Podcast | What does intelligent infrastructure mean for future design, maintenance and operation?

The latest episode of The Engineers Collective is now available.

The role of the Internet of Things in enabling fully intelligent infrastructure is honored with a look at what it means for the future of civil engineering in this episode, sponsored by Farnell Electronics.

NCE Editor-in-Chief Claire Smith is joined by Arup Associate Director Rory McCully to look back at the evolution that embedded sensor technology has brought to infrastructure over the past 25 years and reflect on what that the next 25 years could bring.

Claire starts with some predictions that were made by NCE’s 25and anniversary in 1997 where it was expected by 2022 that there would be self-monitoring and self-checking bridges. These had to have their own repair robots and be able to predict when they had reached their lifespan.

Rory and Claire conclude that the industry hasn’t quite reached that point yet and is a long way off, but look at what has been achieved and consider the benefits that the Internet of Things and intelligent infrastructure could bring in the future.

Rory also describes some of the hurdles the industry faces in achieving these benefits, as well as the need for such technology to look at systems rather than infrastructure on a structure-by-structure level to achieve maximum benefit.

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Special guests in previous episodes include Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild, HS2 Ltd special adviser Andrew McNaughton and former ICE chairwoman Rachel Skinner. All are available for download and all deal with current and ongoing issues around skills and major project completion.

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This episode of The Engineers Collective is brought to you by Farnell Electronics.

Farnell is a global electronics and industrial solutions provider, part of the Avnet Group. We provide products, services and solutions to thousands of customers around the world who focus on electronic systems design, manufacturing, industrial environments, as well as the maintenance and repair sectors. We offer a portfolio of nearly one million products from thousands of leading supplier brands around the world. Engineers come to us at every stage of their process, because we are well equipped to offer support with the products they need as well as added value.

Farnell offers an extensive product portfolio of around 80,000 industrial products to support customers on their industrial automation journey – all available for fast delivery. We are well positioned to support several major supplier brands such as Omega, Schneider, Eaton, ABB, Omron, Siemens, Festo, Mitsubishi and Phoenix Contact. Our Industrial Automation & Control Hub provides access to a wide range of technical resources to facilitate plant design and the upgrading of existing systems.

Learn more at en.farnell.com

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