Full-scale experimental validation of high-fidelity wireless measurement on a historic truss bridge

Shinae Jang, Billie F. Spencer, Jennifer Rice, Zhihao Wang

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To meet the growing demands to monitor our aging infrastructure, wireless smart sensor networks (WSSN) have been the subject of intense interest due to their versatility and low cost. However, the performance of commercially available sensors is not sufficient to realize the high-fidelity data required for SHM. In particular, synchronization among the wireless sensor nodes has been found to be inadequate for data intensive applications such as SHM. To this end, the Illinois Structural Health Monitoring Project (ISHMP) Services Toolsuite has been developed as an open-source framework to enable reliable SHM application. One of the services, RemoteSensing, was specifically designed to enable monitoring of civil infrastructure through accurate time synchronization and reliable communication. In this paper, the performance of the Imote2 wireless sensor platform using a commercially available low cost sensor board is validated directly against a wired sensor system, in the context of validation of its capability for high-fidelity data measurement for bridge health monitoring. A series of vibration tests have been conducted using human jumping to excite the subject of this study, a 76-m historic steel truss bridge in Mahomet, Illinois. The dynamic properties of the bridge have been obtained by the peak picking method for both wireless and wired systems and compare well; thus, demonstrating the efficacy of the wireless sensor system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Structural Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011


  • RemoteSensing
  • historic bridge
  • structural health monitoring
  • wireless smart sensor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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