BDI-STS (I & II)
The Structural Testing System by Bridge Diagnostics, Inc. (BDI-STS) has been designed expressly for performing live-load tests on highway and railroad bridges. Developed through the experience of field testing more than 200 structures, the BDI-STS is very portable, lightweight, and efficient to implement. The BDI-STS allows a typical short- to medium-span bridge or similar structure to be instrumented and load tested with up to 64
sensors in less than a day by a two-person crew.
The BDI-STS was developed because most data acquisition systems are so application-general that they require an electrical engineer or computer specialist to configure them. Furthermore, other systems often require soldering and other tedious procedures in order to assemble them. The BDISTS eliminates these hassles and allows the structural engineer to concentrate on evaluating the structure.
If you are currently using a standard data acquisition system along foil strain gages to collect your load test data, you will see your field time reduced to about one third with the BDI-STS.
Simply put, if you are not using the BDI-STS for load testing, you are wasting valuable field time!