National Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring held at BITS Pilani

 | September 21,2012 04:06 pm IST

Many of the present day buildings function poorly from the very beginning and they will need repairs in immediately after construction. Often the poor construction is because of cost reduction measures.

While the cost reduction is important, it should not reduce the life of the building itself or lead to frequent repairs. This was stated by Prof Tarun Kant, Professor of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of National Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring being held at BITS Pilani on 19 September 2012. Calling upon the young engineers participating the workshop to build buildings which will not need repair in the near future, Prof Tarun Kant said, Your aim should be to build buildings that would stand the test of even the toughest times, and would never need any repair whatsoever.

Chief Guest, Prof G. Raghurama, Director, Pilani campus, said that structural health monitoring is similar to human health monitoring which is done by medical practitioners wherein the health of a person is monitored by medical check ups and reports. Prof Raghurama added that many of the old buildings and structures designed by our own engineers in olden days have stood the test of time since the engineers had the vision to build structures which last forever. He said that structural health monitoring is highly inter-disciplinary and needed a convergence of various disciplines including Civil, Mechanical, Computer Sciences, and Biological Sciences.

Explaining the theme of the workshop, Coordinator, Prof. S B Singh of BITS Pilani said that the two days workshop being held on 19-20 September 2012 aims to cover various aspects of structural health monitoring and rehabilitation. Topics to be covered include : Evaluation of existing structures, rehabilitation and retrofitting of deficient structures, earthquake resistant design of structures, seismic retrofit of foundation and rehabilitation, repair and rehabilitation of concrete pavements and rehabilitation of damaged foundation due to dynamic loads.