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ˇ@ˇ@A conventional thought has that civil engineering is a mature field requiring little input from new technologies. However, the products of civil engineering exist anywhere and are ubiquitous. All elements in civil engineering are closely linked to our daily life. Recently, many new technologies emerge, especially in the nano-materials, MEMS, and wireless communication area. Meanwhile, the applications of these new technologies are yet to be explored. Civil engineering is a research field that will benefit from these new technologies. In turn, integration of these technologies is a new trend of research in civil engineering.

ˇ@ˇ@ Civil structures and buildings are subjected to such natural hazards as earthquakes and winds, and such man-made hazards as fires and crimes, over their life times. Therefore, life cycle monitoring of civil infrastructure such as bridges and buildings is critical to the long-term operational cost and the safety of aging structures. Furthermore, improvement of living quality and safety by an intelligent management system is an issue of concern. As such, developing an efficient monitoring system to revive civil engineering has become increasingly pressing.

ˇ@ˇ@ Recently, there are many research studies on efficient monitoring systems in civil engineering. A critical element is the integration of various monitoring systems. The objective of this research is therefore to develop advanced health monitoring systems for civil and building infrastructure, with an aim to develop an Intelligence Neural Monitoring Network System (INMNS). The idea is to develop individual effective monitoring systems, which are combined to form a network. All systems can communicate each other and exchange data freely. Such a monitoring system contains six part: (1) INSAR and GPS deformation monitoring, (2)development and applications of subsurface imaging techniques, (3) development of wireless sensors for advanced health monitoring in civil infrastructure system, (4) structural healthy monitoring and structural vibration control of Skyscraper, (5) monitoring post-tensioning force Loss in precast segmental bridge columns, and (6) Study on intelligently remodeling existing buildings for maintenance management. Details of these systems are described below.


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