Bridge monitoring

Paul J Vardanega*, G.T. Webb, P.R.A. Fidler, F. Huseynov, K.K.G.K.D. Kariyawasam, C.R. Middleton

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Structural health monitoring (SHM) has the potential to transform the bridge engineering industry by providing stakeholders with additional information to inform decisions about the design, operation, and management of bridges throughout their life. This chapter gives guidance on SHM for engineers who design, build, operate and maintain bridges. There remain numerous technical challenges to overcome when deploying SHM systems, but the most important issues to be considered are how to decide what information is required and then how to develop a strategy to deliver this information in a form that is easy to interpret so as to inform decision making. This chapter presents a series of case studies to show how SHM systems can be used in practice to obtain valuable data and to explore the challenges faced during such projects. Future directions for emerging technologies and approaches for future research and management of bridge SHM systems are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Bridge Design Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction, Rehabilitation and Maintenance
EditorsAlessio Pipinato
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-823550-8
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Sept 2021


  • Structural health monitoring
  • Bridge management
  • Emerging technologies
  • Value of information
  • Bridge inspection


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    Vardanega, P., Webb, G., Fidler, P. & Middleton, C., 2016, Innovative Bridge Design Handbook: Construction, Rehabilitation and Maintenance. Pipinato, A. (ed.). 1st ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, p. 759-775

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