Application of a statistical model updating approach on phase I of the IASC-ASCE structural health monitoring benchmark study

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  • H. F. Lam
  • L. S. Katafygiotis
  • N. C. Mickleborough


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-48
Journal / PublicationJournal of Engineering Mechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004


This paper addresses the problem of structural health monitoring (SHM) and damage detection based on a statistical model updating methodology which utilizes the measured vibration responses of the structure without any knowledge of the input excitation. The emphasis in this paper is on the application of the proposed methodology in Phase I of the benchmark study set up by the IASC-ASCE Task Group on structural health monitoring. Details of this SHM benchmark study are available on the Task Group web site at ( The benchmark study focuses on important issues, such as: (1) measurement noise; (2) modeling error; (3) lack of input measurements; and (4) limited number of sensors. A statistical methodology for model updating is adopted in this paper to establish stiffness reductions due to damage. This methodology allows for an explicit treatment of the measurement noise, modeling error, and possible nonuniqueness issues characterizing this inverse problem. The paper briefly describes the methodology and reports on the results obtained in detecting damage in all six cases of Phase I of the benchmark study assuming unknown (ambient) data. The performance, limitations,and difficulties encountered by the proposed statistical methodology are discussed.

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  • Bayesian analysis, Bench marks, Damage assessment, Statistic models, Structural safety

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