EPSRC Programme Grant

ROSEHIPS: Revolutionising Operational Safety and Economy for High-value Infrastructure using Population-based SHM

Healthy infrastructure is critical in ensuring the continued health of UK society and the economy.


What’s On

Pint of Science – Sheffield

Tuesday 14th May 2024

ROSEHIPS PI Prof Keith Worden offers a talk “When is a bridge not an aeroplane?” during the 2024 Pint of Science festival in Sheffield. For further info and tickets – https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/ai-hidden-in-plain-sight

Sheffield Dynamics Research Group Showcase

Monday 8th July 2024 – Further information to follow



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What We Do

Healthy infrastructure is critical in ensuring the continued health of UK society and the economy. Unfortunately, monitoring and maintaining our buildings and transport network is expensive. Considering bridges, inspection is usually carried out visually by human experts.

There are not the resources to carry out the inspections as often as desired, or to make any repairs as quickly as needed; in the UK a backlog of maintenance works, identified in 2019, will cost £6.7bn.

When resources are stretched, mistakes can be made, sometimes with tragic consequences; in 2018, despite warnings about possible problems, the Morandi Bridge in Genova, Italy, collapsed at a cost of 43 lives. Collapse is not the only problem; extreme weather events driven by climate change can test the performance of infrastructure beyond its limits e.g. consider the cost and inconvenience caused by bridge closures forced by flooding.

Bridges are only one concern. The offshore wind (OW) sector has driven down energy costs and increased power output, and now pioneers a global change to clean energy. The UK leads globally in OW energy, with ~8 GW of capacity, expected to exceed 25 GW by 2030, providing almost one third of the UK’s annual electricity demand and helping meet the Climate Change Act’s (2008) difficult 2050 target for an 80% cut in UK carbon output.



Our Team

We are based at the universities of Sheffield, Queen’s Belfast, Exeter and Cambridge

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Contact Us

For further information please contact us.

Keith Worden Sheffield

Professor Keith Worden

Principal Investigator

Department of Mechanical Engineering
0114 222 7758

Dr Tim Rogers

Deputy Principal Investigator

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
+44 (0) 114 222 7820

Karen El-Arifi, Sheffield

Karen El-Arifi

Project Manager

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Grace Jackson-Stokes, Sheffield

Grace Jackson-Stokes

Project Administrator

Department of Mechanical Engineering