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Distributed cyberinfrastructure tools for automated data processing of structural monitoring data
Author(s): Yilan Zhang; Masahiro Kurata; Jerome P. Lynch; Gwendolyn van der Linden; Hassan Sederat; Atul Prakash
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Paper Abstract

The emergence of cost-effective sensing technologies has now enabled the use of dense arrays of sensors to monitor the behavior and condition of large-scale bridges. The continuous operation of dense networks of sensors presents a number of new challenges including how to manage such massive amounts of data that can be created by the system. This paper reports on the progress of the creation of cyberinfrastructure tools which hierarchically control networks of wireless sensors deployed in a long-span bridge. The internet-enabled cyberinfrastructure is centrally managed by a powerful database which controls the flow of data in the entire monitoring system architecture. A client-server model built upon the database provides both data-provider and system end-users with secured access to various levels of information of a bridge. In the system, information on bridge behavior (e.g., acceleration, strain, displacement) and environmental condition (e.g., wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity) are uploaded to the database from sensor networks installed in the bridge. Then, data interrogation services interface with the database via client APIs to autonomously process data. The current research effort focuses on an assessment of the scalability and long-term robustness of the proposed cyberinfrastructure framework that has been implemented along with a permanent wireless monitoring system on the New Carquinez (Alfred Zampa Memorial) Suspension Bridge in Vallejo, CA. Many data interrogation tools are under development using sensor data and bridge metadata (e.g., geometric details, material properties, etc.) Sample data interrogation clients including those for the detection of faulty sensors, automated modal parameter extraction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8347, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012, 83471Y (4 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916050
Show Author Affiliations
Yilan Zhang, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Masahiro Kurata, Kyoto Univ. (United States)
Jerome P. Lynch, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Gwendolyn van der Linden, SC Solutions, Inc. (United States)
Hassan Sederat, SC Solutions, Inc. (United States)
Atul Prakash, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8347:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Editor(s)

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