Summary Review of Structural Health Monitoring Applications for Highway Bridges

Junwon Seo, Jong Wan Hu, Jaeha Lee

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The state-of-the art paper provides an extensive literature review on the work pertaining to structural health monitoring (SHM) systems used to investigate the structural integrity of highway bridges. The focus of this review is on identifying the SHM research efforts that include damage detection, structural capacity evaluation, and remaining service life estimates on such structures. These efforts have spanned a broad range of data processing methods devoted to tracking changes in structural characteristics for damage detection, codified frameworks enabling structural capacity estimating, and reliability analysis to predict remaining life. Our findings are that a large number of studies considered damage detection by data processing methods, whereas a relatively small number of studies were devoted to the estimation of structural capacities and the remaining service life of bridges. We conclude that the critical gaps include a lack of validated SHM systems that use ambient data to examine design code-based structural integrity and remaining life of highway bridges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04015072
JournalJournal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was partially supported by a pooled fund project sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), Illinois DOT, Wisconsin DOT, Caltrans, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory. This research was also supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (grant number 2013R1A2A2A01068174). The interest and inspiration provided by Drs. Terry J. Wipf and Brent Phares at Iowa State University and Dr. Robert Bolton at the University of Southern Denmark is appreciated. The lead author would like to thank Dr. Ping Lu, who served on one of the peer review panels for this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers.


  • Damage detection
  • Highway bridges
  • Remaining service life prediction
  • State-of-the-art review
  • Structural capacity estimate
  • Structural health monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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