As the number of old structures is increasing, there is an effort to use IoT to screen for deterioration diagnosis by catching signs of abnormalities in structures.
In many countries, many infrastructures were built decades ago, and many have near-life.
It is necessary to inspect them on an annual basis, but it will be a very effective system if data can be accumulated by fixed point observation and constant monitoring using IoT and the degradation status can be primarily screened.
The structures to be diagnosed are bridges, dams, tunnels, river structures, steel towers, etc., and the diagnostic sites are diverse, such as degradation of concrete, reinforcing bars, and piping.
What kind of investigation is being conducted in the current degradation diagnosis?
The following are the main diagnostic methods used.
This is a picture of our structure measuring the temperature of a structure using a simple far-infrared thermography.
Thermography can be used to visualize high and low wall temperatures, and it is said that this temperature data can be used to understand the state of degradation.
It seems that such temperature diagnosis is also used in the actual field.
In the actual deterioration diagnosis, various inspections are conducted, and it is said that there are the following problems.
What are the benefits of using IoT in degradation diagnosis?
The main advantage is that you can perform a primary screening for degradation.
As a result, if the result shows that repair work is likely to be required, you can move to the action of investigating the details using a measuring device.
In other words, in addition to the detailed inspections that have been carried out once every one to several years, even if the accuracy is not so high, by constantly monitoring, timely detection of deteriorated abnormal conditions and countermeasures is possible to detect infrastructure abnormalities that lead to serious incidents at an early stage.
Early detection of signs of degradation by simple screening.
Digitization of sensing data to estimate degradation factors.
Discovery of signs of abnormalities and timely notification.
These are the benefits of using IoT.
Many types of sensors are needed, such as acceleration sensors, strain sensors, current sensors, and sound wave sensors.
We have been constructing a demo system that can monitor the vibration results collected by Gateway by connecting an acceleration sensor to the sensor node, performing wireless transmission, and explaining it at exhibitions.
By analyzing this, it is possible to understand the results such as vibration of the structure.
Tele-Sentient has built a mechanism that allows you to select and connect many types of sensors by sensor plug and play.
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