By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
A team of University of Pennsylvania students has designed cutting-edge technology to monitor the stability of bridges. They tapped ARTBA’s annual deficient U.S. bridges report to help win a corporate-sponsored contest that will allow them to further develop the technology.
The team from Penn’s Master of Integrated Product Design program and School of Design’s Historic Preservation department designed technology that uses connected monitoring devices to visualize a bridge’s structural stability. They worked with the Pennovation Center, the university’s innovation hub and business incubator. Comcast launched a contest to spur student and faculty development of internet of things (IoT) applications using its new machineQ network for smart cities and industry, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
ARTBA’s 2017 bridge report, which uses data from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, shows 20 percent of Pennsylvania’s more than 22,000 bridges are structurally deficient – the nation’s second highest percentage. The state’s top 15 most traveled structurally deficient bridges are located in Philadelphia, home of Penn and Comcast headquarters.