Next-Gen Monitoring and Evaluation of California Bridges

Bridges have been traditionally monitored for seismic response using hard wired accelerometers. While state-of-the-art at its conception, recent advances in data collection and damage evaluation, coupled with a rash of copper theft at California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) bridge sites, has led the Department to investigate alternative systems. One possible option are wireless or global positioning system (GPS) based systems.