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Our research has two main theme areas. First, we are working on identification and control of dynamically sensitive structures which are vulnerable to natural (wind, earthquake) and man-made (e.g., machinery, pedestrian) dynamic forces. We are primarily interested in understanding the behaviour and condition of structures through sensor measurements, and to develop innovative means to control unwanted responses in dynamically sensitive structures. We are working on developing powerful system identification and parameter estimation algorithms using concepts of blind source separation, Kalman filtering, unsupervised classification, and time-frequency analysis. We have significant ongoing research on lightweight footbridges such as aluminum, where we are studying the dynamic effects of pedestrian loading and the deployment of autonomous vibration control systems.

The second theme area is in condition monitoring of civil and mechanical systems such as rotating mechanical equipment, bridges and water distribution networks. We are primarily interested in vibration and acoustic-based sensors to undertake condition assessment. We are working on signal processing, machine learning and reliability methods to develop novel detection, degradation and maintenance models to assist with maintenance and operations. Autonomous aerial vehicles are being assessed for their use in inspecting steel and concrete bridges to augment current inspection techniques where access is difficult.

In this webpage, you will find a summary of our key research themes, publications and information about our current team members.

Condition Monitoring of Civil and Mechanical Systems
SDIC Stories

by Chris Bogdon | Clearpath Robotics

Sensors, Data Analytics May Mean End of ‘Build and Forget’
by Kira Vermond | Engineer the Future

Leaky Water Pipes Found Early by Sophisticated Hydrant Sensors
by Kira Vermond | Engineer the Future

Sriram Narasimhan’s research team is shaking things up in the Civil Engineering Structures Lab at the University of Waterloo. The research, which is led by Ph.D Candidate Kevin Goorts, is developing a new mobile damping system for suppressing unwanted vibrations in lightweight, flexible bridges. Whereas damping systems are often permanent fixtures built into the bridge, their system... READ MORE
It was the costliest disaster in Canadian history, but for Fort McMurray residents trapped on clogged evacuation roads while the May 3, 2016 wildfire raged nearby, it was also something else: terrifying. According to engineer Sriram Narasimhan, however, coming technology in sensors and data analytics could soon make community evacuations in such crises safer and more orderly... READ MORE
It starts with tiny cracks, fissures in buried water pipes that eventually burst and flood city streets, causing millions of dollars in damage. That's the scenario Sriram Narasimhan, a University of Waterloo civil and environmental... READ MORE

Structural Dynamics, Identification and Control Group
University of Waterloo, CPH 1326G
200 University Avenue W.
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1