Real-time Big-Data Visualization

In order to make informed decision about structural integrity or building operations, it is important to search, organize, and visualize vast amounts of vibration data effectively. We are using the highly-instrumented Goodwin Hall Smart Building as a platform for real-time data visualization to address some of the fundamental and practical challenges in this field.

Collaborators: Zhiwu Xie (Virginia Tech)

Online Stuctural Health Monitoring

We are designing a framework for structural health monitoring that functions fully online, without any prior information about the structure. As part of this effort, we are exploring several key principles that could help to accomplish this goal:

  1. Machine learning strategies that can handle high dimensional data, in order to avoid information loss due to dimensionality reduction.
  2. The use of Generative Adversarial Networks to overcome data scarcity and data imbalance.
  3. Alarm threshold tuning based on reliability analysis to reduce sensitivity to user-defined parameters.

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ISWIM Award and Newletter Feature

The VIBEs Team’s research in integrated Structural Health Monitoring and Bridge Weigh in Motion earned Amin Moghadam an International Society of Weigh in Motion (ISWIM) Young Researcher Award and featured in their December, 2020 Newsletter.

VT CEE Feature: Amin Moghadam

VIBEs Lab PhD Student Amin Moghadam featured in the Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering website for his research and acheivements. Full Article Here:

Invited Talk, University of Sheffield (UK)

Improving SHM multi-structure adaptability via reduced a priori information

Rodrigo Sarlo, Alan Smith, and Mohammad-Hesam Soleimani-Babakamali

One of the current challenges in structural health monitoring (SHM) is the design of methods that are flexible enough to scale to a variety of as-built structures. Current methods have limited scalability partly because they tend to rely on significant a priori information, e.g., an assumed model/geometry of the structure, training examples of specific damage cases, etc. Not only is such information sometimes difficult to obtain, it also results in a number of specific challenges that will be postulated as part of this talk. These include: 1) deviations of the as-built behavior from the assumed “as-planned” behavior and 2) limits on an SHM algorithm’s ability to deal with new or evolving damage or environmental scenarios. Based on these challenges, the talk will introduce a set of on-line monitoring methodologies which aim to reduce reliance on a priori information while accounting for the numerous variations present in the true built environment. The first challenge is addressed through the conversion of dense reality capture date (e.g., from LiDAR) to workable structural models, enabling the analysis of as-built geometries that evolve over the structure’s lifetime. The second challenge is addressed via an unsupervised SHM framework which exploits simple, high-dimensional features in combination with generative adversarial networks (GANs). Synthetic data from the GANs is analyzed using system reliability principles in order to adaptively define damage detection thresholds completely online. Both frameworks will be demonstrated on a variety of full-scale experimental structures to support their scalability potential.

Dr. Sarlo receives TLOS XCaliber Award

Dr. Sarlo received the Virginia Tech TLOS XCaliber award for his integration of 3D printed bridge design into CEE 3404: Intro to Structures.

VIBEs Lab Finalist in the 2021 Smart City Competition

The VIBEs Lab team pitch for gait diagnosis via floor vibrations (FloorVibe) was selected as one of 11 finalists for the 2021 Smart City Works Smart City Challenge. See the pitch here!

Experimental Validation of Seismic Design Formulas for Metal Buildings

Metal building are highly-optimized structures with natural periods (resonances) that are not well represented by standard design formulas. We are developing cheap, deployable methods for obtaining empirical field measurements of a wide variety of metal buildings in order to validate a new seismic design formula.


Vibration Based Occupant Inference

Structural vibrations can be used to track occupant movement and activity.

Gait Diagnosis via Floor Vibrations

Gait can tell us much about a person’s state of health and floor vibrations are a non-intrusive way to monitor it.