Latam Workshop 2023

Short Course

Optical Fiber Sensing for Structural & Geotechnical Health Monitoring.

The course can be conducted in Spanish, catering to the predominantly Latin American participants.
El curso puede impartirse en español, para atender a los participantes predominantemente latinoamericanos.


Structural health monitoring (SHM) is a process aimed at providing accurate and in-time information concerning structural health condition and performance. The information obtained on a structure through monitoring is of great aid to plan and design maintenance activities, verify design hypotheses, reduce uncertainty, increase safety, as well as to lower operating expenses.

Recent developments in fiber optic sensing (FOS) technologies made possible global structural monitoring using long-gauge sensors and integrity monitoring using truly distributed sensors. These sensors combined in appropriate topologies and networks can provide for assessment of wide range of parameters relevant for structural and geotechnical behavior.

Course Aims:

The aim of this one-day course is to provide an overview of fiber optic strain sensing capabilities and the opportunities it can offer. Covered topics include brief introduction to the SHM, overview of available FOS technologies (both discrete and distributed), and SHM methods based on FOS technologies. The topics are illustrated through numerous case studies from real-life projects.

This short course will review the use and application of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and distributed fiber sensing based on Brillouin Time Domain Systems (BOTDR/A), along with discussions on sensor placement & installation, data analysis and interpretation.

Learning outcomes:

This course will enable the participant to:

  • Understand the operating principles, characteristics and advantages of optical fiber sensors (both discrete and distributed).
  • Review a wide range of sensor types for the measurement of materials properties and structural characteristics
  • Learn the required building blocks that make up a Structural Health Monitoring system
  • Illustrate specific sensing solutions and their benefits in diverse civil & geotechnical applications
  • Obtain an overall view of fiber sensors, the SHM industry and its trends

Intended audience

Technical managers, scientists, engineers, technicians and research students who wish to learn about sensing and structural monitoring via optical fiber sensors and review their implementation and applications.

Course level

Introductory to intermediate






December 4, 2023


Dr. Francisco Carrion
Mexican Transportation Institute (IMT)

Dr. Alexis Mendez
MCH Engineering LLC


08:45 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:30 Introduction to SHM and its Principles
Dr. Francisco Carrion, Mexican Transportation Institute (IMT)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Introduction to Optical Fiber Sensors & Types
Dr. Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering LLC
11:30 – 12:30 Distributed Optical Fiber Strain Sensings
Dr. Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering LLCC
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch
13:30 – 15:00   Examples of SHM using fiber optic sensors in bridges & civil structures
D. Francisco Carrion, Mexican Transportation Institute
15:30 – 16:00   Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:45 Examples of SHM using fiber optic sensors in geotechnical works
Dr. Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering LLC
16:45-17:00  Q&A Session and Closure


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