Coordination Node

The Coordination Node (CN) will be advised by senior leaders from industry, government and academia in the UK and elsewhere. It will provide a central point of governance and coordination for UKCRIC, nationally and internationally.

The CN will ensure that the impact of the capital investments is achieved and communicated across and between sectors and communities. Furthermore it will support the overall direction of the research programme to be governed by commerce, academia and government in a coordinated way.

Networking enabled by the CN will ensure that all these facilities work together to exploit the obvious synergies between them (e.g. interactions between water, materials and the ground, and use of sensors in all experiments) and with other UKCRIC strands (e.g. the testing of solutions in the Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs and interpretation of results in modelling, simulation and visualisation).

Integrating these facilities through UKCRIC will enable all relevant academic and user communities to work together on the challenges of current and next generation of infrastructure.

Knowledge and Learning

The CN will coordinate a series of channels of collaborative knowledge and learning, including:

  1. the setting up of a collaborative Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) to promote the development of the next generation of research leaders, addressing the skills demands of the infrastructure sector, and positioning the UK as a global leader in building resilient, adaptable, and affordable systems (led by Loughborough University).
  2. the establishment of a learning framework to promote collaboration across traditional boundaries, to capture the meta learning and learning journeys relevant to infrastructure research and development (led by Bristol University)
  3. the development of an “infrastructure” ontology and an intelligent knowledge hub with the tools to enable the synthesis of research across different facilities and research programmes (led by Loughborough University).