Structural Health Monitoring

Maximise safety with real-time monitoring solutions for structures and construction.

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Hexagon provides tailored monitoring solutions during construction and throughout the lifecycle of any infrastructure. Our technologies monitor movement 24/7 in real time using a wide range of sensors and software to ensure efficient development and the safety of people and assets.

Monitoring technologies

  • Overview
  • Geodetic sensors
  • Radar
  • Geotechnical and environmental
  • Software

In today’s rapidly urbanising world, it is essential to monitor infrastructure and construction sites above and below ground to ensure safety. Whether monitoring the impact to buildings surrounded by construction, new underground infrastructure like metro lines below dense city centres or high-rise building projects, our monitoring solutions enable communities to progress and prosper without endangering people and assets.

Structural and construction monitoring projects require customised solutions. At Hexagon, our software and expert services work seamlessly with our high-end sensors and third-party geotechnical devices to offer fully integrated solutions, providing peace of mind on even the largest projects.

illustration of an urban area with high-rise buildings and construction sites

Geodetic sensors provide critical measurement and positioning data for effectively monitoring structural health, supporting the construction process and protecting surrounding areas. Hexagon has a broad portfolio of total station and GNSS solutions that easily integrate the highest measurement accuracy and precise positioning from satellites into our monitoring solutions.

Hexagon pioneered the use of total stations for monitoring applications. With the highest precision, even movements in the millimetres can be detected to ensure experts can make necessary decisions for maximum safety. Thanks to the latest innovations, data collection is secure and continuous, and point measurements can be supplemented with images and point clouds, extending total station monitoring applications.

Our GNSS solutions complement total stations and radar for precise movement detection by computing positions up to 20 times per second, operating continuously in all weather conditions and delivering the highest-accuracy positioning. Fully integrated into our monitoring software suite and tracking multiple satellite systems, Hexagon’s GNSS solutions deliver confidence.

structural health monitoring with a total station

Hexagon is a world leader in radar systems based on microwave interferometry. Operating in real time, our radar rapidly and accurately identifies and pinpoints the location of structural defects, helps civil and structural engineers optimise limited budgets and averts potentially catastrophic accidents.

Our interferometric radar technology enables remote monitoring of structural movements in dams, bridges, towers and buildings with sub-millimetre accuracy. Additionally, our radar generates a continuous supply of deformation data and real-time mapping of simultaneous displacements.

Unprecedented measurement speed and accuracy with a sampling rate up to 200 times per second at distances up to 5 kilometres means our radar can detect even the smallest vibrations. Operating day and night and in all weather conditions, our radar solutions are robust and reliable.

radar used for structural health monitoring of a tall residential building

Hexagon’s structural monitoring solutions integrate a range of geotechnical and environmental sensors, such as tilt sensors, strain gauges and more, to detect and provide additional information about movements.

Hexagon’s monitoring experts consult on geotechnical and environmental sensors to complement and fill in gaps from geodetic and radar sensors, providing comprehensive monitoring coverage for construction sites, existing structures and heritage projects.

Our solutions seamlessly integrate a variety of third-party sensors and ensure continuous data acquisition using edge technology. Compatible with our monitoring software, all this data works toward creating the most complete picture of the monitored structures and surrounding areas.

A geotechnical sensor structure

Hexagon’s portfolio of monitoring hardware is perfectly complemented with software tailored to structural and construction monitoring applications. Our software automates measurements, eliminates data gaps, aggregates and analyses data and creates alerts and reports.

Supporting accurate and reliable data acquisition from geodetic, geotechnical, environmental and radar sensors, our solutions enable data integration between geodetic and radar data sets to provide a clear and comprehensive understanding of the structures and surrounding areas.

Measurement results are easily visualised and configured to issue alerts when movements exceed defined limits. Together with cloud services, monitoring results are accessible anytime and anywhere. Our software solutions also leverage edge computing technology to continuously collect data despite communication disruptions.

monitoring data from a large structure displayed on a tablet running Leica GeoMoS Edge software


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