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) is focussed on the research and application of advanced sensor technologies for infrastructure monitoring and assessment.

NRFIS brings together specialist engineering facilities and sensor development capabilities under one roof, providing an interdisciplinary centre for cutting edge research to explore the development and application of novel sensor systems at a range of scales.

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 open to both academic and industry clients to help tackle infrastructure challenges, optimise opportunities and accelerate research and innovation towards carbon reduction, resource-efficiency, and infrastructure resilience. 


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

Find out more: 

Visit site

Contact Dr Pieter Desnerck,


Watch the National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing presentation or download the slides as a PDF.