Mehdi Alhaddad, PhD Researcher at CSIC, University of Cambridge, Presents: “Who Moved My Tunnel”

Over the last few years Mehdi Alhaddad has developed a new photogrammetric system which has been designed to monitor tunnel deformation with an unprecedented precision. This system, CSattAR, has been installed in a number of tunnels to monitor their integrity of their structure while other construction activities were taking place nearby. This includes monitoring operational London Underground tunnels, and other underground spaces that were affected by the excavation of Crossrail project. CSattAR has been shortlisted for several international awards relating to tunnelling and construction industries.

Mehdi Alhaddad will be presenting an overview of CSattAR and will explain the values and advantages of implementing this new system inside tunnels. He will demonstrate some new observations that were made possible because of using such precise system and explain how such systems can enhance the safety of our current construction procedures and how they can help us understand the behaviour of our infrastructure assets during construction.

About Mehdi Alhaddad

Mehdi Alhaddad is currently a PhD researcher at Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction – University of Cambridge. His areas of research include implementing ground breaking technologies in the monitoring of our infrastructure (during construction as well as during their life time). He is the founder of CSattAR which specialises in structural health monitoring of tunnels using photogrammetric techniques.

About CSIC

The Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) is a world-leading hub for innovation and knowledge transfer and allows leading people and organisations from industry and research to come together to develop novel solutions for some very real challenges.

The partnership specialises in emerging technologies. Our innovations in sensing, monitoring and data management help industry work more safely and efficiently in many settings, and projects range from smart design of individual components to whole lifecycle management of infrastructure assets. We help conceive and prove novel developments, support you in bringing them to market and find ways to drive take-up and adoption.

CSIC’s work with standards bodies promotes homogeneity of datasets and components, and also contributes to the broader BIM landscape, thereby allowing its partners to build industry confidence in what they do. In turn this helps to raise the profile the work they undertake. We facilitate new partnerships, too, by bringing together thought leaders to forge new ideas, tackle common problems and reach new markets. In short, we’re here to help innovative infrastructure and construction partners to work ‘smart’ and be ahead of the game.