Using evidence and insight, we can identify the most pressing safety challenges facing built environments, and direct funding to support effective and long-lasting interventions.
As of 2020, the total sum of manufactured materials and structures on the planet now outweighs the world’s natural biomass. A large portion of this is critical infrastructure – energy, roads, communication, ports.
Much of the critical infrastructure that exists today will exist way beyond its original design life. This poses a serious risk to the safety of people and property.
How can we maintain existing critical infrastructures and facilitate the construction of new infrastructures in a way that is resilient, sustainable and safe?
Our Foresight Review of Structural Integrity and Systems Performance highlighted that the Foundation’s efforts should focus on:
- Additive manufacturing: the safety of systems containing 3D and 4D additive manufactured parts
- Engineering science challenges: advancing the state-of-the-art of engineering science to maximise safety
- Whole systems thinking: development of an economic whole-system approach to demonstrate safety and integrity
- Data centric engineering: champion the emerging field of data-centric engineering
- Maintenance and inspection: minimising the risks associated with maintenance and inspection of critical infrastructure.
Safety of critical infrastructure
We focus on areas where we can harness our unique strengths and assets to enhance the safety of critical infrastructure.