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WSE Defense: Usefulness of Structural Health Monitoring for the Wood Construction Industry: Global and Local Perspectives

In recent years, multiple historic and contemporary timber buildings have been instrumented with sensors to monitor the performance of wood products and novel engineering systems. While literature states the potential of structural health monitoring (SHM) data to inform decision-making process of key stakeholders in the AEC industry, there is a little evidence that the information embedded in SHM data is fully exploited. The main objective of this dissertation is to better investigate the current use of SHM data by the wood construction industry. In order to achieve this objective, this research included two main phases: 1) a literature review of timber SHM projects with the scope of identifying the main fields of application of SHM in timber buildings, the types of data produced and their use; 2) a survey among mass timber stakeholders in the U.S. Pacific Northwest to understand their perceptions on the value of SHM data, and preferences for ways to access to and visualize monitoring data. Results of the literature review show that building owners mostly used SHM to assess structural safety/serviceability and damage of existing and historical buildings. Most of the documented projects reflecting activities conducted by researchers provided useful information to evaluate a building performance and/or to validate/calibrate numerical models. Results of the survey may suggest strategies to SHM technology experts to improve graphic data presentation formats and implement new approaches for data communication.

Morvarid Dilmaghani was born and grew up in Tabriz, Iran. She did her undergraduate studies in Architectural Engineering at Tabriz Azad University at Tabriz, Iran. She earned her first Master degree in Environmental control and Building Technologies at Istanbul Technical University at Istanbul, Turkey. Morvarid is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Wood Science. While at Oregon State University, she worked on research involving the investigation of current uses of SHM data of timber buildings.

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Richardson Hall, Room 107
3180 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Lecture or Presentation

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Academic, Research


Faculty and Staff, Student, Industry Partner





College of Forestry, Department of Wood Science & Engineering
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Jessica King

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