The lecture recording presents details of information that can be obtained from the measurement of the performance of structures in the field.
This information can be used to:
- Document a structure on completion (commissioning)
- Compare the finished product with the intentions of the design (risk assessment)
- Find anomalies in the response characteristics (integrity assessment)
The presentation includes examples from around the world of structural assessments where failure was avoided. The process that has led to avoiding such measurements is discussed, particularly the reasons that education and codification emphasises statics, which encourages practitioners to think in a constrained way.
- Gain an understanding of a worldwide trend to move the requirement for performance measurements into codes of practice
- Understand the reason to calibrate mathematical models of structures, using real performance measurements
- Understand how practising engineers can protect themselves by using structural performance metrics
- Understand how real performance measurements offer advantages for both wind and earthquake assessments
- Understand how structural dynamics can be used to reveal the details of a structure’s performance
- Understand how small amplitude vibrations open a route to a simple and cheap methodology for assessing structural performance
This lecture is suitable for any engineer working with structures, particularly those involved in design, building, commissioning, or assessment of integrity.
Measuring structural performance