What sets SMS apart is that we use fiber optic sensors. Most electrical sensors fail in less than 5 years while fiber optic sensors and cables last for decades. The cost is similar while FO provides higher accuracy.
Our FO technologies are available in point and or distributed sensors. A distributed fiber is unique in that it can provide several kilometers of temperature and or strain readings on one cable.
Placing a sensor cable in poured concrete or burying it in the soil will provide thousands of strain and temperature readings over its length for decades of life.
Installation requires 1/8th of the amount of cabling than an electrical based system would use, and fiber optic cable can run over 10 miles without power. Installation and long-term maintenance costs are significantly lower and have higher reliability.
In addition, to monitoring structural issues we can also monitor;
Wear of mechanical parts, motors, load to open or close gates
We provide design, installation, and long term monitoring of the dam. This helps Dam Safety Engineers target inspection, repairs, and warn of impending failures. SMS can provide a short WebEx presentation to explain our technologies.
Our newest addition to our monitoring solutions is a fixed-wing drone or UAS platform. Ask for Structural Hawk Information.