Result of Second SENSKIN workshop  in Istanbul on 24-25th May 2018

Seconde SENSKIN Workshop held on 24-25th May 2018 
Istanbul, Turkey

Following the first workshop held in Brussels, Belgium on 8th November 2017 (as reported in the last issue of this magazine), the H2020 SENSKIN project held its second workshop entitled "SENSKIN Bridge Monitoring System - Prototype Field Tests" at Le Meridien İstanbul Etiler hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, on 24-25th May. About 75 participants from three continents attended from the field of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), including local stakeholders and academics. This event, organised by Turkish project member KGM, was held a week after the pre-installation of the first pilot on the first Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul.
A number of very interesting discussions took place during the four sessions on 24 th May 2018. T he second day of the workshop on 25th May 2018 featured a visit to the installation site.  
Session 1: Bridge Monitoring - Challenges and Opportunities
Moderated by Claudia Ciuca, FEHRL Project Officer, this session included an introduction by Project Manager Kostas Bouklas of ICCS, an overview of the Latest Developments and Challenges in SHM systems by Serdar Soyöz of Boğaziçi University Istanbul, Turkey and the Egnatia Motorway Sensing Systems by Panagiotis Panetsos of Egnatia, Greece.
Session 2: Bridge Monitoring Systems - Users' Needs and Challenges
This session, moderated by Kostas Bouklas, started with a presentation of "Monitoring System of Suspension Bridges in Turkey" by Sabri Tekin, Head of Motorways Department, KGM, Turkey, and followed with "SHM System in 3rd Bosphorus Bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge)" by Mehmet İzgi, Bridge Contractor, ICA, BOT Project, Turkey, "Bridge Monitoring Systems and Challenges in Ukraine" by Ihor Babyak of DNDI, Ukraine and "Bridge Monitoring in UK" by Peter Jones of TRL, UK.

Session 3: SENSKIN System - Field Applications
T he third session gave an overview of field applications of the SENSKIN system and was moderated by Fatma ORHAN of KGM. The following presentations were given:
  • Overall SENSKIN System and Technical Capabilities by Kostas Bouklas, ICCS - Greece
  • Laboratory tests on SENSKIN Prototype by Peter Jones, TRL -UK
  • Preliminary activities and preparation for the SENSKIN installation in Bosporus Bridge by Rahsan Yıldırım Telek, KGM - Turkey
  • SENSKIN Field application at Bosphorus 1 bridge, Turkey - Installation and Data Interpretation by Eleni Cheilakou and Nassos Anastasopoulos, MGH - Greece
  • System installation and validation in Egnatia Motorway, Greece by Panagiotis Panetsos, Egnatia - Greece
  • Acoustic Emission for Structural Health Monitoring by Nassos Anastasopoulos and Jon Watson, MGH - Greece
Session 4: Panel Discussion
The final session, moderated by Sabri Tekin of KGM, featured an introduction entitled "SHM System Evolution of Monitoring System" by Dyab Khazem/Oğuz Ertekin of the Parsons Transportation Group Inc, USA, Turkey Office. A panel discussion then took place with panellists Kostas Bouklas, Peter Jones, Rahsan Yıldırım Telek and Nassos Anastasopoulos.
All materials, including a new A4 brochure produced specifically for the workshop and onwards, can be found at .
Pre-installation of pilot
On 17th-18th May, KGM facilitated the access and permission for project partners MGH and ICCS to carry out the pre-installation of five conventional and five SENSKIN sensors on the first Bosphorus bridge for the first pilot. On the second day of the workshop, participants visited this installation and listened to a short presentation on how the system stores and checks the data on the spot. ICCS then replied to questions and made the final adjustments to the sensor, as it was set to be uninstalled from the bridge. A discussion on the maintenance of the bridge was also held.

The second pilot will be held in September 2018 on the Egnatia Motorway ravine bridge G4 in Krysalopigi, Greece.  

For more information, contact:
Project Coordinator Angelos Amditis at [email protected] or see
  SENSKIN partners

Project Coordinator, Dr. Angelos Amditis at [email protected] for further information on SENSKIN, Catherine Birkner at [email protected] for communication issues.