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PhD studentship: Bridge Health Monitoring for Risk-Based Asset Management


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 February 2024
Reference:  ENG1710

Supervised by Rasa Remenyte-Prescott (Resilience Engineering, Faculty of Engineering) and Panagiotis Psimoulis (Geospatial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)

Aim: To investigate and develop an approach for bridge health monitoring and its inclusion in risk-based asset management modelling


Currently assessment of the health state of bridges is commonly carried out through visual inspections, which can be subjective and infrequent. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) techniques offer an alternative with the potential for continuous, real-time monitoring that could lead to improved assessments of failure risk and better-informed asset management decisions. To date, available monitoring methods are not developed as a part of a holistic approach to support exploratory inspections and sensor data is not incorporated in asset management.

Proposed project

The aim of this project is to develop a framework to identify the bridge health state using objective measurements obtained from an easy-to-deploy, portable, sensor-based monitoring system, which will complement the existing visual inspection approach. This proposed framework will then use the sensor data to support bridge asset management decisions, based on the prognosis of the bridge health state obtained. It is envisaged that longer term such monitoring approaches will supersede visual inspections of bridges. Wider impact is expected through future applications to different types of railway bridges, as well as road bridges.

Summary: Open to UK/EU/overseas students. Look for funding sources at

Entry Requirements: Starting October 2024, we require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in engineering, computer science, maths, or a relevant discipline, at integrated Master’s level or with a relevant MSc (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 degree can be considered). 

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When applying, please include the reference number (beginning ENG and supervisors name) within the personal statement section. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

For any enquiries about the project and the funding please email Rasa Remenyte-Prescott (

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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