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MS&T/MU Hold Structural Health Webinar and Workshop

by Aaron Mack

On August 6th, Region VII consortium members The Missouri University of Science and Technology and The University of Missouri, with support from MATC’s Education and Technology Transfer Program, hosted a free workshop and webinar on Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation at the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla, MO.

The live event was broadcast via the web to transportation students and professionals across the nation. Speakers included Dr. Genda Chen, MATC Associate Director and Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T; Dr. Glenn Washer, MU Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Dr. John J. Myers, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri S&T.

Structural health monitoring is essential for maintaining the safety of the nation’s aging bridges, but poses a number of scientific and economic challenges to structural engineers. Namely, monitoring techniques should be properly scheduled, easy to perform, and non-invasive in order to be economical and reliable. This has led to an extensive body of research on new techniques, technologies and best practices for monitoring and extending the life of bridges in the field, which was the focus of the recent workshop and webinar.

Among other units, the event featured an introduction to nondestructive evaluation and various nondestructive sensing technologies, a review of case studies demonstrating various technologies as applied to highway bridge inspection and an overview of the latest developments in nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring.

Dr. Chen commented that the workshop was a valuable opportunity for those in attendance to exchange information and knowledge on a topic of tremendous engineering importance.

“A structural health monitoring system, if properly designed, can provide mission-critical data for the design and maintenance of existing transportation infrastructure under various loads,” Chen said.

Stay tuned to the next MATC Update for more information on the latest news and events taking place around Region VII.