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Graz University of Technology
Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems

 Contact data
StreetSteyrergasse 30 
ZIP, City, Region 8010 - Graz (Styria) 
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 Contact person

Prof. Dr. Werner Lienhart (Head of Institute)
 Employees (Total)
Total: 250+

 Central aim of organisation
Development of Structural Health Monitoring systems using embedded fiber optic sensors and external sensors

 Briefly describe your organisation
We develop and implement Structural Health Monitoring systems for man-made structures (bridges, dams, railway lines ...) and natural phenomena (landslides, ...). We currently monitor 24/7 one of the largest landslides in Austria using GPS sensors on the surface and embedded fiber optic sensor within the landslide. We have great experience in the development of fiber optic sensors and have them installed in concrete structures (bridges), embedded in soils and used to monitor strain within railway tracks and railway sleepers.
We are also active within robotics where we provide external control by tracking moving objects like UAVs with total stations with laser based methods and pattern recognition.

 Core Competency

Research & Development

 ICT sectors:
- ICT Applications     
   - ICT Applications for Traffic and Logistics     
   - ICT Application for Environment Management     
   - Industrial Application     
- Multimedia, Pattern Recognition     
   - Virtual and Augmented Reality      
   - Pattern Processing     
- Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics     
   - Automation     
   - Robotics     
- Photonics and Quantum Technologies     
   - Optical Systems     
   - Wireless & Mobile Communication     

 ICT keywords
Fiber Optic, Environmental Monitoring, UAV Tracking, Safety of Structures
 RTD Experiences & Publications

 My organisation has been involved in projects funded by the following EU-programmes
  Coordinator  Partner 
EU Framework Programme (FP)
Other international co-operative research

 Austrian Research and Development Projects
  Coordinator  Partner 
Non-cooperative Projects (Single projects)        
Cooperative Projects
Education Projects (Thesis, ..)

 RTD Experience
We are using fiber optic sensors for the measurement of temperature and strain for more than 10 years and have developed several calibration facilities in our measurement lab.

Currently we are in the management committee of the COST Action TD1001: Novel and Reliable Optical Fibre Sensor Systems for Future Security and Safety Applications (OFSeSa) .

We are also chair of the FIG Study Group 6.2.1.Fibre Optic Sensors.

We have successfully developed fiber optic strain pads for railway applications in an FFG project and a proven record in the monitoring critical infrastructure (bridges, railway lines, ...) and the monitoring of landslides.

We have developed software for total stations to track UAVs and robots to determine high accurate reference values of the trajectories based on laser based measurements and pattern recognition.

Habel W, Brunner FK (2011): Faseroptische Sensoren für den Einsatz im Monitoring: ein Überblick. AVN 6/2011: 204-211

Woellner JP, Woschitz H, Brunner FK (2011): Testing a large fiber optic strain-rosette, embedded in a landslide. In Proc. 8th International Symposium on Field Measurements in GeoMechanics: 18 pages

Zogg H-M, Lienhart W, Nindl D, Kotzur N (2010) Geodetic Survey System having a Camera integrated in a Remote Control Unit, WO2012034813 (A1): 65 pages

Nindl D, Zogg H-M, Lienhart W, Kotzur N (2010) Target Point Recognition Method and Surveying Instrument, EP2405237 (A1): 11 pages

Woschitz H (2010): Entwicklung eines Rail Strain Pads unter Verwendung von Faser-Bragg-Gitter-Sensoren. In Wunderlich T (Hrsg.) Beiträge zum 16. Internationalen Ingenieurvermessungskurs München 2010, Wichmann: 171-182

Lienhart W, Brunner FK (2007) Integrated Analysis of Inhomogeneous Structural Monitoring Data of a Monolithic Bridge, Proc. 3. International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Vancouver, Canada

Lienhart W (2005): Experimental Investigation of the Performance of the SOFO Measurement System. In: Chang FK (ed): Structural Health Montoring 2005, Proc. 5th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Stanford, USA: 1131-1138

 Inserted / Updated
2012-06-29 / 2012-06-29