Structural Health Monitoring

  • Smart Building
  • In progress
  • Bottom-Up

There have been several earthquakes of magnitude 6 or above in Taiwan in recent years. Taipei City is densely populated and has many high-rise buildings, which can lead to a great loss of people’s lives and property if buildings collapse. There are several ongoing public housing projects in Taipei City. If the impact of earthquakes on buildings is taken into consideration during the construction, also with on-going monitoring buildings’ structures and well-conducting the maintenance management after damage, which can ensure the safety of residents.
This PoC project is a collaboration with CECI Engineering Consultants. This PoC project applies IoT technologies to monitor the safety of buildings in real-time, incorporates the use of seismometers into a health monitoring platform for cloud-based management, and it is expected to achieve:

I. Daily monitoring: Real-time access to seismometer information in buildings through the internet. Administrators can grasp the real-time vibration status of each floor structure, and ensure the continuous operation of the seismometers.

II. Post-earthquake analysis: After an earthquake, the vibration information recorded by the seismometers is calculated in real-time, so that the administrators can quickly understand the damage status of the structures, which can be used as the evaluation basis for repair in the next stage.

III. Post-disaster management: If the structure is damaged, the maintenance team can record the damage status and repair records of the structure at the site through the BIM model, manage each structural component in 3D visualization, and use different colors to show the damage status and track whether the damage is under control.

Figure: Framework of this field experiment. (Photos provided by CECI Engineering Consultants)

Expected Benefit

This PoC project applies the innovativeness of the IoT to structures to collect data on public housing through the cloud. When an earthquake occurs, it quickly shows the status of buildings and immediately assesses the extent of damage to buildings. It then provides the administrators with information for decision-making and judgment, which will achieve the goals of disaster prevention and control, giving residents a worry-free living environment.

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Kuang Tzu Po Ai Public Housing (Base D)〔Ln. 84, Fude St., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City , Taiwan (R.O.C.)〕