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Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring

Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring

Background & policy context: 

The COST Action TU1402 has been active from 2014 to 2019 and a joint effort of 29 European Countries, China, USA and Australia with participants from academia, industry and infrastructure owners, operator and authorities.

Objectives: 

The main objective of the COST Action TU1402 on Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) has been to facilitate sustainable societal developments through improvements of resource efficiency, productivity, robustness, reliability and safety in the design and assets management for structures and infrastructure systems by optimised Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems.

The Action has, in the perspective of sustainable societal developments, provided:

  1. The scientific evidence of a high value of SHM and its boundary conditions,
  2. An industrial and societal impact for the infrastructure design and management,
  3. Accessibility to the scientific field for quantifying the value of SHM.

The evidence and impact of a targeted and optimal utilization of SHM - provided by the quantification of its value - constitutes a significant (a) risk reduction by robustness, reliability and safety enhancement (societal value) and (b) expected operational expenditure reduction (industrial value) for the infrastructure system design, operation and asset management of up to 90%. This high value of SHM is subjected to the relevance and optimization (before implementation) of SHM strategies as part of an infrastructure system design, operation and management decision scenario. 

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
Technical secretariat set in the European Commission
Type of funding:
Funding Source(s): 
COST Action TU 1402
Key Results: 

The deliverables of the COST Action TU1402 are approaches, methods and tools for quantifying the value of structural health monitoring together with guidelines, dedicated dissemination activities and a website, which documents the activities and results.

Beyond the specific results of TU1402, significant insights for innovation, resource efficiency and sustainability of infrastructure systems have been gained. The TU1402 results facilitate innovation in the context of digitalization, industry 4.0 and the utilization of big data for infrastructure system design, operation and asset management. The innovation of SHM systems is guided with value of SHM analyses towards achieving a high industrial and societal value. TU1402 has provided the basis for a resource efficient and sustainable infrastructure system management by using active safety with SHM systems instead of material costly and unsustainable passive safety. New research fields have emerged out of TU1402, such as e.g. value of information analysis in conjunction with resilience, sustainability and security measure optimization for terrorist attacks. It is foreseen and there are first indications that TU1402 results are taken up in other fields of science and engineering. TU1402 has provided the basis for a continuing worldwide research, engineering and standardization network and organization.

Lead Organisation: 
Partner Organisations: 

Faculty Of Mechanical Engineering And Naval Architechture, University Of Zagreb

Address: 
Ivana Lucica 5
10 000 ZAGREB
Croatia

VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers ZT GmbH

Address: 
UNTERE VIADUKTGASSE 2
1030 WIEN
Austria

Universiteit Gent

Address: 
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium

Cyprus University Of Technology

Address: 
Archbishop Kyprianos 31, Limassol Saving Co-operative Bank Building, 3rd Floor, 3036
50329 Limassol
Cyprus

Cowi A/s

Address: 
PARALLELVEJ 2
2800 KONGENS LYNGBY
Denmark

Bundesanstalt Für Strassenwesen (Federal Highway Research Institute)

Address: 
Brüdenstrasse 53
51427 BERGISCH GLADBACH
Germany

Technische Universitat Braunschweig

Address: 
Hermann-Blenk-Str. 35
BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany

Wölfel Engineering GmbH + Co. Kg

Address: 
MAX PLANCK STRASSE 15
97204 HOCHBERG
Germany

National Technical University Of Athens

Address: 
Heroon Polytechniou 9 (polytechnic campus)
15780 ZOGRAFOS
Greece

Universite De Nantes

Address: 
Quai De Tourville 1
44035 Nantes
France

Bureau Veritas

Address: 
17 bis, Place des Reflets, La Défense 2
COURBEVOIE
France

University College Cork - National University Of Ireland, Cork

Address: 
Western Road
N/A
Cork
Ireland

University Of Dublin, Trinity College (Tcd)

Address: 
College Green
2
Dublin
Ireland

University Of Iceland

Address: 
v/Sudurgotu
REYKJAVIK
Iceland

Politecnico Di Milano

Address: 
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy

Seconda Università Degli Studi Di Napoli

Address: 
Italy

Politecnico Di Torino

Address: 
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi
10129 Torino
Italy

Ss. Cyril And Methodius University In Skopje

Address: 
Bul. Krste Misirkov Bb
1000 Skopje
Macedonia

Stichting Deltares

Address: 
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Netherlands

Netherlands Organisation For Applied Research(Tno)

Address: 
Schoemakerstraat 97
6060 DELFT
Netherlands

Norwegian University Of Science And Technology

Address: 
Høgskoleringen 1
TRONDHEIM
Norway

Cracov University Of Technology

Address: 
Warszawska 24
KRAKOW
Poland

Warsaw University Of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska)

Address: 
Plac Politechniki 1
WARSAW
Poland

Universidade Do Minho

Address: 
The Rectory, Largo do Paco
4704553 BRAGA
Portugal

Laboratorio Nacional De Engenharia Civil

Address: 
AV DO BRASIL 101
1700 066 LISBOA
Portugal

University Of Belgrade - Faculty Of Mechanical Engineering

Address: 
Kraljice Marije 16
11120 Belgrade
Serbia

Asociacion De Investigacion Metalurgica Del Noroeste

Address: 
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Spain

Rise Research Institutes Of Sweden Ab

Address: 
Brinellgatan
50115 Boras
Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

Address: 
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
SE-100 44 Stockholm
Sweden
Telephone: 
+46 8 790 60 00

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne

Address: 
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Address: 
BEBEK
34342 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Istanbul Technical University

Address: 
Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
MASLAK-ISTANBUL
Turkey

The University Court Of The University Of Aberdeen

Address: 
King's College Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
United Kingdom

Heriot-Watt University

Address: 
Riccarton
Edinburgh
EH14 4AS
United Kingdom

University Of Strathclyde

Address: 
Richmond Street
Glasgow
G1 1XQ
United Kingdom
Technologies: 
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