Monitoring Technologies for Bridge Management

Edited by Baidar Bakht (University of Manitoba), Aftab A. Mufti (University of Manitoba) and Leon D. Wegner (University of Saskatchewan)
Publication date: April 2011 • ISBN 978-1-907132-27-8 • 536pp • £95/$152


Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is the integration of a system of sensors, model validation, system identification, monitoring strategies, data mining, data management and interpretation of the data for decision-making purposes. The term civionics has been coined to denote the integration of civil structures with electrophotonic sensors for the purpose of determining the health of the structures.

The use of SHM requires the integration of several different disciplines, including civil engineering, electrical engineering and physics. When experts in different fields come together for an SHM project, communication can be difficult, each expert not necessarily understanding the basics of the others’ fields of expertise. This book aims to fill the interdisciplinary gap for engineers in relation to the SHM of bridges, providing the necessary information in one volume.

Expert international authors contribute chapters on the aspects of SHM that address performance monitoring for bridges. The performance of structures is determined from measurements of strain, load, temperature, deformation, vibration and environmental conditions using various forms of instrumentation. In addition, the monitored performance is complemented with theoretical modelling to determine load capacity ratings and to estimate the remaining service life. The book addresses the integration of traditional visual assessment and field/laboratory destructive testing programs with state-of-the-art internal condition assessment through non-destructive evaluation of concrete, steel and wood structures. The chapters are based on original basic research as well as on novel applications of sensors to civil infrastructure systems, with a focus on highway and railway bridges.


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Life cycle savings of SHM: a value of information approach
Paul N. Christensen, Leon D. Wegner and Gordon A. Sparks

Conventional sensors
Evangeline Murison, Hugues Vogel and Aftab Mufti

Fibre optic sensors
Rod C. Tennyson, Xiaoyi Bao and Doug J. Thomson

Wireless sensors for structural health monitoring
Doug J. Thomson

Data acquisition systems
John P. Newhook and Aftab Mufti

Optical methods in structural health monitoring
Yozo Fujino

Use of GPS bridge deformation monitoring
Rock Santerre

Vibration-based monitoring
Leon D. Wegner, Bruce F. Sparling and Ashutosh Bagchi

Non-destructive testing of concrete structures
Nemkumar Banthia and Sudip Talukdar

Evangeline Murison, Aftab Mufti and Chad Klowak

Communication of data
Liting Han and Trevor Nadeau

Bridge analysis tools
Aftab Mufti, Baidar Bakht and Gamil Tadros

Monitoring of a suspension bridge
Kai-Yuen Wong and Y.Q. Ni

Monitoring of girder bridges
Baidar Bakht, Aftab Mufti and Gamil Tadros

Monitoring of truss bridges
Baidar Bakht, Leslie G. Jaeger, Marie-Anne Erki and Aftab Mufti

Monitoring of soil-steel bridges
Baidar Bakht, Kevin Williams and Aftab Mufti

Sample of a report on testing of a railway bridge
Baidar Bakht, Aftab Mufti, Shamim Sheikh and Gamil Tadros

Effect of monitoring on the reliability of structures
Dan M. Frangopol and Thomas B. Messervey

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