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The battle of image-processing algorithms for deformation monitoring

An engineering challenge

Smart phone on a tripod in front of a bridge
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When considering smartphones as a part of a monitoring system the greatest challenge is making sense of the data. As an industry, we need image-processing tools that are easily accessible and compatible across multiple devices.

This event will bring together PhD students and researchers to demonstrate that free, available tools can be used to analyse deformations of both laboratory and real world structures from videos and photos collected with smartphones.

  • From: Thursday 20 September 2018, 9.30 am
  • To: Thursday 20 September 2018, 6 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 9, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 19 September 2018, 3.00 pm
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Past event

Event details

In July 2018 we launched an engineering challenge for those working in image processing for structural health monitoring, to analyse a set of images and videos of laboratory and real world structures that have been taken on a smartphone. Using pre-existing image-processing tools, the challenge was to detect and locate structural damage and estimate its severity, the results of the challenge will be presented as part of this event.

Through the latest developments in smartphone technology, we are able to capture high quality images and video to assess the structural performance of bridges. The installation of cameras not only saves the engineering industry time and money, but also significantly reduces the risk of working at height, and traffic disruption caused by road closures.

Reserve your place

To reserve your place at this event please select ‘reserve your place’ at the top of this page and follow the online booking process.

This event is free to attend.

Provisional programme


9:30 – 10:00

Registration and refreshments Forum Level 0, Newton building

10:00 – 10.15


Dr Andrew Knight, Dean, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, NTU and Dr Rolands Kromanis, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, NTU

Lecture Theatre 9
Newton building

10:15 – 11:00

Measuring deformations using smartphones and Introduction to the challenge
Dr R Kromanis

11:00 – 12:00

Participant presentations

Static load test challenge
Brandan Obiechefu, NTU

Quasi-static load test challenge
Darragh Lydon, Queen’s University Belfast

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Forum Level 0
Newton building

13:00 – 14:00

Structures behaving badly
Professor James Brownjohn, Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Exeter

Lecture Theatre 9
Newton building

14:00 – 15:00

An overview of Dynamic Monitoring System
Chris Martin, Imetrum Ltd

15:00 – 15:45

Participant presentations

Dynamic load test challenge
Zhilu Lai, ETH Zurich

Wilford Suspension Bridge
Ying Wang, University of Exeter

15:45 – 16:00


16:00 – 16:30

Panel discussion

Best presentation and paper awards

16:30 – 18:00

Drinks and networking Forum Level 0
Newton building


For all enquiries please email Rolands Kromanis or call +44 (0)115 848 4845.

Location details


Lecture Theatre 9, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes' walk. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park, please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

To plan your journey to the NTU City Campus, please visit the Get Directions Page on the NTU website.

Past event

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