BDI uses two broad categories to describe the evaluation of a particular structure, using the length of field time as the reference.
In general, we refer to “testing” or “diagnostic testing” as temporarily installing a data acquisition system, recording live load responses, and then removing the system. Usually, this type of test can be completed in a day or two.
Conversely, we refer to “monitoring” (sometimes referred to as “structural health monitoring”) as installing a data acquisition system that will remain in place for weeks, months, or years and automatically collect and store data.
While there can be combinations of these two approaches, these are useful guidelines to remember when considering evaluation techniques. BDI works with the customer to determine what approach will work best for their particular application.
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