From UAS to ultrasound to geosensors: innovative methods for life-cycle monitoring of infrastructure structures were the focus of the "Measurement in building industry" symposium in 2017. The symposium was organised by the VDV Educational Organisation and BAM for the ninth time and it was very well attended as in previous years – over 140 participants from industry and research accepted the invitation.
How can bridges and other structures be monitored intelligently?
In addition to presentations by BAM scientists, papers were presented by well-known experts such as Prof. Dr. Werner Stempfhuber from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin who discussed about the use geosensors for monitoring tasks in civil engineering and Prof. Dr. Werner Lienhart from the Technical University of Graz who talked about linear and areal structural monitoring using geodetic and geotechnical sensors.
The presentations dealt with intelligent measurement methods from a scientific standpoint as well as from the point of view of current practical application, which generated some lively audience participation in the discussion. Prof. Dr. Steffen Marx from the Leibniz Universität Hannover presented a paper on extraordinary load tests on railway viaducts which enabled the validation of the original design model using the viaduct’s actual behaviour.
Technical options for implementing unmanned aerial systems were the topic of another presentation. Prof. Dr. Guido Morgenthal from the Bauhaus University Weimar showed how these systems can help reconstruct 3D models of large buildings and implement deformation monitoring of large supporting walls.
"Measurement in building industry" 2018
The symposium series will continue in 2018 – encouraged by an ongoing high popularity. The date for the next meeting is 13th November. The symposium theme and programme will be announced on the BAM website in time.