A number of efforts had been sought to instrument bridges for the purpose of structural monitoring and assessment. The outcome of these efforts, as gauged by advances in the understanding of the definition of structural damage and their role in sensor selection as well as in the design of cost and data-effective monitoring systems, has itself been difficult to assess. The authors' experience with the design, calibration, and operation of a monitoring system for the Kishwaukee Bridge in Illinois has provided several lessons that bear upon these concerns. The systems have performed well in providing a continuous, low-cost monitoring platform for bridge engineers with immediate relevant information. Experiences learned from the design and installation of health monitoring systems for several major long span bridges in Japan and China will be addressed.
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Ming L. Wang, Ming L. Wang, "Long term health monitoring systems for bridges", Proc. SPIE 6531, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2007, 65310O (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.716734; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.716734

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