Smart technology is changing the face of infrastructure, utilities and transport. The use of automation, data analytics, IoT, and cyber-physical simulation is improving asset management, driving service innovation and producing new sustainable materials, designs and practices.
Areas of expertise
Developing 5G/6G technologies to support the next generation of infrastructure-ready IoT devices.
Smart spaces & buildings
Proof-of-concept testing of new sensor technologies using Tech Lab as a ‘living laboratory’. Benchmarking of sensors, optimising data acquisition systems and rolling out towards 5G/6G.
Predictive maintenance & non-destructive testing
Implementing long-term damage characterisation strategies that facilitate condition-based maintenance and cost-effective asset management.
Roads, pavement & rail
Optimising the planning, construction and performance of multi-modal transport networks to ensure they are reliable, resilient, safe and sustainable.
Using autonomous vehicles to monitor utility and transport assets. Collecting and analysing data to support decision making and operations management.
Real-time electricity grid simulation
Connecting real hardware to a simulated grid (hardware-in the-loop) in order to solve complex energy conversion problems, test equipment and evaluate the impact of power devices (inverters, battery chargers, wind turbines, PV modules).
Tech Lab offers a number of multi-disciplinary labs that support the infrastructure, utilities and transport industries.
Industry research projects
The Structural Engineering Lab, Transport Research Centre and Communications Lab are unique facilities available to Tech Lab partners.