Special Issue "Advances in Structural Health Monitoring of the Built Environment"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 January 2024 | Viewed by 1193

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Emin Aktan
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College of Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Interests: infrastructures as large complex systems; condition and performance evaluation of the built environment; infrastructure management
Dpt. of Civil and Environmental Eng., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Interests: advanced sensing technologies, universal SHM methods, data analysis and management, and prognostics and the decision-making theory; smart kinetic, deployable and adaptable structures; holistic analysis of heritage structures, and engineering arts
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National Research Council of Italy, Construction Technologies Institute, Corso Nicolangelo Protopisani 70, 80146 Naples, Italy
Interests: operational modal analysis; vibration-based structural health monitoring; self-sensing materials; digital twin of structures and infrastructures
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Prof. Dr. Ivan Bartoli
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Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Interests: infrastructure condition assessment; non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring; dynamic identification; stress wave propagation modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest in the performance and safety of infrastructures and the built environment developed during the early 1980’s as several academics transitioned their research from disaster mitigation to resilience, sustainability and livability of the built environment. There have been significant advancements in sensing, imaging and nondestructive evaluation technologies and their applications to actual operating structures in the field, and a community of researchers experienced in health monitoring for the management of infrastructures has formed world-wide. There is also full awareness of the importance of understanding complex systems such as entire metropolitan areas with human, natural and engineered elements and leveraging cyber–physical systems for enhancing their livability, sustainability and resilience. All engineering and science disciplines must collaborate for convergent, integrative research in the development of the “intelligent city”. The infrastructure health monitoring community plays an indispensable role in “intelligent city” research, as this community has already experienced monitoring the performance of large infrastructures at the heart of complex urban systems by leveraging advanced sensing and imaging, all aspects of data science, digital twins, uncertainty and human factors. At the same time, the meaningful long-term applications of performance and health monitoring of actual infrastructures, especially in the early diagnosis of their deterioration and damage, are not widely known. The Guest Editors are interested in collecting examples of advances and applications of health and performance monitoring in recent years, especially applications to aging infrastructures as well as emerging systems such as Ocean Wind Farms and intelligent (livable, sustainable and resilient) cities. The main objective is to document the actual state-of-the-art practice, future prospects and the potential of this field of research, especially with examples on actual infrastructures by cross-disciplinary researchers.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Emin Aktan
Prof. Dr. Branko Glisic
Dr. Carlo Rainieri
Prof. Dr. Ivan Bartoli
Guest Editors

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  • structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • SHM for infrastructure asset management, disaster mitigation and recovery
  • complex human–natural–engineered systems and their modeling
  • cyber–physical system applications and potential
  • intelligent infrastructures and cities
  • internet of things
  • data science for the health and performance monitoring of infrastructures
  • decision science under various types and levels of uncertainty

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18 pages, 2342 KiB  
Structural Health Monitoring-Based Bridge Lifecycle Extension: Survival Analysis and Monte Carlo-Based Quantification of Value of Information
Infrastructures 2023, 8(11), 158; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures8110158 - 05 Nov 2023
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A key goal of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems applied to infrastructure is to improve asset management. SHM systems yield benefits by providing information that allows improved asset management decisions. Often, improvement is measured in monetary terms, whereby lower expenses are sought. The [...] Read more.
A key goal of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems applied to infrastructure is to improve asset management. SHM systems yield benefits by providing information that allows improved asset management decisions. Often, improvement is measured in monetary terms, whereby lower expenses are sought. The value of information (VoI) is often evaluated through the quantification of the incremental benefit, resulting from the information provided by the SHM system. The VoI can be considered as having two components: value derived from the improved operation of the infrastructure and value derived from increased useful life. This work focuses on the latter source of value in the context of concrete decks in US highway bridges. To estimate the lifecycle extension potential and the connected VoI, we need to simulate bridge deck condition degradation over time to support a discounted cash flow analysis of bridge replacement cost. We accomplish this by utilizing a neural network-based survival analysis combined with Monte Carlo simulation. We present a case study using the developed methods. We have chosen to study the southbound portion of the bridge on the US Highway 202, located in Wayne, NJ. The selected bridge is a representative concrete highway overpass, the type of which there are large numbers in the US. The case study demonstrates the applicability of the methods developed for the general evaluation of the VoI obtained via SHM. The results are encouraging for the widespread use of SHM for lifecycle extension purposes; the potential value in such applications is large. Full article
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