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Assessing the Potential Value of a SHM Deployment on a Proposed Footbridge

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances and Challenges in Structural Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE)
EditorsHugo Rodrigues, Amr Elnashai
Publisher or commissioning bodySpringer, Cham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030019327
ISBN (Print)9783030019310
DateAccepted/In press - 11 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - 2019

Publication series

NameSustainable Civil Infrastructures
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)2366-3405


A fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) cycle footbridge has been proposed for construction in Bristol, United Kingdom for South Gloucestershire Council. The superstructure will span 54 m, comprising a bowstring carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) arch with a 5 m wide glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) deck supported by stainless steel hangers. Recently, a methodology has been proposed that provides a structured process to assess the value of a structural health monitoring (SHM) system for a bridge prior to deployment. This methodology outputs a simple metric that quantifies the likeliness of an SHM system to yield value to an asset owner. This FRP bridge is used as a case-study to ‘road test’ this process. Two possible systems were considered: a system of accelerometers and a system of strain gauges. From the resulting discussions, a deployment of accelerometers received a value-rating (VR) of 4.2. A strain gauge deployment received 3.7. The scores will contribute to a monitoring specification for the FRP bridge which is currently in the design phase. Expansions to the methodology have also been proposed to better capture the potential value of an SHM system which would be of interest to structural engineers and researchers, in particular to inform model validation and research activities.

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