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Introduction to Instrumentation and Monitoring for Geotechnical and Structural Engineers

8 PDHs | Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26

Instructor: Magued Iskander, PH.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Purpose and Background

The use of field instrumentation to monitor the on-site behavior of foundation soils, embankments, and structures is being required more and more on many construction projects. However, few universities offer a course on instrumentation as part of the civil engineering curriculum and so many engineers learn on-the-job and through the school of ‘hard knocks’.

This 8-hour course will provide a comprehensive introduction to instrumentation and monitoring of civil engineering projects including planning, design of instrumentation programs, and performance of commonly used sensors, data acquisition, signal conditioning, error analysis, information management, and case histories. The seminar will combine elements from civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering together with some management concepts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain how instrumentation and monitoring can be used in the civil infrastructure
  • List and discuss the various sensors commonly used in civil engineering
  • Understand data acquisition and information management
  • Explain common measurement errors and error analysis
  • Plan and design instrumentation and monitoring programs
  • Utilize instrumentation to achieve better project performance

Who Should Attend?

The seminar will benefit all individuals involved with the construction industry, including:

  • Civil engineers
  • Specialists in structural, geotechnical, and construction engineering
  • Architects, builders, and developers
  • Owner representatives and regulators
  • Academics and graduate students planning experiments

Outline

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day 

Day 1: Sensors

  • Strain
  • Load
  • Pressure
  • Deformation
  • Tilt

Day 2: Information Management

  • Data acquisition
  • Error analysis
  • Planning of instrumentation programs
  • Case histories
  • Discussion
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