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28th International ARRB Conference 2018
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14 September 2017 @ 11am AEST

Smart bridges – why bridge structures need sensors

Written by : Australian Road Research Board

In this webinar, we review bridge monitoring applications, the main challenges in data recording and analysis, and how enhanced technologies can be used to improve the design and management of bridges.

The installation on a bridge of a network of sensors transforms the structure into a 'smart’ system, as it provides both periodic and post-event information on the bridge operational life and state of health.

An increasing number of bridges around the world are equipped with either short-term or permanent monitoring systems. Ambient, service-level and event response data can be analysed using both classical and state-of-the-art algorithms for signal processing, including machine learning techniques to predict damage. The analysis of the ongoing flow of incoming data allows to identify in real time structural deficiencies and the specific impact of heavy vehicles.

Giovanna Zanardo has a PhD in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics from the University of Trieste, and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Western Australia and will be presenting this webinar.

Join us for a webinar Thursday 14 September at 11:00 AM AEST

Participants please note - the session will commence at 11:00 am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). There may be time zone differences that apply. It is recommended that you connect to the webinar 15 minutes prior to allow sufficient time for potential connection delays.
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Dr Giovanna Zanardo

Dr Giovanna Zanardo has worked on a variety of projects related to bridge monitoring and structural diagnostics, including the assessment of tunnelling-induced effects on bridges within the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and embedded structures. She has lectured at universities in Italy, UK, and Australia, and worked at Main Roads WA before joining ARRB. Dr Zanardo has over 50 publications, on applied engineering/research and physics. She is a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and Engineers Australia. 

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