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On site wind monitoring

On site wind monitoring

Abstract

Once constructed, buildings and structures can experience a number of wind issues.  These include winds in pedestrian spaces creating uncomfortable or unsafe conditions, door operability issues or unwanted swaying of tall buildings and structure in high winds.  Monitoring is increasingly being used to supplement other tools, such as wind tunnel testing, in order to understand the in-situ behaviour of these buildings and structures. 

This is particularly relevant as we see an increase in the retrofitting and repurposing of existing buildings for new uses, full scale monitoring provides a means to assess the structural “health” of a building and help inform the redevelopment strategy.   Structural monitoring also provides a useful diagnosis to help understand and mitigate motion related issues that may only become apparent once the structure has been built.

Some planning authorities are also requiring monitoring as a means of post-construction verification that developments perform as expected in terms of the pedestrian wind microclimate

Learning Objectives:

  • Reasons why on-site monitoring is undertaken
  • The monitoring process including the methods and equipment used, and the typical duration of a wind monitoring  programme.
  • How the data from a monitoring programme is processed and interpreted. 
  • Understand the limitations of pedestrian and structural wind monitoring.

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