2. When would you use Structural Health Monitoring & Structural Inspections?
CSI offers flexible timeframes for Structural Health Monitoring; it can be done as a one-off during test day, continuously for a specific duration (days, weeks, months), or periodically/seasonally for example to gauge the different environmental effect during summer/winter to the expansion and contraction of steel railway structure.
3. What are the Benefits of Structural Health Monitoring & Structural Inspections?
Clients/engineers are most likely concerned if there are cracks in RC floor, beam, column, or wall especially if the structure is relatively new and has only experienced the service load it is designed for. They will want to ensure that these cracks do not widen beyond the limit imposed during design. Other times, an engineer might be interested in the existing stress within old pre-stress elements, such as within a hollow core or flat slab units, to ensure they are sufficient in capacity to support additional loading.
Vibration monitoring is useful for researchers as well as for practicing engineers.