The safety, maintenance and repair of bridges and buildings depend on effective inspection and monitoring techniques. These methods need to be able to identify problems often hidden within structures before they become serious. This important collection reviews key techniques and their applications to bridges, buildings and other civil structures.

The first group of chapters reviews ways of testing corrosion in concrete components. Given their continuing importance and vulnerability to decay, the next series of chapters describes ways of testing wood components within civil structures. A final group of chapters looks at visual and acoustic techniques and their use to assess bridges in particular.

Inspection and monitoring techniques for bridges and civil structures is an invaluable reference for civil engineers involved in safety inspection, maintenance and repair of bridges and civil structures.

Key Features

  • Reviews key inspection and monitoring techniques and their applications to bridges, building and other civil structures
  • Edited by a leading authority in the field


Civil engineers involved in safety inspection, maintenance, and repair

Table of Contents

Testing steel corrosion in reinforced concrete; Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) testing of corrosion in concrete; Acoustic testing of concrete; Electrical impedance testing of wood components; Detecting decay in wood components; Testing timber pile length in bridges; Ultrasonic testing of structural timber components; Digital radioscopy analysis of timber structures; Visual inspection techniques for bridges and other transport structures; Acoustic emission testing of bridges; Bridge inspection using virtual reality and photogrammetry; Discontinuity in masonry wall.


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Woodhead Publishing
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About the editor

G Fu

Gongkang Fu is Professor of Structural Engineering at Wayne State University, USA. He is an internationally-recognised expert in bridge and structure design and evaluation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Wayne State University, USA