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10-04-2006

Clarkson Professor Uses Wireless Technology to Monitor Bridge Integrity In Potsdam

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Drive in any direction in New York State and you are bound to come upon a construction crew making bridge repairs. For every bridge being brought back to health, however, there may be dozens more whose integrity is compromised. kerop

Developing and designing a universally low-cost and automatic system for structural health monitoring and condition assessment of bridges is one of the research interests of Kerop D. Janoyan, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University. Janoyan has been given grants to monitor the health of bridges throughout the state, including the bridge on Wright Road in Potsdam.

The bridge monitoring program is being funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Innovative Bridge Research and Construction (IBRC) Program and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in collaboration with the Washington County Department of Public Works, the St. Lawrence County Department of Highways and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Janoyan received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a registered Professional Engineer. He has researched and written extensively on innovative bridge design, testing, monitoring and evaluation, including development of advanced wireless sensor technologies for transportation infrastructure.

Among his many other research interests, Janoyan also studies winter impacts along the Cascade Lakes in the Adirondack Mountains. His research includes alternative roadway designs for de-icing and anti-icing, including long-term structural roadway design elements and electrically conductive concrete overlays.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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