‘Talking’ to structures to boost public safety

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia are developing low-cost technology which can “talk” to bridges to monitor their structural health and assess them for damage.The research team says the technology should help improve public safety, and significantly reduce the cost of maintenance and repair.

Dr Alex Ng, lecturer in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, explains: “It will allow us to talk to the structure to see whether there are any defects, where they are and, ultimately, provide detail about the shape of any damage and how extensive it is – just like someone going to the doctor for a health check.”

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