News - First SENSKIN Workshop covers much essential ground


First SENSKIN Workshop covers much essential ground

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The 1st SENSKIN Workshop, entitled “Monitoring Systems for Resilient and Sustainable Bridges”, was held for around 30 people on 8th November 2017 at the Diamant Centre in Brussels, Belgium. Divided into five sessions, this workshop succeeded in analysing the functional and operational requirements of the SENSKIN system based on the needs of bridge owners and operators, as well as the methodology of the SENSKIN monitoring system. To facilitate and enhance knowledge exchange between practitioners in the field of SHM, a number of monitoring systems already being used as well as those currently being developed were presented. Here is a short overview of the five sessions:

Session 1: Setting the Scene

Sergio Escriba, SENSKIN Project Officer from the EC/INEA gave an opening speech describing the expections for SENSKIN, followed by Project Coordinator Konstantinos Loupos of ICCS who introduced the project, while J.R. Casas of the Technical University of Catalonia discussed the latest trends in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). This session was moderated by FEHRL Deputy Secretary General Adewole Adesiyun. 

Session 2: Bridge Monitoring Systems – Users’ Needs and Challenges

Moderated by Konstantinos Loupos, this session started with a GoToMeeting presentation by Panagiotis Panetsos of Egnatia Motorway, Greece, who was followed by Şengül Kaya of the General Directorate of Highways (KGM), Turkey and Piotr Olaszek of the Road and Bridge Research Institute in Poland with their overview of their country-specific challenges.

Session 3: The SENSKIN Monitoring System

In this session, the SENSKIN Consortium project members described the progress made in the project so far, staring with an overview of the Prototype of Sensing Elements by Dmitry Rychkov of the University of Potsdam, Germany, followed by the Integrated Monitoring System by Konstantinos Loupos, the Laboratory Tests on Prototypes by Peter Jones of TRL in the UK, the Structural Assessment Modules and DSS by Sanna Corrado of TECNIC SA in Italy and the Evaluation and Benchmarking of the SENSKIN system by Panagiotis Panetsos (again remotely).

Session 4: Monitoring Systems of Civil Infrastructure

Other systems were presented in this session, which included Acoustic Emission for Structural Health Monitoring by Nassos Anastasopoulos of Mistras, Predicting strength changes in bridges from frequency data safety, hazard, and poly-harmonic evaluation – SHAPE Project by Andrea Benedetti (Universita di Bologna, Italy), the AErial RObotic System for In-Depth Bridge Inspection by Contact (AEROBI) project by Adewole Adesiyun and the Safety of Transport Infrastructure on the TEN-T Network by Lorcan Connolly of Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions, Ireland.

Session 5: Panel Discussion

This session wrapped up the whole meeting. Several questions were asked during the event by the absorbed participants. Presentations can be found here and photos here.



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