A strategic Partnership between Elite Innovation Centre Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and Research and Technology organisation TWI has been announced, focusing on Condition and Structural Health Monitoring in transport infrastructure.
The partnership will see a new ‘Smart Asset Management’ business unit set up under the TSC and based at TWI’s state of the art facilities in Cambridge. The TSC is aiming to incorporate the expertise of TWI to develop self-sustaining transport infrastructure and technology. To achieve this, the TSC and TWI will utilise the Internet of Things with the broad range of monitoring technology already being developed by the TWI.
The TSC is already incorporating a wide range of data into city scale digital models to aid transport planning – including things like traffic flow, pedestrian simulations and pollution sensors. Areas such as ultrasonic monitoring technology used on railways and vibration sensing will feed into this and potentially open the doors to Intelligent Transport Systems which can maintain themselves in an efficient and cost effective manner.
There are also huge implications for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) where Condition and Structural Health Monitoring could help to ensure self-driving vehicles are safe over long periods of usage.
TSC CEO Steve Yianni explained:
“At the TSC we are developing the world of Intelligent Mobility, where journeys are seamless, transport is smart and connected, and delays and congestion are a thing of the past. A vital component in achieving this is the long term maintenance of the system, and the partnership with TWI will strengthen our offer and allow us to develop sustainable and cost effective solutions in this area. By incorporating Condition and Structural Monitoring technology into the Internet of Things and Smart City infrastructure, we can look to a future where transport systems can help maintain themselves as well as providing an efficient service for travellers.”
TWI Chief Executive Christoph Wiesner said:
‘The close collaboration and co-locating of TSC with TWI will enable the sharing of information, skills and expertise for the generation of cutting edge research for smart transport systems, and enable us to focus our industry expertise in asset safety and reliability through mathematical modelling and sensor systems on the development of the next generation of technologies and specialist engineers. This initiative complements and enhances the Structural Integrity Hub established and managed by TWI.’
About the TWI
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. Established at Great Abington, Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff. The company employs more than 900 staff, serving 700 Member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses the National Structural Integrity Research Centre for postgraduate education, and The Welding Institute, a professional institution with a separate membership of over 6000 individuals.
About Transport Systems Catapult
The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. We are here to support business growth, increase the UK’s share of the global Intelligent Mobility market, and attract investment – creating jobs and generating long-term economic growth.
We will help sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, we are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world’s most pressing transport challenges.
The Transport Systems Catapult is one of an elite network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. All Catapults obtain their funds from a combination of core Innovate UK support and competitively won business and public sector funding. In addition, the Transport Systems Catapult is receiving substantial funding from the UK’s Department for Transport. For more information, please visit www.ts.catapult.org.uk