Structural monitoring using agent-based simulation
Proceedings of the 2005 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering: 319-328 (2005-10-31)
Contribution to Conference
American Society of Civil Engineers
Structural monitoring is a distributed engineering task, frequently using visual methods or investigating local properties of a structure. However, with respect to tighter economic limits, it is becoming evident that in the next few years a paradigm shift is required from manually based to actively computer-controlled monitoring; appropriate automated Structural Health Monitoring Systems allow highly accurate identification of existing structural behaviors including possible uncertainties with regard to materials, loads as well as aging. Furthermore, the structural evolution with respect to deteriorations and damages can be precisely observed and the emergence of new degradations can be detected expeditiously. By installing a number of sensors at specified locations to monitor relevant parameters continually, it is possible to obtain an insight into the structure's state and the structural evolution, in real-time. This paper presents the development of an agent-based monitoring system for safety-relevant engineering structures that is currently being developed at the Institute for Computational Engineering (ICE): An artificial organization of several, cooperating software agents, which solve the distributed monitoring problem by using specific knowledge and by interacting both with other agents and with human experts involved in monitoring.
Statistical data analysis
Structural health monitoring