Climate changes are increasing the need for bridge and watercourse monitoring
An increasing need for bridge and watercourse monitoring
Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. Global climate change has already resulted in a wide range of impacts across every region of the world and many sectors of the economy that are expected to grow in the coming decades.
Bridge scour is the removal of sediments such as sand and gravel from around bridge abutments or piers. Scour, caused by swiftly moving water, can scoop out scour holes, compromising the integrity of a structure.
In several countries, bridge scour is one of the three main causes of bridge failure. Edge computing, sensors and smart cameras could report in real-time what’s going on.