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Elements of an integrated health monitoring framework
Author(s): Michael Fraser; Ahmed Elgamal; Joel Pascal Conte; Sami Masri; Tony Fountain; Amarnath Gupta; Mohan Trivedi; Magda El Zarki
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Paper Abstract

Internet technologies are increasingly facilitating real-time monitoring of Bridges and Highways. The advances in wireless communications for instance, are allowing practical deployments for large extended systems. Sensor data, including video signals, can be used for long-term condition assessment, traffic-load regulation, emergency response, and seismic safety applications. Computer-based automated signal-analysis algorithms routinely process the incoming data and determine anomalies based on pre-defined response thresholds and more involved signal analysis techniques. Upon authentication, appropriate action may be authorized for maintenance, early warning, and/or emergency response. In such a strategy, data from thousands of sensors can be analyzed with near real-time and long-term assessment and decision-making implications. Addressing the above, a flexible and scalable (e.g., for an entire Highway system, or portfolio of Networked Civil Infrastructure) software architecture/framework is being developed and implemented. This framework will network and integrate real-time heterogeneous sensor data, database and archiving systems, computer vision, data analysis and interpretation, physics-based numerical simulation of complex structural systems, visualization, reliability & risk analysis, and rational statistical decision-making procedures. Thus, within this framework, data is converted into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into decision at the end of the pipeline. Such a decision-support system contributes to the vitality of our economy, as rehabilitation, renewal, replacement, and/or maintenance of this infrastructure are estimated to require expenditures in the Trillion-dollar range nationwide, including issues of Homeland security and natural disaster mitigation. A pilot website ( currently depicts some basic elements of the envisioned integrated health monitoring analysis framework.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5047, Smart Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems II, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484444
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Fraser, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Ahmed Elgamal, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Joel Pascal Conte, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Sami Masri, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Tony Fountain, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Amarnath Gupta, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Mohan Trivedi, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Magda El Zarki, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5047:
Smart Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems II
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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