Towards intelligent civil infrastructure

Oreste S. Bursi, Daniele Zonta, Manuel Fassin

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We present our vision of civil engineering in the coming ten years. With the help of a number of research case studies, we will show how radical developments in telecommunications and sensor technologies are about to change the way that civil engineering design and infrastructure maintenance are conceived and carried out. Indeed, within the next ten years smart structural elements with embedded sensors and systems capable of self-diagnosis will be a normal part of buildings. Whereas today the structural engineer conceives the single building or bridge as a stand-alone project, in future it is likely that structures will be regarded as cells in a complex being - the civil infrastructure network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 17th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2015
Event17th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2015 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 5 Jul 20159 Jul 2015


Conference17th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2015


  • civil structural health monitoring
  • fiber optic sensors
  • photonic crystal
  • smart structures


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