Nottingham partnerships reach new far-east deal

The University of Nottingham partners with Asia’s biggest construction company on joint project funded by European Space Agency

The University of Nottingham’s Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre is collaborating with a subsidiary of China Railway Group, the biggest construction company in Asia, on a joint project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The project, known as GNSS and Earth Observation for Structural Health of Monitoring of Bridges (GeoSHM), uses advanced satellite navigation and positioning technology to generate real-time measurements of bridge movement and to understand how different environmental and industrial factors can affect bridge stability over time.

The subsidiary, China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance and Design Institute (BRDI) will assist in promoting GeoSHM services in China, the world’s biggest market for the technology.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BRDI’s General Manager Mr Zhang Min. The MoU aims to establish a long-term partnership between the two organisations and widen the links with The University of Nottingham in both Ningbo and in the UK.

As a result of the agreement, a series of investments will pave the way for further commercialisation of GeoSHM technology, in order to explore the £10 billion global market of satellite-based monitoring of large infrastructure.

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