FULL SCALE MONITORING
Monitoring of the “as built” performance of buildings, bridges and other structures can provide a cost effective method to assure that the structure is meeting the design requirements. If remedial action is required, results from Full Scale Monitoring can be invaluable in sizing and tuning devices such as dampers.
To properly access the performance of a structure it must be monitored continuously, for a period long enough to experience some significant wind events.
To perform this task researchers at the Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group have developed computer based, remotely operated monitoring systems that can be installed in a structure for months or years. These systems monitor and record data from sensors such as accelerometers, strain gauges and anemometers. The data is automatically uploaded to computers at the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory for analysis and reporting.