Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 607–616 | Cite as

Strategies of structural health monitoring for bridges based on cloud computing

  • Marco FuringhettiEmail author
  • Alberto Pavese
  • Francesco Lunghi
  • Davide Silvestri
Original Paper


The collapse of the Polcevera bridge in Italy represents a serious event which seems to be a direct result of cumulated local damages due to the aggressive environment of the construction site. Recently, evidence of corrosion of both ordinary and post-tension steel reinforcements were detected, in addition to concrete carbonation. Such phenomena generally lead to an increase in the deformation of all the elements of the bridge structure, which start to increase in time, leading to a progressive deterioration of the overall system. As a consequence, a proper structural monitoring layout would provide an extremely useful tool, for a correct plan of maintenance for all the elements of the considered infrastructure. In this work, strategies for the definition of structural health monitoring systems for bridges are discussed, from both software and hardware points of view. More specifically, a Cloud computing interface is considered, to make recorded data available for further analyses and post-processing procedures. The presented definition of the monitoring architecture could lead to the proper maintenance of all the structural elements, preventing the unexpected collapse of the structure.


Structural health monitoring Bridge structure Collapse prevention Cloud computing monitoring Planned maintenance 



Part of the present work has been developed at the EUCENTRE Foundation in Italy, within the eu-funded project STRIT—Strumenti e Tecnologie per la gestione del Rischio delle Infrastrutture di Trasporto (Tools and technologies for transport infrastructures risk management).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Furinghetti
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alberto Pavese
    • 1
  • Francesco Lunghi
    • 2
  • Davide Silvestri
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.EUCENTRE FoundationPaviaItaly

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