Vehicle-based health monitoring system for short and medium span bridges

Aiyaho Miyamoto, Risto Kiviluoma, Akito Yabe, Hisao Emoto

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In this paper, one practical solution to the problem for condition assessment of short and medium span bridges is discussed. It uses vehicle-based measurements with a public bus as part of a public transit system. The system, named as bus monitoring system, is introduced along with safety indices and data analysis methods. It is shown that the bridge vibration response can be extracted from the measured vehicle response, and so called characteristic deflection to be calculated. Characteristics deflection is found to be relatively free from the influence of varying parameters like vehicle speed, bus overall weight and roughness of the road surface. It could therefore be used as structural performance indicator of the bridge. The system is operating in Ube-city, Japan, that is dealt as a case study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIABSE Congress Stockholm, 2016
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783857481444
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIABSE Congress - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 201623 Sep 2016
Conference number: 19

Publication series

NameIABSE Symposium Reports
ISSN (Print)2221-3783


ConferenceIABSE Congress
Abbreviated titleIABSE


  • Characteristic deflection
  • Condition assessment
  • Damage detection
  • Health monitoring system
  • Long term monitoring
  • Public bus
  • Sensitivity
  • Short and medium span bridge


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