Creating sustainable solutions to infrastructure challenges

As our cities age, so too do their infrastructures. From crumbling bridges, outdated fire hydrants to aging municipal water pipes, much of our country's infrastructure is in need of substantial maintenance or replacement. 

Waterloo Engineering’s smart infrastructure experts are shaping innovative cost-effective solutions to meet Canada's infrastructure challenges.

Through the use of sensors and smart data acquisition technology, our interdisciplinary researchers are coming up with innovative ways to assess and protect infrastructure and reduce the risk of failures caused by natural and man-made hazards.

  1. July 11, 2019New robotics technology improves bridge inspections

    Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed new technology to automate bridge inspections for structural defects and deterioration.

    The system uses autonomous robots, cameras and lidar to systematically collect data for detection and analysis, making mandatory safety inspections both cheaper and more reliable.

  2. Mar. 5, 2019Adjusting signals would ease traffic in snowstorms

    Waterloo Engineering researchers have found an inexpensive way for cities to ease congestion and improve safety by tweaking the timing of traffic lights during snowstorms.

    After collecting data and running sophisticated computer simulations, the researchers determined that adjusting signals at intersections to take poor road conditions into account could reduce delays by up to 20 per cent.

  3. Dec. 5, 2018AI tech could help cities detect expensive water leaks

    Costly losses in municipal water systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

    Developed by researchers at Waterloo Engineering in collaboration with industry partners, the smart infrastructure technology has the potential to detect even small leaks in pipes.

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