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Professor Song Wu Inaugural Lecture

From eyes to lens, a journey towards digital bridge examination

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This lecture presents Professor Song Wu's research journey to develop a digital examination process for Network Rail that can provide a clear and conclusive overview of a structure's condition, which is also safe, cost and time-efficient compared to traditional examination methodology.

  • From: Wednesday 23 March 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 23 March 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 5, Newton building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 22 March 2022, 12.00 am
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Typical bridge condition surveys are undertaken visually by an examiner using traditional access methods (i.e. access towers), focusing on reporting the worst aspects of the structure. The subjective nature of the examination process can potentially impact the quality and consistency of evaluations significantly.

Dr Wu is a professor of construction management at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University. He is an expert in computer modelling and data analysis in the built and human environment. His current research interest is in reality computing and Artificial Intelligence which covers 3D scanning, UAV data capture, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, serious game technology and machine learning.

Since 2015, he has secured over £3m research grant, including serious games to combat gender-based violence funded by AHRC, UN End Violence fund, Royal Academy of Engineering, Innovate UK and Highway England, Network Rail research in those areas. He is currently leading the Panoptic bridge management project to develop digital bridge examination technologies for Network Rail.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drink’s reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Newton building
Goldsmith Street


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