Force measurements: safe construction at lower costs

Structures with a traditional design, such as construction pits with struts, girders and sheet piling, are proven systems, but are these systems as efficient as we think? Uncertainty with respect to basic parameters and the risk of high consequential damage lead to designs that are needlessly conservative. But construction must also be safe. Force measurements are the answer: optimum use of force measurements in struts, for example, ensure that a design is demonstrably safe and allows the work to be optimised even during the execution stage.

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Observational Method

Demonstrability and safety play an increasingly important role in construction. Safety and cost-efficiency are therefore a logical combination. By monitoring the design principles in real-time during the implementation, you possess comprehensive information about safety at all times.

In this way, a cost-effective design is also safe. This is very reassuring for builders and stakeholders. The construction method, known as the ‘Observational Method’, is combined with a scenario-bases approach, This means, for example, that measures are linked to the level of the measured forces or can be combined with water tension, slope measurements and/or deformation.

For the entire structure or construction pit

The selective measurement of forces provides an insight into the safety of the entire structure or construction pit. Automatic reporting helps to monitor the level of safety. To update yourself on the status of a structure, you can view the information from anywhere in the world and define signalling values for automatic alerts by text or email.

Functions

  • Measurement possible on almost any steel or concrete component
  • Measurement of forces in structural components
  • Can be extended with modules for other measurements, such as water tension, slope measurements and deformation
  • Online viewing using a convenient graphic tool
  • Alerting by text message or email
  • Automatic reporting can be defined
  • Hardware, software, ICT, application sensors and system maintenance in a single solution

Specifications

  • Supports quasi-static as well as dynamic measurements
  • SMARTbox system for controlling all sensors
  • Measurements based on strain sensors
  • Measurement frequency from 0.01Hz to 500 Hz
  • Wireless and wired versions
  • Large sensor networks can be realised
  • Automatic backups of data in central database
  • Internal (cast-in) and external (bolt-on or glue-on) sensors can be used