The objectives of this research are to (1) explore and develop Robust Geotechnical Design methodology for use in geotechnical engineering to achieve design safety, robustness, and efficiency, (2) demonstrate the applicability of this new methodology in design and construction monitoring of braced excavations in urban areas, (3) disseminate these methodologies to the engineering profession, and (4) develop human resources through training Highly Qualified Personnel for the geotechnical field.
This project focuses on the development of accurate, three-dimensional, finite element structural models of Fort Sumter National Monument, a coastal fortification located on a man-made island in Charleston, South Carolina.
In order to achieve the objective of real-time, long-term monitoring and easy to be accessed by infrastructure managers, it becomes impractical to conduct on-site monitoring. On the other hand, Remote Monitoring technology solves these problems perfectly. In this project, the proposed remote monitoring system is able to retrieve sensor data generated from ambient excitations. This data will be processed and then be visualized on a website. Also, when outliers are detected by this system, it is capable of sending email alert related to the structural health state of the testing structure. This technique can be divided into three stages: 1. Data acquisition stage; 2. Data processing stage; 3 data communication stage.
This project proposes to provide a Predictive Maturity Framework with its companion metrics that (1) introduce a formalized, quantitative means to communicate information between interested parties, (2) provide scientifically dependable means to claim completion of Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (VU) activities, and (3) guide the decision makers in the allocation of NE’s resources for code development and physical experiments.
The main objective of this study is to evaluate the potential of existing scour monitoring instruments through a thorough literature review and develop new instruments which can be used to monitor both scour and fill processes continuously.
The ultimate outcome of this project will be the development of a method in the decision making process regarding the allocation of resources to experimental campaigns. This work will deliver an assessment of predictive maturity, prediction uncertainty and forecasting error upper bound of the PTW and VPSC codes.
Structural Health Monitoring is a global, diagnostic structural assessment technique successfully implemented on modern structures. This method monitors the vibration response to detect changes in the structural state of a building: whether as a result of damage formation or a strengthening campaign. It is proposed to address practical and technical difficulties of this technique when applied to historic masonry monuments. A guide will be developed and disseminated to extend the application of this technique to nation’s cultural monuments. Proposed project address two of the NCPTT’s missions: conserving cultural resources of the “recent past,” and monitoring and evaluating preservation treatments.