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Gap between technically accurate information and socially appropriate information for structural health monitoring system installed into tall buildings
Author(s): Akira Mita
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Paper Abstract

The importance of the structural health monitoring system for tall buildings is now widely recognized by at least structural engineers and managers at large real estate companies to ensure the structural safety immediately after a large earthquake and appeal the quantitative safety of buildings to potential tenants. Some leading real estate companies decided to install the system into all tall buildings. Considering this tendency, a pilot project for the west area of Shinjuku Station supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency was started by the author team to explore a possibility of using the system to provide safe spaces for commuters and residents. The system was installed into six tall buildings. From our experience, it turned out that viewing only from technological aspects was not sufficient for the system to be accepted and to be really useful. Safe spaces require not only the structural safety but also the soundness of key functions of the building. We need help from social scientists, medical doctors, city planners etc. to further improve the integrity of the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9805, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2016, 98050E (1 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219065
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Akira Mita, Keio Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9805:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2016
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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