Sensing Innovation Challenges for Concrete Structures

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IET Glasgow: Teacher Building

14 Saint Enoch Square

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Sensing Innovation Challenges for Concrete Structures

A collaboration between two Innovation Centres: CENSIS and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), with the Offshore Renewables Institute (ORI), this workshop will to help those interested in pursuing collaborative R&D projects to accelerate the commercial development of sensor technologies in concrete for a range of end applications.


The event will:

  • Identify challenges – and potential solutions - applicable to a wide range of markets.

  • Identify actions through which CENSIS, CSIC and ORI can support them.

  • Build new consortia for collaborative project activity.

  • Offer plenty of time for networking to develop new supply chain relationships.


The service life of reinforced concrete used in major infrastructure such bridges, ports, airports, and in a wide variety of coastal and offshore structures can be compromised by corrosion. This is caused by a number of factor, e.g., chemical or environmental attack and physical or mechanical damage.  Carbon dioxide and corrosive salts can penetrate the concrete cover and result in corrosion. These processes are, however, complex, non-linear and highly variable. This makes generalised predictions of future performance of assets difficult and NDT expensive.

Corrosion monitoring is essential to preserve the life of concrete structures, and early diagnosis is vital.  Until recently, visual inspections, often in remote and hard to reach locations, were the only way to check the health of a civil structure.  Now, using sensor systems technology, engineers can use remote monitoring to provide them with the information needed to undertake earlier planned maintenance or corrosion control measures before the cracks begin to show.


  • Onshore and offshore civil structures –  from oil platforms and wind farms, to embankments and bridges. 

  • Road, rail and air transport, including road surfaces, airport runways and railway lines.

  • Domestic and commercial properties.

  • Accessing and managing data from numerous, widely distributed sensors


  • 10:00 - Registration and Coffee

  • 10:30 - Welcome and Aims

  • 10:40 - Construction Industry Perspectives: end users/industry needs

  • 11:10 - Sensor Systems Perspectives: technology developer solution

  • 11:40 - Coffee

  • 12:10 - Research Perspectives: leading edge R&D developments

  • 12:40 - Funding, Support & Collaboration

  • 13:10 - Closing remarks

  • 13:15 - Lunch and networking 


The event is FREE and is designed to bring together the whole supply chain. It is suitable for construction industry developers, offshore energy developers, commercial technology providers (OEMs and providers of networking, comms or data analysis solutions to support decision making) and academic researchers. It is open to those who have experience of applying technology in this sector and those who have not considered this sector before.


By the end of the event:

  • Challenge providers will get an overview of new the potential for new systems that are wireless and easy to install or retrofit; delivering data to mobile device or app and providing advanced analytics to solve a wide range of technical issues including improved predictive monitoring, planned maintenance, minimise downtime, better incident management, workflow planning and health and safety.

  • Technology solution developers will get a feel for the challenges – and opportunities - in the construction sector worth £6Bn pa to the Scottish economy. 

  • All delegates will understand the state of the art research being developed in Scottish HEIs and understand how this will eventually be rolled out industry.

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