Derby-based engineering consultancy, Fishbone Solutions has signed up to the national SPRINT business support programme to develop an advanced Readiness Assessment tool for large infrastructure projects. SPRINT will support Fishbone Solutions’ collaboration with the University of Leicester, which will bring expertise in leveraging satellite-derived data. This will enable Fishbone Solutions to remotely monitor the state of readiness of large infrastructure projects, and identify and report potential issues.
The SPRINT project will enable Fishbone Solutions to accelerate the development of the Readiness product and enter the market 9-to-12 months faster than would otherwise be possible through current expertise and capability within the company.
The University of Leicester’s expertise in leveraging satellite imagery using machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques will be used to develop a system that takes satellite-derived imagery of critical elements of large infrastructure projects and validates its readiness.
The project will be funded by a grant from the £4.8 million SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) programme that provides unprecedented access to university space expertise and facilities. SPRINT helps businesses through the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies.
Mark Gadsby, Director of Fishbone Solutions said: “The application lends itself nicely to the space innovation expertise available at Leicester, which has significant resources in this area and was facilitated by SPRINT, which was a relatively easy-to-access funding stream.
“The SPRINT project will allow us to develop the relationship with the University of Leicester and harness its expertise to help us accelerate the development of software products for emerging domains in the space and engineering sectors.”
Ashiq Anjum, Professor of Distributed Systems, University of Leicester added: “We have experience of previous large-scale analytics projects which means that we can use the different streams of data to bring intelligence to different sectors.
“We will help Fishbone Solutions to validate and verify their system through satellite data, using a combination of machine learning models, validation algorithms and cloud computing systems. It’s a novel application that can open new doors to other potential projects, such as large construction and infrastructure projects.”