Real Time Data Acquisition in Structural Testing

by Conrad Paulson, Jr., Elstner Associates Inc, Northbrook, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The process of data collection in real time for structural engineering can be generalized into a process called the real time sequence. The sequence has three major phases: preliminary activities, the real time event, and post-event activities. In the traditional real time sequence, the flow of logic in the process is sequentially from one phase to another, with each phase entered only once. Also described is the modified real time sequence, where the flow of logic may re-enter a phase of the sequence multiple times. The important parameters in data collection are the overall duration of the data collection, the intensity of data collection, and the regularity of data collection. Consideration of these characteristics along with the type of real time sequence used by the process uniquely identifies the process as belonging to one of four application categories.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Control systems | Computing in civil engineering | Structural engineering | Parameters (statistics) | Structural design | Data collection | Flow duration

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