James Fisher Testing Services has taken to the stage at Bridges 2018 to highlight the benefits of big data analytics in structural health monitoring (SHM). 

Andrew Scullion, JFTS technical authority for systems engineering, used his slot at the Innovation in Bridges conference session to explain how asset managers can gain unprecedented insights into the condition of a structure and use predictive algorithms to identify and act upon areas of concern before physical problems appear. 

Andrew’s key message was that the industry as a whole is significantly behind on the adoption of big data analytics compared to other sectors. This rapidly evolving digital technology can revolutionise structural health monitoring and asset management.

Using JFTS’ own Smart Asset Management System (SAMS) as an example of the technology, Andrew cited its application on structures around the world, including the Queensferry Bridge, the Mersey Gateway and Penang Bridge, Malaysia. 

The system is completely aligned with the industry’s plan to use digital engineering more widely for operation and maintenance and can provide a cost-effective basis for any structural monitoring requirement of any size, using any sensors, measurement systems or other data feeds.

Speaking after the event, Andrew said: “Across the industry as a whole, there is a huge amount to be gained from investing in big data analytical technologies for the purpose of structural health monitoring.

“These systems can offer unprecedented insights together with highly accurate predictive modelling capabilities, turning huge amounts of data into a rich source of management information. 

“This is an exciting area for research and development, and at JFTS we are working hard to advance our own solutions with key industry partners, using our Smart Asset Management System as a basis for the next generation in SHM and predictive modelling.“

The presentation generated a lot of interest on the day, with fellow delegates wanting to learn more about concept of big data analytics, its current and future applications. You can learn more about our approach with our Smart Asset Management video below. 

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