Post-workshop event of the 9th IWSHM 2013

Structural Health Monitoring using Fiber Optic Sensors 2013


Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, September 13, 2013, 8:30AM-4:00PM

A one-day course for civil engineers, researchers, practitioners, infrastructure managers, and owners

Download tentative brochure here



Structural health monitoring (SHM) is a process aimed at providing accurate and in-time information concerning structural health condition and performance. The information obtained from monitoring is generally used to increase the safety, plan and design maintenance activities, verify hypotheses, reduce uncertainty, and to widen the knowledge concerning the structure being monitored. Recent developments in fiber optic sensing (FOS) technologies made possible global structural monitoring using long-gauge sensors and integrity monitoring using truly distributed sensors. These sensors combined in appropriate topologies and networks can provide for assessment of wide range of parameters relevant for structural behavior. The aim of this course is to transfer the knowledge on SHM and FOS. Targeted groups are those who can take benefits from SHM: civil engineers, practitioners, consultants, contractors, infrastructure managers, and owners. Researchers on SHM are welcome too. Covered topics include brief introduction to the SHM, overview of available FOS technologies, and SHM methods based on FOS technologies. The topics are illustrated through numerous examples taken from practice.

More about lecturer can be found at his homepage



FRIDAY, September 13, 2013

08:30-09:00 Welcome - registration, distribution of material, coffee, refreshments (30 min.)

09:00-09:40 Introduction to Structural Health Monitoring - motivation, aims, benefits, SHM process (40 min.)

09:40-10:40 Overview of Fiber Optic Sensing technologies - Monitoring systems, discrete FOS, distributed FOS, performance comparison, advantages and challenges (60 min.)

10:40-10:55 Coffee break, refreshments (15 min.)

10:55-11:30 Monitoring projects – examples from practice (35 min)

• New I35W Minneapolis Bridge, USA (courtesy of Roctest Inc.)

• Halifax Metro Centre, Canada (courtesy of Roctest Inc.)

11:30-12:30 Sensors types and interpretation of measurement - Strain analysis; dependence of measurement on gauge-length (60 min.)

12:30-1:30 Lunch break (60 min.)

1:30-2:25 Sensor topologies and global structural monitoring - Simple, parallel, crossed, and triangular topology, integrity monitoring (55 min.)

2:25-3:10 Global structural monitoring – data analysis examples from practice (45 min.)

• High-rise building Punggol EC26 (courtesy of Roctest Inc.) and Pinnacle@Duxton (courtesy of HDB), Singapore

• Semiconductor facility piles testing, Taiwan (courtesy of Roctest Inc.)

Streicker Bridge, Princeton, USA and NJ23/US202 overpass, Wayne, NJ, USA

3:10-3:50 Integrity monitoring – examples from practice (40 min.)

Concrete pipeline full scale testing, USA

• Fatigue cracking monitoring of Gota Bridge, Sweden (courtesy of Roctest Inc.)

Streicker Bridge, Princeton, USA

3:50-4:00 Survey, closing remarks, coffee and refreshments (10 min.)


Registration is obligatory in order to prepare material, receipts, certificates, and refreshments

Registration fee: US$ 400 (no on-line registration, make check payable to “Princeton University” and simply bring it to the course), cash accepted

Registration includes: course notes, USB memory stick, receipt, certificate of attendance, and refreshments

Preferred registration deadline: August 31, 2013

Please fill the registration form and mail it or e-mail it to the following contact address:

Branko Glisic, Princeton University E330 EQuad, Princeton NJ, 08544, Phone: 1-609-258-8278, Fax: 1-609-258-2760, e-mail:



Attendees are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and meals

Venue: Stanford University, details will follow

Driving directions: Details will follow

Parking: Details will follow

Hotels: any hotel in Palo Alto, CA or in environments

Meals: Details will follow