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Picture of a bridge in Romsdal in Norway

New continuing education in Structural Health Monitoring

Being able to map out damage to bridges and other building structures with advanced sensor technology improves safety without resource-intensive manual observations.

The new continuing education course at Oslo Metropolitan University, "Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)", is very relevant for professionals who design large and complex bridges and buildings, or work with the detection of damage to various building structures.

For example, bridges should be monitored at regular intervals to ensure the safety of the users and the environment. The bridges age and are often exposed to higher traffic, train and freight loads than they were originally designed for.

Great need for maintenance

Many new bridges are being built all over the world, and there is a great need for maintenance. In Norway, there are over 20,000 bridges, and current inspections are often based on resource-intensive manual observation.

In order to meet requirements for public safety, there is a need for more systematic and automated monitoring.

Automatic monitoring

The new course provides knowledge of how the condition of the structure can be monitored automatically with computer programs, analysis methods, sensors and the use of standards, so-called "structural health monitoring procedures".

Continuing education for engineers

The course is tailored for engineers with a bachelor's or master's degree in civil engineering, construction or mechanical engineering, who work in the construction industry, public agencies or in consulting companies.

The course is especially relevant for those who work with transport and infrastructure.

After taking the course, you will have knowledge and skills that can be used specifically in monitoring buildings and structures.

The first students will begin in the spring of 2021, and the application period is set to be from  15 October to 1 December 2020.

Focuses on continuing education

'We are pleased that we can now offer courses beyond the traditional bachelor and master's studies,' says head of department, Hallgrim Hjelmbrekke, at the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology.

'We develop our continuing education to those who are already in work, and who want more in-depth knowledge in their work area.'

'We now offer a session based course of 10 credits that is very relevant for those who work in the construction industry, and we hope that many use the opportunity to improve their skills,' says Hjelmbrekke.

The new part-time course has a combination of lectures and self-study.

Read more about the continuing education in Structrual Health Monitoring.

Published: 15/09/2020 | Olav-Johan Øye