A Prototype Remote Structural Health and Security Monitoring System for Bridges

The proposed project will investigate the development of a prototype bridge monitoring system that will permit quantitative assessments of structural condition and safety both remotely and in real-time. The research will also attempt to identify and integrate real-time video surveillance methods and other related sensing technologies with the health monitoring system to enable the system to be used for assessing bridge security. The prototype system will be designed and deployed on a small-scale physical model of a bridge in the laboratory, and the capabilities and performance characteristics of the system will be evaluated for various controlled deterioration and damage scenarios that are consistent with the effects of common hazards affecting bridge condition and safety. The evaluation of the prototype monitoring system under known and controlled conditions will enable recommendations to be made regarding the design of similar systems for full-scale implementations of structural health and security monitoring systems for in-service bridge structures.