Research Activities: 2004

Remote Health Monitoring of Hillsborough County Bridges



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Matching Research Agency

Hillsborough County , Florida through University of South Florida

Principal Investigator

Ashraf Ayoub
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri-Rolla
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, Missouri 65409

p(573) 341-7604
f(573) 341- 4729


Student Involvement

A graduate student at USF will help with field installation, and a graduate student at UMR will help with the data analysis and visualization.


Project Objectives

To develop a new wireless health monitoring system for one of Hillsborough County bridges currently under construction.


Project Abstract

The objective of this research is to investigate the use of newly emerging types of sensors for remote health monitoring of concrete bridges in Hillsborough County. The findings of this work will provide a basis for selecting effective sensor systems suitable for the harsh environment in the county, which will enable practical, cost-effective, long-term assessment of concrete bridge structures. The outcome will form the basis of a full proposal that addresses corrosion diagnosis of prestressed bridges.


Anticipated Benefits

Investigation of new wireless sensing technologies suitable for the Florida environment; Development of the first smart bridge in Florida.


Modal Orientation

Bridge maintenance through remote wireless sensing


Project Start Date:
Project End Date:9/1/05

Relationship to other Research/Projects


Technology Transfer Activities

1) A presentation will be prepared about the research outcomes and presented at the TRB annual meeting and at other national and international conferences. 2) A seminar will be given at UMR to students and bridge engineers explaining the applicability of remote sensing to the bridge maintenance process with an on-line live presentation of sensors data.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Bridge maintenance, Fiber optic sensors, Remote sensing