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Front. Built Environ. | doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2018.00010

Technical Specifications of Structural Health Monitoring for Highway Bridges: New Chinese SHM Code

 Fernando Moreu1*,  Xiaomeng Li1, Shunglong Li2 and Dongyu Zhang2
  • 1Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico, United States
  • 2Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Governments and professional groups related to civil engineering write and publish standards and codes to protect the safety of critical infrastructure. In recent decades, countries have developed codes and standards for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). During this same period, rapid growth in the Chinese economy has led to massive development of civil engineering infrastructure design and construction projects. Consequently, China has become the leading country of civil engineering. In 2016, the Ministry of Transportation of the People’s Republic of China published a new design code for SHM systems for large highway bridges. This document is the first technical SHM code by a national government that enforces sensor installation on highway bridges. This paper summarizes the existing international technical SHM codes for various countries and compares them with the new SHM code required by the Chinese Ministry of Transportation. The paper outlines the contents of the new Chinese SHM code and explains its relevance for the safety and management of large bridges in China, introducing key Chinese-US SHM vocabulary, definitions and technical significance. Finally, this paper discusses the implications for the design and implementation of a future US SHM code, with suggestions for similar efforts in other countries and governments.

Keywords: structural engineering, Highway bridges, Codes of practice and Standards, Bridge maintenance, Sensors

Received: 26 Oct 2017; Accepted: 02 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Eleni N. Chatzi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Reviewed by:

Jiazeng Shan, Tongji University, China
Maria Pina Limongelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy  

Copyright: © 2018 Moreu, Li, Li and Zhang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Fernando Moreu, University of New Mexico, Civil Engineering, 210 University Blvd NE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 87131-1466, New Mexico, United States,