Dynamic testing and long term monitoring of a twelve span viaduct

Xinghua Chen, Piotr Omenzetter, Sherif Beskhyroun

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Because of the critical importance of bridges in land transport networks and broader economy, an increasing interest in permanent observation of their dynamic behavior under traffic, seismic and other live loads can be observed during the past decade. In addition, recent technological advances have made the installation and operation of permanent dynamic monitoring systems much more practical and economical. A multi-channel dynamic monitoring system is being installed in the 12 span pre-cast, post-tensioned Newmarket Viaduct, recently built using the balanced cantilever method and situated in Auckland, New Zealand. This paper first reports on the preliminary experimental studies including extensive one-off ambient vibration tests using wireless sensors conducted shortly after construction of the bridge. Then the permanent monitoring system is described and proposed future research that will be undertaken using the monitoring data is outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDamage assessment of structures X
Subtitle of host publicationselected peer reviewed papers from the 10th international conference on damage assessment of structures (DAMAS 2013), July 8-10, 2013, Dublin, Ireland
EditorsBiswajit Basu
Place of PublicationDurnten-Zurich
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783037857960
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2013
Event10th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures, DAMAS 2013 - Dublin, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jul 201310 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
ISSN (Print)10139826


Conference10th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures, DAMAS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Ambient vibration testing
  • Bridge
  • Dynamic monitoring
  • System identification


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