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Monitoring infrastructure with advanced sensor technologies

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District, or EBMUD, provides water for 1.4 million people…on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, operating more than 4,000 miles of water pipelines in one of the most seismically active places in North America….Until now, there’s been no way for EBMUD to monitor its underground network of pipelines….new technology developed by Kenichi Soga, professor of civil and environmental engineering [UC Berkeley], has the potential to change that, allowing engineers to monitor for tension and compression in real time so they can fix stressed pipes before they break….“With DFOS, we can get information from every point along a fiber optic cable, and we can get it for tens of miles,” Soga says.
Monitoring infrastructure with advanced sensor technologies
Berkeley Engineer magazine, Spring 2021
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