Structural health monitoring (SHM) is a process aimed at providing accurate and in-time information concerning structural health condition and performance. SHM is structure's equivalent of nervous system - its purpose is to detect unusual structural behaviors in quasi-real-time, indicate the approximate position of problem on the structure, determine the importance of problem, and "trigger" the safety and remedial actions.
The information obtained from monitoring is generally used to plan and design maintenance activities, increase the safety, verify hypotheses, reduce uncertainty, and to widen the knowledge concerning the structure being monitored. SHM helps prevent the social, economical, ecological, and aesthetical impact that may occur in the case of structural deficiency, and supports idea of sustainable civil and environmental engineering. For more information, please visit our research and teaching pages.