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Open structural monitoring data from two extensively instrumented road sections – case Aurora

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationGeotechnical Engineering, foundation of the future
PublisherThe Icelandic Geotechnical Society, IGS
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-9935-9436-1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean conference on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


ConferenceEuropean conference on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering
Period1/01/00 → …


In 2017, the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) launched an open testing ecosystem of intelligent transport and infrastructure solutions, known as Aurora. The Aurora test area consists of an approximately 10 km section of main highway E8 South from the village of Muonio, Finnish Lapland. Regarding road infrastructure, the core of the testing ecosystem consists of two extensively instrumented road sections, one of which is located on a stiff substructure area and the other on a softer substructure area. Commissioned by the FTA, the structural instrumentation of Aurora monitoring sections was accomplished jointly by Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Roadscanners Ltd (RS). Instrumentations installed in these sections enable both continuous monitoring of structural condition and structural responses during vehicle overpasses. In addition, a nearby concrete slab bridge furnished with a Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) system enables monitoring of the vehicle masses. A unique feature of the monitoring systems described in more detail in this article is that all the monitoring results to be collected during a period of three years are made publicly available via the FTA website as open data.


  • monitoring, structural condition, structural response, weigh-in-motion, open data, Aurora

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Field of science, Statistics Finland