|The Specialty Field of Structural Performance Monitoring|
On March 20, 2012 Structural engineering experts Alan P. Jeary Ph.D., P.E. & Thomas A. Winant, P.E. from STRAAM Corp. provided a very informative 2 1/2 hour technical presentation on all the important considerations regarding the specialty engineering field of "Structural Performance Monitoring" to the Forensic Engineering Group.
Their lecture entitled "Structural Performance Monitoring: Dynamic Behavior and its Role in Assessing Structural Degradation" presented STRAAM's methodology, explaining the correlation between measurements and analysis, the paramount importance of performing proper calibration phases in order to provide the required information needed during critical structural assessments and explained methods for diagnosing and assessing structures that degrade over time. The speakers also discussed how using this critical feedback data can provide extremely important information to structural engineers and insight during forensic engineering investigations.
STRAAM is a company offering services aimed at diagnosing, assessing and managing structures that have degraded for any reason. STRAAM achieves this through the use of proprietary and uniquely effective systems. In the field of structural risk assessment and management, the company provides comprehensive and proven effective range of services and solutions for clients.
STRAAM focuses on structures that degrade over time caused by their exposure to the elements, or those vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. They advise on the most effective way to manage such situations. STRAAM works with many types of structures, including bridges, wind turbines, monopoles, waterfront facilities, offshore platforms, high-rises, towers, historic buildings and structures in regions at risk for earthquakes.
The development of STRAAM's technology began in the late 1970s with the forced vibration studies of a number of full-scale structures, including buildings and dams. Since those early tests, STRAAM's engineering staff has developed algorithms that allow the rapid evaluation of a structure's integrity through the analysis of a simple, specific set of data. These algorithms are incorporated into proprietary hardware/software packages that produce short term and long term structural integrity assessment solutions.
Using this proven technology, STRAAM provides a structure's owners, lenders, financiers, insurers, or operators with an assessment of their structure's condition-a statement on the soundness of its structural components. This structural integrity assessment is used to facilitate decisions regarding repairs and upgrades to a structure to increase its strength and to assist in the decision-making about finances or disputes associated with the structure.
The lecture was held at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and offered 2.0 PDHs in continuing education credits to attendees. The presentation was videotaped for the combined benefit of both ASCE Met Section and ASCE National's future use, to be able to show this highly technical lecture presentation anytime in the future for purposes of ASCE's Continuing Education.
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