An international team of engineers is collaborating on the development of an innovative new sensor system which will provide real-time alerts for potentially catastrophic structural failures or weaknesses while also guiding periodic preventive maintenance.

Using a grant of just over $1 million from the government of Qatar, a team of engineers from the US, Canada and the Middle East is developing a wireless sensor network that will monitor vibrations, sagging and stresses to assess a structure’s ability to carry its load. The proposed system…