State-of-the-art in structural health monitoring of large and complex civil infrastructures

  • Hong-Nan Li
  • Liang Ren
  • Zi-Guang Jia
  • Ting-Hua Yi
  • Dong-Sheng Li
Original Paper


Researchers and administrative authorities have long recognized the significance of implementing long-term structural health monitoring (SHM) systems for civil infrastructures, especially large-span space structures or other complex infrastructures, in order to secure structural safety and issue warnings regarding the structural damage prior to costly repair or even collapse. This paper starts with a critical review of SHM objectives and standardization for the SHM in civil infrastructures. At the same time as an example, the authors present their experiences through the case study of SHM applications for large and complex civil infrastructures through a custom-made polytypic and synchronous data acquisition device that was utilized in the SHM of the large-span gymnasium in Dalian. The paper concludes with a discussion of state-of-the-art in the SHM for civil infrastructures, highlighting areas where further work is needed.


Structural health monitoring SHM standardization Large-span civil infrastructure Complex civil infrastructure Monitoring system 



This research work was jointly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51421064, 51222806, 51327003), the Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation (141072), and the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (Grant No. 20130041110031).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hong-Nan Li
    • 1
  • Liang Ren
    • 1
  • Zi-Guang Jia
    • 1
  • Ting-Hua Yi
    • 1
  • Dong-Sheng Li
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Lab of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Faculty of Infrastructure EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianPeople’s Republic of China

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