“Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge

“Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge

Philip Keenan runs business development for Cambridge University’s Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. He explains why there’s an increasing demand for smart information to keep our infrastructures safe.

Early warning sensors save lives

If you Google “sink-hole” you’ll see a whole string of articles about sudden infrastructure collapse. It’s happening all the time. Problems in St Albans UK, New York City, Naples, Queensland Australia and Florida are just a few recent examples. And the list continues:

• In February 2014 the main railway line connecting the UK’s Devon and Cornwall regions collapsed during storms with estimates of the cost to the economy up to €1.4 bn in the two months it was closed.

• In March 2009, the Cologne Historical Archive, one of Europe’s most important disappeared into a cloud of dust. The collapse was later linked to construction of an underground railway line beneath Germany’s fourth-largest city.

• In January 2015 The Scorciavacche viaduct near Palermo collapsed shortly after completion.

Cologne archive collapse 2009

Cologne archive collapse 2009