Gap between technically accurate information and socially appropriate information for structural health monitoring system installed into tall buildings

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Abstract

The importance of the structural health monitoring system for tall buildings is now widely recognized by at least structural engineers and managers at large real estate companies to ensure the structural safety immediately after a large earthquake and appeal the quantitative safety of buildings to potential tenants. Some leading real estate companies decided to install the system into all tall buildings. Considering this tendency, a pilot project for the west area of Shinjuku Station supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency was started by the author team to explore a possibility of using the system to provide safe spaces for commuters and residents. The system was installed into six tall buildings. From our experience, it turned out that viewing only from technological aspects was not sufficient for the system to be accepted and to be really useful. Safe spaces require not only the structural safety but also the soundness of key functions of the building. We need help from social scientists, medical doctors, city planners etc. to further improve the integrity of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2016
PublisherSPIE
Volume9805
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600461
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2016 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 2016 Mar 212016 Mar 24

Other

OtherHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2016
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period16/3/2116/3/24

Keywords

  • Commuter
  • Evacuation
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Tall building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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