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Structural Health Monitoring

"We deployed an embedded monitoring system with unmatched competitive accuracy, price, and flexibility by using LabVIEW and CompactRIO as the computing platform. "

- Chris McDonald - CGM Engineering, Inc.

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Structural health monitoring (SHM) is emerging as a vital tool to help engineers improve the safety and maintainability of critical structures. SHM combines a variety of sensing technologies with an embedded measurement controller to capture, log, and analyze real-time data. SHM systems are designed to reliably monitor and test the health and performance of structures such as the following:

  • Bridges and dams
  • Buildings and stadiums
  • Vessels and platforms
  • Airframes
  • Wind turbines
  • Large machinery and equipment

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National Instruments platforms combine modular, rugged instrumentation with NI LabVIEW graphical programming for powerful, economical solutions for structural health monitoring and testing. NI CompactRIO is a modular, intelligent system for embedded data acquisition, processing, and logging. Designed for harsh operating conditions, CompactRIO can operate unattended and remotely for extended periods of time. NI CompactDAQ delivers high-performance PC-based data acquisition for portable testing in the field or the lab.

NI CompactRIO Bundle for Embedded Structural Health Monitoring

NI CompactRIO is an embedded control and acquisition system designed for applications that require both high performance and reliability. The system combines an open embedded architecture with small size, extreme ruggedness, and modular I/O.

  • Stand-alone operation with embedded data processing and logging
  • Rugged platform that operates reliably in harsh environments
  • More than 50 C Series modules for measurement, control, and communications

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NI CompactDAQ Bundle for Structural Field Testing

NI CompactDAQ hardware provides the plug-and-play simplicity of USB to sensor and electrical measurements. It delivers fast and accurate measurements in a small, simple, and affordable system.

  • Easy USB connectivity
  • Support for C Series measurement and control modules
  • Compatibility with many types of sensors and transducers

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Whether you want in-depth expertise in structural testing and monitoring, need to find a turnkey solution, or simply wish to complete your system with compatible third-party products, National Instruments partners can help you realize the structural health monitoring solution you require.

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Benefits of Using NI

  • Compatibility with a wide range of sensor technologies
  • Customization for your specific structure requirements
  • Software tools for signal processing, analysis, and data management
  • Systems adaptable for long-term health monitoring or temporary field tests


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