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Construction Information Technology Laboratory


Past Project

Bridge Strike

June 2013 – December 2013

London Underground, London, UK & Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction (CUED) Grant #59570, PI: Ioannis Brilakis, £25,200

This project aims were to provide early, reliable warning and notification of bridge strikes using digital video and accelerometers. The system will use digital video and advanced computer vision algorithms to attempt to determine the height of approaching vehicles using a single camera. The accelerometers will be used to determine whether or not over-height approaching vehicles actually hit the bridge, and could provide an indication of a bridge strike to London Underground. If the system could be shown to reliably generate a warning in advance of an impending bridge strike there is the potential to save bridge owners and haulage companies (or their insurers) large sums of money by preventing bridge strikes from occurring in the first place. The project was funded by Transport for London (TfL) and Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).

Leading researcher: Bella Nguyen

Latest news

Funding secured for research aimed at improving construction using Digital Twins

1 May 2020

Dr Ioannis Brilakis, Director of the Department’s Construction Information Technology (CIT) Lab group (part of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology) and visiting Professor Rafael Sacks, have been awarded grant funding to enhance building progress monitoring and quality control through Digital Building Twins.

PhD studentships advertised as part of the Cloud-based Building Information Modelling (CBIM) training network

13 November 2019

The following PhD studentships are available at the University of Cambridge on the European Commission-funded, Marie Sklodowska-Curie "CBIM" European...