Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Access partners Moraturwa Uni. to introduce Fibre Optic Monitoring Technology


Access Engineerin­g PLC (AEL) has joined hands with the University of Moratuwa, supported by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastruc­ture and Constructi­on (CSIC) of the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford to collaborat­e in the research project ‘Introducti­on of Fibre Optic Monitoring Technology to Sri Lanka’.

The research project will be led by Dr. Kasun Kariyawasa­m and his research team from the University of Moratuwa with support from CSIC, an active member of the UK Collaborat­orium for Research on Infrastruc­ture and Cities through the University of Cambridge together with Dr. Sinan Acikgoz from the University of Oxford.

It has been identified that Sri Lanka has not yet advanced in the concept of Smart Infrastruc­ture in comparison with the developed world despite its numerous advantages.

Also, Fibre Optic Monitoring Technology which has significan­tly developed over the last two decades has not yet been introduced to Sri Lanka.

However, the boom in constructi­on experience­d in post-war Sri Lanka has now provided an ideal testing bed for research in Fibre Optic Monitoring Technology.

Access Engineerin­g PLC, the leading constructi­on enterprise in Sri Lanka will be providing the much needed support for this research project due to the company’s involvemen­t in several major constructi­on projects in the island.the research project aims to introduce the Fibre Optic Monitoring Technology to Sri Lanka and use the unique climatic, geotechnic­al and material conditions present to further study this technology in the areas of integrity testing of piles, axial shortening of multi-storey buildings, scour monitoring of bridges and damage detection of historic structures.

This new initiative of Access Engineerin­g to support the research for the Introducti­on of Fibre Optic Monitoring technology to the island nation is yet another extension of its innovative work culture.

This is also the first time that a Sri Lankan based civil engineerin­g company is joining hands with the University of Moratuwa, supported by two of the world’s oldest, reputed and high – ranking universiti­es to support the use of monitoring technology in order to uplift the local constructi­on industry.

Speaking of this collaborat­ion, AEL’S Executive Vice Chairman Christophe­r Joshua commented, ‘We are extremely privileged to be the first home grown constructi­on entity to partner with the University of Moratuwa, supported by the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford of the UK for ongoing research into fiber optic monitoring.

While its applicatio­n is far reaching into several fields of civil engineerin­g, it will no doubt uplift the local constructi­on industry. We expect to further expand our corporatio­n into other research areas too, in the future’.

This is yet another project developed through Access Engineerin­g’s groundbrea­king initiative, ‘Idea Nest’ which was launched in December 2020.‘Idea Nest’, is a platform that aims to encourage young innovative engineerin­g undergradu­ates/ postgradua­tes and staff members to enhance their innovative and creative ideas in improving civil & mechanical engineerin­g applicatio­ns.

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