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Infrastructure monitoring for damage assessment from sensors on-board vehicles

Globally, infrastructure is a vital asset for economic prosperity. However, condition assessments to ensure the continued safe operation of these assets tend to be subjective and infrequent. We are developing a low-cost, objective method to continuously monitor roads, railways and other transportation structures from the vibrations recorded on-board a passing vehicle as a complement to traditional inspection techniques. This constitutes a challenging inverse problem given the coupling between the vehicle and the structure dynamics. Our long-term objective is to provide accurate, rapid and nearly continuous assessments of these structures as cost-efficiently as possible.

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Mario Bergés
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research interests vary, but generally gravitate towards the development of technologies to make our built enviornment and the communities in them more autonomous and efficient.