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Structural Health Monitoring

Continuing education

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is the process of implementing an automated damage detection and quantification strategy for civil engineering infrastructure such as bridges and other major constructions.

  • Admission requirements

    Bachelor’s degree in structural, civil or mechanical engineering.

  • How to apply

    You apply via Søknadsweb (, where you fill in your details and upload all the required documents.

    You can find the course under "Felles opptak til master, videreutdanning og enkeltstudier Termin vår 2023".

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    Admission is taking place as a continuous process.

  • Time and duration

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  • Content

    Bridges all over the world are aging rapidly, and they are exposed to much higher traffic loads than they have been designed for.

    Currently, maintenance is often based on time-consuming manual inspection procedures. To ensure improved safety and serviceability, structural health monitoring procedures find its way in s maintenance- and monitoring applications and standards.

    This course provides in-depth knowledge of structural health monitoring procedures. It is tailored for you with a bachelor’s degree in structural, civil or mechanical engineering or higher degrees, and holds a position in a relevant public and private institution or consultancy company.

    If you are working with civil engineering infrastructure, the course is especially relevant.

    After successful completing of this course, you will have knowledge about:

    • the concept of Structural Health Monitoring and you are able to identify the most common methods used in SHM
    • sensors and sensing technology for SHM
    • dynamic behavior of structures
    • structural damage identification techniques.

    After successful completing of this course, you will be capable of:

    • designing an optimum instrumentation scheme for SHM
    • carrying out modal identification from recorded data to estimate the mode shapes and vibration frequencies of structures
    • conducting damage identification using vibration-based and finite element model updating methods
    • evaluating critically the results of damage identification for quality control.

    After successful completion of this course, you will have the competence to

    • analyze the complexity and assessing the possibility for SHM for civil engineering infrastructure
    • choose the best method for damage detection in complex structures
    • provide creative solutions for safety evaluation of critical infrastructure.
  • Teaching methods

    The course is tailored towards practicing engineers working full-time in public and private institutions or consultancy companies.

    Two sessions of three days each at the campus will be arranged during the semester with classical lectures as well as discussions and experience exchange.

    Video lectures of the course material will be provided regularly throughout the semester and will serve, together with the course material, as the basis of self-study.

    The course will follow the recent research and development in the field of Structural Health Monitoring and research articles will be part of the syllabus.

  • Semester overview

    Optional course Spans multiple semesters

    1st year of study

    1st semester
  • Exam and assessment

    Portfolio assessment of the following:

    1. Individual or group project report, approx. 20-30 pages
    2. Three individual assignments with a scope of approximately 10-12 pages
  • Course cost

    Tuition fee of NOK 24.500 + semester fee.

    The tuition fee can also be paid by the employer.

    If your employer is to pay your invoice, we can enter the employer's name on the invoice.

    You must then send an e-mail to where you state your student number, the name of the study programme, the name and postal address of the employer and, if applicable, the employer's reference person or unit.

    If you want us to send the invoice directly to your employer, we also need an e-mail address for the employer's invoice reception, or an e-mail address for a contact person at the employer. If not, you must send the invoice to your employer yourself.

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