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SAMCO Final Report 2006 F09 Report on Bridge Management

QUESTIONNAIRE: End-users requirements to monitoring for use in practical bridge management

The SAMCO Network

SAMCO is a thematic network on “Structural Assessment, Monitoring and Control”, funded by the European Commission (2001-2005) for the dissemination of the knowledge and know-how in the fields of structural assessment, monitoring and con- trol of the different structures, with particular regard to the procedures based on a dynamic approach. More information is available on http://www.samco.org/.

A special workpackage WP9 deals with “Practical Bridge Management”, in which the end-users requirements for monitoring will be presented, focusing on the use in practical bridge management.

Why we really need the SAMCO network

Many results have been reached in the past years due to the progress in monitoring techniques, in the prediction of damage growth, in the assessment models so solu- tions are now available to monitor, evaluate and control the conditions of construc- tions.

What is now needed in an efficient exchange of information and experience within the engineering community to focus the design and use of the results in practical bridge management and to promote the application of proper solutions in the current management.

The Network aims at becoming a focal point of reference for industries, consultants and other organizations needing to transfer of knowledge and technology in the field of assessment, monitoring and control of structures of relevant civil and industrial interest particular the transport infrastructure.

Some of the objectives of the network are listed below

  • To create a centre of knowledge and reference at JRC in Ispra, Italy.

  • To carry out benchmark tests and distribute the raw data freely from a database established at JRC.

  • To work out a recommendation as a basis for a code for monitoring, assessment and control of structures.

  • To define necessary steps for a better handling of earthquake loads and the re- lated structural response.

  • To provide information about the experimental testing capabilities and allow a big audience to see the tests, use the capacities and learn from it.

www.samco.org

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