The interest in smart cities has risen exponentially around the world in the last few years. Smart infrastructure systems are major component of building smart cities. Majority of our public infrastructure was constructed over 40 years ago.
As these deteriorating structures are far from smart, in spite of continuous inspection, sometimes undergo catastrophic failures, as seen in the collapse of the bow river bridge in Calgary in 2013. Efforts for evolving our infrastructure to smarter systems and smarter cities is under way. A workshop is proposed with a two-pronged approach towards accelerating the integration of us civil engineers with the fast advancing cyber world to build smart cities.
SIBS17 will be a combination of, a series of seminars from experts from industry and academia, graduate student poster presentations, and a demonstration workshop for an overall balanced enrichment of students and young professionals. The workshop will demonstrate of some of the sensors used in civil engineering such as accelerometers, temperature sensors for indoor air quality & ventilation, intelligent transportation & vehicle systems etc. This event is aimed at attracting graduate students from structural engineering, materials engineering, building science, and transportation engineering specialties.
By the end of the workshop, the attendees should be able to identify the scope for elevating their research towards a smarter system in their respective domains.
PhD Student, Sustainable InfrastructurE ReseArch Group
Department of Civil Engineering
The University of British Columbia
6250 Applied Science Lane
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4