Special Issue "Sensor Applications on Built Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).
Interests: bridges; structural safety and reliability; structural health monitoring; dynamic testing; composite materials; inspection and maintenance; fiber optic sensors
The concept of Built Environment refers to those surroundings created by humans and for humans that are to be used for human activity. Therefore, it comprises civil engineering infrastructures ( railways, highways, bridges, dams, pipelines, etc..) to residential and industrials buildings, as well as parks and community gardens. The activities related to built environments range from concept and design to construction and execution and, later , to the maintenance during the expected service life, and, finally, to the demolition and recycling, covering all aspects of the service-life. Monitoring the performance of the built environment encompasses, therefore, three main aspects: monitoring during construction, monitoring during operation, and monitoring at demolition. Performance monitoring, and, more specifically, structural health monitoring (SHM), is based on the real data obtained by sensors deployed in anyone of the three periods of the built asset and compared with a previously defined set of performance goals. Therefore, the proper decisions taken during the construction and the management of the built infrastructure and the accurate life-cycle assessment highly rely on the reliability and the accuracy of the experimental data provided by the sensors. Additionally, the network of sensors should be deployed regarding the optimum location within the asset, aiming to provide the maximum amount of valuable information with the minimum expected cost (Value of Information).
This Special Issue aims to highlight recent advances in all types of sensors that may be deployed in the built environment and the related techniques that better apply to extracting from them the maximum value of information, which is necessary for a correct life-cycle performance approach. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sensors for the built environment: accuracy, reliability, advantages, and disadvantages
- Value of Information in the context of Built Environment
- Case studies of sensors application during construction
- Case studies of sensors application during service-life
- Case studies of sensors application during demolition
- Sensors and life-cycle assessment
Prof. Dr. Joan Ramon Casas
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- Built Environment
- Structural Health Monitoring
- Life-cycle assessment
- Value of Information
- Transportation infrastructures
- Industrial and Residential buildings