National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

Located in the University of Cambridge new Civil Engineering Building on their West Cambridge Campus, the National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS) will focus on the research and application of advanced sensor technologies for infrastructure monitoring and assessment.

The facility will work across a range of scales, from nanoscale sensor development to multi-metre full-scale testing of large infrastructure components.

Research at NRFIS is underpinned by the academic expertise of the research groups and specialist centres of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), and Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology located within the Civil Engineering Building. NRFIS is focused on the research and application of advanced sensor technologies to enable the design, construction, and maintenance of the UK's existing and future infrastructure, such that it is resilient, adaptable, and sustainable for the future.

The NRFIS facility is up and running from September 2019.


Who can use the facility Functions/facilities available

Academic researchers

Equipment, study space, meeting rooms

Industry (research and consultancy)  Equipment, hot-desking space, meeting rooms
Fellowships and PhD Studentships Equipment, study space, hot-desking space, meeting rooms

Facility Highlights

  • £18m investment
  • Novel Prototyping, Sensor Maintenance and Vibration Isolation Sensor Laboratories
  • Advanced facilities for data analysis and smart infrastructure computation
  • Construction IT Laboratory for sensing, information retrieval, and knowledge discovery from infrastructure data.
  • Laboratories for structural, material and durability research
  • Geomechanics and High Pressure/Temperature Specimen Testing Laboratories

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Contact Dr Pieter Desnerck,