Monitoring, Modeling, and Visualization of Structures

Cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD) – Engineering Research Development Center (ERDC) – Constructional Engineering Research Lab (CERL).

Co-PI’s: Prof. Hannah Blum ( and Prof. Jesse Hampton)


This project develops a method for monitoring and assessing historic and non-historic structures subjected to changing climate conditions. This is a unique multidisciplinary project with collaborations among structural engineering, civil/geological engineering, and computer engineering. The project involves field investigations, laboratory testing, advanced computational modeling, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality.

Laboratory Testing

In preparation for field work, the team is conducting laboratory tests to qualify the performance of fiber optic cabling on structural systems for detecting failure modes, and understanding the multiscale localization of damage and its evolution.

Upcoming work

The team will implement one of the most massive fiber optic sensing monitoring campaigns in existence for historic and non-historic structure behavior under changing climate conditions.