Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

Sandra Myrtue

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Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is a process used by civil engineers to monitor the condition of a structure, such as a bridge or a building, over time. The goal of SHM is to detect and diagnose any damage or deterioration that may occur in the structure, so that it can be repaired or replaced before it becomes a major safety concern or becomes even more expensive to repair.

There are several different techniques that can be used as part of an SHM system, including visual inspections, ultrasonic testing, and sensor-based monitoring. Sensors can be installed on a structure to measure various parameters, such as temperature, vibration, strain, and displacements. The data collected by these sensors is then analyzed to detect any changes or anomalies that may indicate the presence of damage or deterioration. The analysed data can then be used for alarms and visualized for further exploration into the structural condition on a platform such as KI’s cloud platform Senmos.

senmos cloud platform Structural Health Monitoring
KI’s own cloud platform Senmos is a SHM system used for data analysis and visualization.

The use of SHM can help civil engineers to better understand the behavior of a structure over time, and to identify potential issues before they become major problems. This can help to improve the safety and longevity of a structure, and can also reduce the overall costs of maintenance and repairs.

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