Monash Civil Engineering efficiently responds to level crossing Superload challenge

Monash Civil Engineering recently demonstrated how valuable it is as a partner to industry.

Monash Civil Engineers designed and installed real-time monitoring on bridges, over which 24 u-trough beams - each load weighing 400 tonnes (including all the vehicles) - were transported by truck across Melbourne.

The monitoring design was unique to each location depending on the bridge’s design and age. The monitoring systems were installed under the constraints of a fully operational road system including requirements for road closures on major freeways.

Monash efficiently provided expert staff, graduate engineers and equipment to undertake real time monitoring on six bridges, to verify that they had not been damaged and could carry a similar load the following night. Real-time monitoring of some of the bridges is ongoing and Monash staff are still collaborating with partners to further knowledge across agencies.

The project was a major opportunity for highly-skilled Civil Engineering postgraduate students to apply their lab experience to the challenge the u-troughs presented. Dr Colin Caprani said “these graduate engineers are adaptable and learn quickly on site. They are capable of using advanced technology to deliver on the client’s immediate needs”.

“Their lab experience was vital to quickly verify field results, drawing on the theoretical work they had undertaken in the past”, he explains.

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