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Read more at: Opening up the possibilities of building with wood

Opening up the possibilities of building with wood

29 June 2021

A timber pavilion featured at the 2021 London Design Biennale explored how we can use nature based solutions to build back better and address the challenges of the built environment including the climate crisis. Unfolding – created by the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, with partners...


Read more at: Research Profile - Facilitating the digitisation of off-site manufacturing

Research Profile - Facilitating the digitisation of off-site manufacturing

5 March 2021

Off-site manufacturing (OSM) was introduced decades ago as a means to improve productivity, consistency and quality in construction. OSM is defined as the manufacturing, planning, design, fabrication, and assembly of building elements off-site under controlled factory condition. As opposed to the project-based process, the...


Read more at: Research Profile - Staffordshire Bridges – long-term performance monitoring using fibre optic sensors

Research Profile - Staffordshire Bridges – long-term performance monitoring using fibre optic sensors

25 January 2021

A major rail upgrade programme to remove a bottleneck on the West Coast Main Line saw collaboration between Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Volker Rail and Network Rail. The Stafford Area Improvement Programme included construction of a number of new bridges designed by Atkins using Building Information Modelling (BIM) from the...


Read more at: Research Profile - Precision Engineered Timber – Digital design and delivery of healthier schools

Research Profile - Precision Engineered Timber – Digital design and delivery of healthier schools

12 January 2021

The use of prefabricated engineered timber construction methods, including digital design and off-site manufacturing , at scale to build much-needed new schools in the UK will improve construction productivity, performance and be more cost effective than conventional methods. Engineered timber b uildings can be efficient...


Read more at: Publication: ARCOM Conference Paper : OSM & Construction Industry Transformation

Publication: ARCOM Conference Paper : OSM & Construction Industry Transformation

10 September 2020

ARCOM Kwadwo paper.png The paper 'Offsite manufacturing and construction industry transformation: a multi-level socio-technical transitions perspective' has been published in the Proceedings of the 36th Annual ARCOM Conference. Despite its position at the forefront of innovative change in the UK construction industry, its...


Read more at: Case Study: Platform approach to design for manufacture and assembly

Case Study: Platform approach to design for manufacture and assembly

This project set out to show the benefits of a manufacture-led approach to construction, showing how it would support the commitments made by the UK government to improving the construction sector. In particular, it looked at ways in which the construction sector could learn lessons from the...


Read more at: Staffordshire Bridges - Long Term Performance Monitoring using Fibre-Optic Sensors

Staffordshire Bridges - Long Term Performance Monitoring using Fibre-Optic Sensors

The Stafford Area Improvement Programme was a joint venture by Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Volker Rail and Network Rail to remove a bottleneck in the West Coast Main Line that resulted in high- speed trains being impeded by slower local passenger services or by goods trains. To alleviate this...


Read more at: Precision Engineered Timber - Digital design and delivery of healthier schools

Precision Engineered Timber - Digital design and delivery of healthier schools

Our research programme aims to unlock the potential of timber for use in off-site manufactured large-scale school buildings. With the overall goal of transforming timber construction through digital design and manufacturing, this project will : develop timber building procurement models that...


Read more at: Facilitating the digitisation of off-site manufacturing

Facilitating the digitisation of off-site manufacturing

This project will gather evidence from successful, and unsuccessful, use cases, seeking to measure outcomes and benefits and the value of such innovation, to provide an evidence based case to the sector to support greater uptake of digital innovation, and to understand challenges and failures. The...


Read more at: Dr Darshil Shah

Dr Darshil Shah

Research background

Dr Darshil Shah is a senior researcher within the Centre for Natural Material Innovation, working to combine sustainability with performance and functionality in natural materials. He collaborates with scientists across disciplines on developing biomaterials, such as engineered wood, bamboo and natural fibre composites, as light-weight, sustainable and structural alternatives to conventional materials for diverse application sectors, including wind energy, construction, transport, health care, and consumer products.