Summer 2018

Bridges across the world

JFTS announces a new strategic research collaboration - SmartBridge.

James Fisher Testing Services (JFTS) is leading an Innovate UK funded strategic research project, named ‘SmartBridge’, to develop an innovative ‘digital twin’ proof of concept, for long-term structural monitoring and predictive modelling of bridges across the world.

The JFTS team is working closely with TWI Ltd (which specialises in condition monitoring and integrity management), scientists from Brunel University, and K-NOW (a data analytics and software development company) as part of the ‘SmartBridge’ consortium. The project is backed by Innovate-UK.

The project aims to develop and integrate various aspects of bridge structural health, deterioration, diagnostics and historical data to form a ‘digital twin’ forecasting toolkit which will enable bridge managers to create a dynamic 3D model of their bridge (its ‘twin’) which will provide real-time condition monitoring of the structure itself.

This system will allow for enhanced decision-making which should realise extended asset life (by more than 40 years) and enable bridge teams to manage maintenance costs more effectively.

SmartBridge builds on the existing technologies used in JFTS' Smart Asset Management System (SAMS)It will add the ability to  predict asset condition based on integrated structural modelling, informed by both measured sensor data and predictive deterioration models.

 

SmartBridge will also offer a more informed and detailed representation than contemporary models and will produce detailed forecasts relating to health, condition, reliability and the remaining life of infrastructure. The level of detail and accuracy afforded by effective big data management like this will make it possible to improve safety and maximise the operational lifespan of the asset with enhanced, proactive maintenance programmes.   

Matthew Anderson, SmartBridge project coordinator says:

‘The SmartBridge project aims to revolutionise the monitoring and maintenance of bridge infrastructure. It is a great opportunity to bring together inter-disciplinary expertise to share knowledge that will benefit bridge owners, operators and maintainers.’

The project has received initial positive support from bridge management teams at Amey and London Underground which provided an existing bridge structure to form the basis of the research.

Ash Parmar of London Underground says:

‘We are keen to adopt innovative and cost-effective methods for getting better information about the true condition of our structures. We do not like surprises during inspections when structures are suddenly found to have major defects which may lead to failures.'A robust approach for using historic information and real time monitoring data to enable reliable prediction of deterioration and defect occurrence is welcomed. We are pleased to be able to support the development project through the provision of a trial site for use by the consortium.’

Monitoring upgrade for key French bridges

You can also find out about how JFTS' innovative BridgeWatch bridge structural health monitoring solution is replacing existing monitoring systems on three iconic bridges in northern France, which is featured in this issue of Pelican too.

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