Significant advances in computational capabilities, battery performance, sensor design, and structural analysis techniques are leading the abundance of sensor applications within the Civil Engineering and Construction communities. In many applications, sensors are deployed to enable proactive and predictive monitoring of the general health of a structure; buildings, bridges, levees, dams, or other structures whose integrity translates into the safety of those who use and depend on it.
Ideally, sensor systems are part of the initial construction process, but retrofit applications are also very common. Communicating the data from the sensor to the analysis node can occur both via wired and wireless networks.
Under the general category of structural health monitoring, Sherborne Sensor products monitor high-rise building dynamics by capturing subtle building movements based on changes in ambient temperature and traffic loads; subsidence in highly stressed and flexible structures such as suspension bridges and stadium roofs; the effects of seismic activity on large, land-based structures; and the effects of efforts to reinforce and preserve structural antiquities.