Thursday, 29 September 2016

New academic year, new challenges

Hello all! 

I hope you had wonderful holidays during the summer.

Fortunately, I had a great time during August. However, as October is right behind the corner, a new academic year is approaching with its new challenges and ideas. 

During the first months (3/4) of this new academic year I am going to work at AECOM in order to carry out my secondment within the TRUSS project. 
AECOM is an US engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services in the structural framework. 
During these months, I will have the opportunity to speak with bridge and structural experts, that will bring their expertise into the development of my research project. 
I am mainly based at the AECOM office in Chilwell, just 15 minutes drive from Nottingham. However, I will go to spend some time in Birmingham within the bridge and railway management team. 

AECOM office in Chilwell.
During the secondment, we hope to enhance our mathematical method with real bridge measurement in order to demonstrate how the current method for health assessment can be improved. 
The development of such mathematical methods, which are able to monitor and automatically detect the health state of the railway bridges, seems to be needed to improve and guarantee the safety and reliability of the railway network. Indeed, just a month ago, as you can see here, a railway bridge collapsed in Chile!!! 

See you soon with new information and updates!