The inspector acting as a forensic investigator officer, identifies the defect, records its size, quantity and location, and finally defines its source and reason. The inspector must take decisions related with the inspection method, frequency, NDT coverage and statically correlation of testing results. All these data are studied and evaluated specifying the health index, the classification from good to critical status, the severity and priority of needed actions in order to ensure the public safety and finally protect the investment by ensuring the availability of Owner’s funding.
Real Time Monitoring is an extra tool which can successfully support the post-evaluation of a structure. During monitoring the applied stresses to the structure, under both service and the dynamic loading, are continuously recorded in critical areas, based on a customized design and use of special recording devices and software, reflecting the actual and in real time structural behavior.