Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Presentation at 5th Workshop of COST TU1402 in Denmark

Hello, everyone!

How is the return to work have been for you? Hopefully with a lot of new and interesting ideas.

Well, I know that, at least for me, this has been a period with plenty of tasks and activities which sometimes makes it difficult to deal with each one at a time. Nonetheless, I hope that in the end, everything will come out nicely with productive results for my project. Surely I will speak about this with more detail in future posts.

In this post, I will talk about my experience, on the 5th Workshop of COST action TU 1402. For those of you that don't remember, back in my last April post, I mentioned that a workshop of this specific COST action had been held here at UPC in Barcelona back in March. Like I mentioned at that time, it had been very interesting to attend that workshop and I was looking forward to have the opportunity to attend or even participate in new meetings of this action. It so turns out that this opportunity indeed appeared  back in June when my supervisor received a call for presentations on the experience of the use of new structural health monitoring techniques to be made at the 5th Workshop to be held at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lingby.

This event was held last month on the 24th and 25th of August. Here, we decided to present a review of the experience of our local research group at BarcelonaTech on the use of Distributed Optical Fiber Sensors (DOFS) in both laboratory and real-world applications. Thus, the title of our presentation was: "Concrete structures monitoring with Optical Backscatter Reflectometry based Distributed Optical Fiber Sensors". Here, you can see a photo taken during my presentation.

Presenting at 5th Workshop of COST TU1402

Since the title of this action is "Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring" the presentation was more focused on the added information and accuracy obtained by the use of this sensing technique on SHM applications. Furthermore, as in the last meeting, I got to meet several researchers working on incredibly interesting topics, even ones working on researches very similar to mine, allowing for fascinating and amusing conversations between presentations. You can see my presentation as well as any other made in this event here.

As always, this experience allowed the continuous learning of the most recent investigated topics in the SHM field as well as the prolific exchange of ideas and opinions regarding my own project which I believe can only improve the final quality of my work.

Group photo of 5th Workshop of COST TU1402 at TU Denmark

Furthermore, I take the opportunity to announce that I officially began my secondment at COTCA S.A. company as it was planned at the beginning of my project. In the next post, I will talk in more detail about this topic and its role in my research within the TRUSS group.

Stay tuned for more posts in the near future!

See you soon!