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Monitoring of Bridges in Korea

Civil Engineering Applications

  1. Hyun-Moo Koh1,
  2. Hae-Sung Lee1,
  3. Sungkon Kim2,
  4. Jinkyo F. Choo1

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm163

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

How to Cite

Koh, H.-M., Lee, H.-S., Kim, S. and Choo, J. F. 2009. Monitoring of Bridges in Korea. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Seoul National University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seoul, Korea

  2. 2

    Seoul National University of Technology, Department of Structural Engineering, Seoul, Korea

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


Korea has adopted bridge monitoring systems since early 1990s. Existing bridges were at first instrumented to collect field data for design check and long-term monitoring. Along with the rapid and massive progresses made in the domain of IT technologies for infrastructures, complete and integrated monitoring systems were systematically installed in all major bridges since 2000 in Korea, which can be seen today as one of the leading countries in bridge monitoring. The so-collected database is currently exploited for diverse purposes, such as maintenance, evaluation of structural behavior, system identification, and feedback for future constructions. Continuous efforts have been and are being deployed to enhance structural health monitoring (SHM) of bridge structures, and numerous researches are being conducted on emerging smart technologies. Such ongoing efforts are dedicated to realize full integration of monitoring systems, in the future, to produce bridges providing real-time continuous sensing, remote sensing, and self-diagnostic and decision-making functions with a lifetime perspective. Accordingly, bridge monitoring in Korea evolved to reach its third generation now in terms of development stage and functionality. This article reviews the development and applications of SHM for existing and newly built bridges in Korea with their objectives and characteristics.


  • bridge monitoring;
  • bridge instrumentation;
  • exploitation of database;
  • integrated monitoring systems;
  • lifetime perspective