Structural Monitoring and Analysis of Bridges for Emergency Response
Abstract »The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and the University of British Columbia have implemented a program to instrument key structures to provide confirmation of seismic capacity, assist in focusing retrofit efforts, perform structural health evaluations and provide rapid damage assessment of those structures following a seismic event. The instrumentation system installed at each structure will automatically process and upload data to a central server via the Internet. The alert systems and public-access web pages can display real time seismic data from the structures and from the BC Strong Motion Network to provide input for assessments by the Ministry of non-instrumented bridges. These systems may also provide other agencies, emergency responders and engineers with situational awareness.