrastructure systems.
Bio: Dr Jennifer Schooling is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. She works with colleagues in industry and academia to demonstrate how better data and information from a range of sensing systems can be used to improve our understanding of infrastructure, leading to better design, construction and asset management practices, and to improve our understanding of how our infrastructure serves our communities. This has included projects in structural health monitoring, whole-life value-based asset management and development of digital twins to support decision making. She has contributed to a range of industry guidance, policy documents and wider industry publications to raise awareness of the need for digitalisation. Jennifer serves on BSI and ISO committees developing standards for digitalisation in the built environment, and is a member of the UK’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) and the Infrastructure Client Group’s Digital Transformation Task group (DTTG). Jennifer was lead author for the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. In 2019 Jennifer was awarded the OBE and the ICE President’s Medal for services to engineering and digital construction.
Director of Cambridge Center for Smart Infrastructure and Construction University of Cambridge