The Structures Group is a sub-division within Civil Engineering with around 70 'core' members including graduate students, research associates and academic, technician and administrative staff. The Group also reflects an extended community of MEng students, affiliated, honorary and emeritus staff, and interested parties from other groups and organisations.
Structures Group research themes reflect interests in structural mechanics, design, multi-material systems, material efficiency and structural aspects of construction and through-life behaviour. The Group has strong research links with other parts of the Division, Department, and University, and high impact industrial collaboration.
The Structures Group covers a wide range of Part I and Part II teaching – activities such as the IA Structural Design Course is always a firm favourite among current and former undergraduate students. The Group also provides technical and academic support to the Division through its stewardship of the Department's large-scale Structures Lab facilities. The weekly Structures seminars are open to all and showcase the latest structural engineering advances.
Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC)
the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction is part of the Structure Group and is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and industry. CSIC develops cutting edge sensing and data analysis models to provide a powerful platform for delivering data to enable smarter whole-life asset management decisions, for both new infrastructure and existing assets. CSIC collaborates with partner organisations across policy, standards and industry adoption to effect transformative change. Through the University of Cambridge, CSIC is an active member of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) and is hosted in the UKCRIC-funded National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS).