Advancing Resilience


Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is the process of assessing a structure's state-of-health or integrity from real-time and event-response data. The goal of SHM is to improve safety and reliability by detecting damage before it reaches a critical state. Additionally, SHM systems enable rapid and enhanced post-event assessment, such as after a potentially damaging earthquake.

In civil structures, the existence or extent of damage is observed through periodic maintenance and post-event visual inspection by highly-qualified personnel. These processes impose high costs and inconvenience to owners and occupants alike. In buildings, visual inspections may require the removal of non-structural components such as ceiling tiles, partition walls, and fire proofing. Furthermore, resource personnel may not be immediately available after a large event, especially in dense urban areas, thus prolonging expensive downtime and occupancy disruption.

Kinemetrics' integrated SHM systems aim to offer precise information which helps engineers and building managers assess the state-of-health of their structures, and if needed, minimize inspection to specific regions. Additionally, SHM systems add unique value to a smart structure in a way similar to green value obtained by achieving LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

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Open Systems and Services offers custom design and implementation of state-of-the-art structural monitoring systems and solutions for all types of structures. One well-demonstrated solution is the On-line Alerting of Structural Integrity and Safety (OASIS) System.

OASIS was first implemented in 1994 on the RAMA IX Bridge in Bangkok for the Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand. Shortly after, the Namhae Bridge in South Korea and a high-rise hotel in Hong Kong were also instrumented with mixed-sensor systems. The second generation OASIS was implemented ten years later on the Bill Emerson Cape Girardeau Bridge in Missouri for the US Federal Highway Administration. The third and current generation of OASIS structural monitoring system is designed especially for rapid post-earthquake assessment of buildings in support of regional Building Occupancy Resumption Programs (BORP).


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