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SENsing SKIN' for Monitoring-Based Maintenance of the Transport Infrastructure

Third SENSKIN press release on 1st and 2nd SENSKIN Workshops

1st SENSKIN Workshop held on 8th November 2017 in Brussels; 2nd planned on 24-25th May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey


Brussels, Belgium, 15h January 2018. SENSKIN is a 48-month Horizon 2020 project implemented by 13 partners from 7 countries to develop a skin-like sensor that offers spatial sensing and can monitor strains of various intensities on transport bridges or other critical infrastructures. An Emerging Delay Tolerant Network technology is used, so that the measurements of the sensors can be transmitted to the highways’ control centers even under difficult conditions, such as in the case of an earthquake, where some communication networks are potentially inoperable. The sensor measurements provide input for structural assessment, while a dedicated Module evaluates the rehabilitation options. The whole system will be integrated to provide decision support on the timing and type of rehabilitation based on the identified damage, structural condition and available rehabilitation options. The system will be field evaluated in the Bosporus 1 bridge in Istanbul with an average daily traffic of 200,000 vehicles and a bridge on the Greek Egnatia Motorway that connects Europe to Asia. A series of workshops are taking place to get key stakeholders informed and actively involved – the first one took place on 8th November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium and the second one is planned for 24-25th May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.



In this 1st workshop, in a lively and fruitful discussion, around 40 participants provided valuable input to the work of the project. The aim of this first workshop was to analyse the requirements and methodology of the SENSKIN monitoring system. To facilitate and enhance knowledge exchange between practitioners in the field of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), a number of systems already being used and developed within the project context were also presented. A short overview follows:  

Session 1: Setting the Scene

Following a welcome by Adewole Adesiyun from FEHRL, Sergio Escriba, SENSKIN Project Officer from the EC/INEA described the expectations for SENSKIN and Konstantinos Loupos, Project Manager from ICCS, then gave an overview of the project. The keynote speech by Joan Ramon Casas of the Technical University of Catalonia was entitled "Latest trends in Structural Health Monitoring".  

Session 2: Bridge Monitoring Systems - Users' Needs and Challenges

Moderated by Konstantinos Loupos, this session started with a presentation by Panagiotis Panetsos of Egnatia Motorway, Greece on the bridge structures of Egnatia Motorway.

The second presentation by Şengül Kaya from KGM Turkey gave details of the bridges that span the Bosporus strait in Istanbul. She then explained the SHM installed on these bridges with emphasis on the Bosporus Bridge, which will be instrumented with the SENSKIN sensors.

The last presentation, given by Piotr Olaszak from IBDiM Poland, was entitled "Bridge Deflection Monitoring Systems - The application of inertial sensors".

Session 3: The SENSKIN Monitoring System

The Consortium members described the progress made so far, starting with an overview of the Prototype of Sensing Elements by Dmitry Rychkov of the University of Potsdam, Germany. The second presentation, “SENSKIN Integrated Monitoring System”, given by Konstantinos Loupos, described the modules/sub-systems that constitute the monitoring system. Peter Jones' (TRL UK) presentation, “Laboratory Tests on Prototypes”, focused on the various laboratory tests conducted on the sensors. The fourth presentation, “The Structural Assessment Modules”, given by Sanna Corrado of TECNIC SA in Italy, explained the objectives of the structural modulus. The last presentation given by Panagiotis Panetsos explained the work to field evaluate and benchmark the system and integrated package on two actual and in-service bridges - the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul and the Egnatia G4 Ravine Bridge in Greece. 

Session 4: Monitoring Systems of Civil Infrastructure

During this session, a number of other monitoring systems were presented. The first, “Acoustic Emission for Structural Health Monitoring”, was presented by Jon Watson and Nassos Anastasopoulos of Mistras Group Hellas (MGH). The second presentation, “Damage Identification in Bridges Through Dynamic Monitoring”, was part of the work being done in the SHAPE project (

The third system, Aerial Robotic System for In-Depth Bridge Inspection by Contact (, was presented by Adewole Adesiyun from FEHRL.

The last presentation by Lorcan Connolly of ROD gave an overview, of the SAFE 10T project (, which is developing a Safety Framework to ensure high safety performance while allowing longer life-cycles for critical infrastructure.

Session 5: Panel Discussion

The Project Coordinator thanked the participants for their presence and closed the workshop. Presentations can be found here, biographies here and photos here.

2nd workshop planned in Istanbul on 24-25th May 2018 at KGM

The 2nd SENSKIN workshop is planned on 24-25th May 2018 at project partner KGM's 1st Regional Directorate in Hasdal, İstanbul, Turkey. See for more details.

Project contacts:


Dr.  Angelos Amditis

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)


Communications Officer

Catherine Birkner

Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL)


















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