Low-Cost Accurate Solutions for Monitoring in Buildings

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Architectural Design, Urban Science, and Real Estate".

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Interests: composite structures; building information modelling; health monitoring; bridges; cable-stayed bridges; structural system identification; historical structures; simulation of construction processes
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Dear Colleagues,

Commercial monitoring systems allow very accurate measurements. However, these systems are also traditionally associated with high costs, which might restrict their use in traditional buildings. Nowadays, low-cost solutions (based on sensors or computer vision techniques) stand as an efficient alternative to commercial monitoring systems. In light of the above information, the aim of this Special Issue is to increase knowledge of low-cost solutions for the monitoring in buildings. Applications to the structural, thermal, and environmental performance of buildings will be considered as well as those connecting low-cost sensor information with Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Dr. Jose Antonio Lozano-Galant
Prof. Dr. Bruno Briseghella
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Keywords

  • Low-cost monitoring
  • Arduino
  • Computer vision tools
  • RasberryPI
  • Buildings
  • Structural monitoring
  • Thermal monitoring
  • Environmental monitoring

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A Low-Cost Prestress Monitoring Method for Post-Tensioned RC Beam Using Piezoelectric-Based Smart Strand
by Thanh-Cao Le, Thi Tuong Vy Phan, Trung-Hau Nguyen, Duc-Duy Ho and Thanh-Canh Huynh
Buildings 2021, 11(10), 431; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11100431 - 25 Sep 2021
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This study proposes a cost-effective prestress monitoring method for post-tensioned reinforced concrete (RC) beams using a smart strand. Firstly, the concept of a piezoelectric-based smart strand and its implementation for prestress force monitoring are developed. The smart strand is prepared by embedding inexpensive [...] Read more.
This study proposes a cost-effective prestress monitoring method for post-tensioned reinforced concrete (RC) beams using a smart strand. Firstly, the concept of a piezoelectric-based smart strand and its implementation for prestress force monitoring are developed. The smart strand is prepared by embedding inexpensive and high-sensitivity electromechanical impedance (EMI) sensors in a steel strand. Next, the feasibility of the proposed method is experimentally verified for prestress force monitoring of a simple supported post-tensioned RC beam. A smart strand prototype is fabricated and embedded into a 6.4 m RC beam which is then prestressed with different levels. For each prestress level, the EMI responses of the smart tendon are measured and the EMI features are extracted for prestress force monitoring. The results showed that the EMI signals of the smart strand showed strong resonant peaks that varied sensitively to the prestress level of the beam. The prestress change in the prestressed RC beam was successfully estimated by using linear regression models of the EMI features. Full article
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Application of Low-Cost Sensors for Building Monitoring: A Systematic Literature Review
by Behnam Mobaraki, Fidel Lozano-Galant, Rocio Porras Soriano and Francisco Javier Castilla Pascual
Buildings 2021, 11(8), 336; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11080336 - 4 Aug 2021
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In recent years, many scholars have dedicated their research to the development of low-cost sensors for monitoring of various parameters. Despite their high number of applications, the state of the art related to low-cost sensors in building monitoring has not been addressed. To [...] Read more.
In recent years, many scholars have dedicated their research to the development of low-cost sensors for monitoring of various parameters. Despite their high number of applications, the state of the art related to low-cost sensors in building monitoring has not been addressed. To fill this gap, this article presents a systematic review, following well-established methodology, to analyze the state of the art in two aspects of structural and indoor parameters of buildings, in the SCOPUS database. This analysis allows to illustrate the potential uses of low-cost sensors in the building sector and addresses the scholars the preferred communication protocols and the most common microcontrollers for installation of low-cost monitoring systems. In addition, special attention is paid to describe different areas of the two mentioned fields of building monitoring and the most crucial parameters to be monitored in buildings. Finally, the deficiencies in line with limited number of studies carried out in various fields of building monitoring are overviewed and a series of parameters that ought to be studied in the future are proposed. Full article
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