Thanks to the digital revolution, we live in a world with an increasing abundance of data about everything in our lives. In terms of the built environment, we are now able to digitally capture data about our buildings and infrastructure assets in a way which was not possible even 20 years ago. But the question remains, how to harness that data to best eect? Our built environment is composed of a complex system of infrastructure systems and buildings which underpin the services which we, their users, value. They are interconnected and inter-reliant. How can we use better data about these systems to help us provide and
receive better services, which help our communities to ourish? How can we use that data to help us address the climate crisis and reinstate the balance between the built and natural environments? In this lecture, Dr Schooling will explore the answers to these questions, and describe how the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure has been working with colleagues from academia, industry and policy to enable the adoption and implementation of research outcomes into practice.
Dr. Jennifer Schooling OBE is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at
the University of Cambridge. Jennifer is passionate about changing the way the infrastructure and construction
industries view data, to become a vital asset in its own right, and as an engineering tool for tackling the
key challenges facing our industry, including climate change, resource constraint and resilience. She is a
member of the UK’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) and the Infrastructure Client Group’s Digital Transformation
Task group (DTTG). In 2019 she was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers President's Medal
for her work.
The Center for Infrastructure Resilience in Cities as Livable Environments is one of three research
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(DREMES), established between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Zhejiang University
(ZJU). The CIRCLE Distinguished Lecture Series is intended to provide opportunities for faculty and
students to meet and interact with internationally renowned experts in the eld.
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