WP 8

Monitoring on Bridges



Implementation of the bridge monitoring system comprises several multi-disciplinary tasks, which are to be solved to reach the goals stated in WP5 "Monitoring", WP3 "Condition and inspections" and other WPs. One of the main tasks is to build a system, which can withstand difficult environmental conditions for years of continuous operation and to find data communication systems which serve a high-speed connection with reasonable overall costs and outstanding reliability. As conditions at the site could be dramatically worse than those under initial laboratory testing of the system, the demonstration on actual bridges is the necessary and best way to ensure the usefulness, reliability and accuracy of the system. Another important issue is the post-processing and correct interpretation of monitored data. In a majority of cases, it should be done by experts who fully understand physics behind the monitored phenomena. One of the benefits of the IP will be that these experts will be assigned. This helps monitoring system to be properly tested and experts to receive complementary high-quality data for the phenomena they are interested in.


The main objectives of WP8 include:

  • put in practise advanced long-term monitoring system for selected bridges
  • inspect a) overall usefulness and reliability of the system and b) usefulness of specific new sensor technologies to be developed in WP5 and WP3
  • inspect and find solutions to problematic environmental attacks, communication interrupts etc. which might cause noise, data losses or even damage to the system
  • gather complementary field-data of physical phenomena of interest to the involved bridge owners and other partners.
WP 8


Finnish Road Administration
Finnish Rail Administration
WSP ConsultingKORTES Ltd
University of Oulu

Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chausées (LCPC)

Fed Inst f Materials Res. and Testing (BAM)
Universität Stuttgart

PKP Polish Railway Lines
Wroclaw University of Technology

Luleå University of Technology
The Swedish Rail Administration

Swiss Federal Institute for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)

United Kingdom
City University