The benefits of structural monitoring on construction projects

David Mainwaring – Director for MonitoringMarch 20, 2024

Structural monitoring surveys are an indispensable tool in the construction industry. Through the deployment of various sensors and technologies that detect and measure movement, vibrations and other changes, structural monitoring surveys provide the ability to continuously or periodically observe and analyse a building’s structural integrity. The wealth of data collected during a structural monitoring survey not only aids in the identification of potential structural issues, but also plays a crucial role in proactive decision-making and compliance with safety regulations.

In this latest blog, David Mainwaring – Director for Monitoring takes a look in more detail at the advantages of integrating structural monitoring data into building projects.

The benefits of structural monitoring on construction projects

Early detection of structural issues

Structural monitoring surveys serve as proactive risk management tools. They enable stakeholders to identify potential structural issues before they become too severe, empowering decision making on whether remedial measures are required and ensuring timely interventions.

Safety and risk management

By closely and proactively tracking the health and stability of a structure, structural monitoring mitigates the risk of unexpected failures. This not only safeguards the well-being of on-site operatives, but also ensures public safety.

Maintenance optimisation

Structural monitoring surveys also assist with efficient planning of an asset’s maintenance and repair work. With insights into the asset’s structural health, targeted and well-informed maintenance strategies can be planned, avoiding unnecessary work and expense, whilst extending the lifespan of the asset. The incorporation of cutting-edge fibre optic technology is further revolutionising structural monitoring practices, enabling real-time tracking throughout the structure’s entire lifecycle and can be installed during construction or retro fitted into an existing structure.

Regulatory compliance and governance

Structural monitoring also plays a critical role in ensuring compliance with safety regulations and industry standards. The comprehensive data obtained during the course of the survey serves as a robust record, providing tangible evidence of compliance with regulatory requirements. This not only fosters good governance and accountability, but also offers a layer of protection in the event of legal disputes or litigation.

As you can see, the benefits of structural monitoring surveys extend beyond construction site logistics and risk mitigation. They are also integral to creating safer environments, optimising maintenance practices and upholding regulatory standards. As the construction industry embraces technological advancements, the incorporation of structural monitoring data is not just a best practice; it’s a strategic imperative for sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

Keen to learn more?

Please check out one of our other monitoring blogs “The five steps to a successful monitoring project” to see how we partner with you on structural monitoring and environmental monitoring projects.

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Watch David Mainwaring explain the importance of structural monitoring during the extension project at the ExCel London, as a guest speaker on the Move Solutions webinar: Maximise your construction site safety.


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