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The focus of the workshop is to promote applications of SHM technologies and to encourage interaction between industry and academia. We place significant emphasis on industrial applications including aerospace, ground transportation systems, and civil infrastructures. Your company plays a leading role in this field and is cordially invited to participate in a special session, SHM in Action, which provides a unique opportunity to combine product demonstration with podium discussion. 

Participate to win: 

The Most Practical SHM Solution for Aerospace Award 

The Most Practical SHM Solution for Civil Infrastructures Award 

How to participate:

Please fill out the sign-up form provided below in order to participate in SHM in action competition. The deadline to apply is Aug 15, 2023. A short description of the demo is required.

Sign-Up Form

More information about SHM in action is given below.

Who can participate:

  • workshop exhibitors
  • workshop presenters
  • workshop participants


To show how a structural health monitoring (SHM) system practically works. This presentation can be additional to exhibits or oral presentations and is specifically targeted to underline the practical aspect of the SHM.


There is significant recent progress in SHM technology for a variety of applications. These presentations will focus on how these SHM systems work in practice in terms of installation, handling, interpretation, and robustness for the following applications:

  • operational loads monitoring
  • damage detection
  • health monitoring
  • life-cycle management

The session targets:

  • showing the audience how SHM works in various applications
  • better understanding the practical issues of different SHM systems
  • getting further feedback and requirements expressed from current and potential SHM users
  • letting SHM users to share their experience


The session intends to show as many demonstration cases as possible, addressing the aspects mentioned below:

  • the way the monitoring system and the test is operated
  • type of sensors and actuators (if required) and their way of attachment to components, linkage to the signal generation and acquisition unit, etc.
  • signal generation and acquisition unit as hardware and how it operates
  • the way input data are entered and sensor data are received and how the result is presented during the test
  • procedure for sensor signal processing
  • the 'man-machine interface' such as data input and output display
  • component(s) tested, area/volume to be monitored, loading procedure and the damage initially observed by conventional means of non-destructive testing
  • characteristics of the system such as weight, size, volume, reliability, cost, etc.

Each presentation is allowed no more than 5 minutes through a video, internet or a hardware live demonstration only, which will be directly displayed to the audience on a large screen. It is mandatory that the SHM system is shown in action. Static displays are not acceptable and live demonstrations are preferred over videos. Each presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session where the SHM demonstrators will answer questions from the audience.

The test cases being presented can be either based on self-developed or purchased SHM systems. The source of the SHM hardware is eligible to be mentioned but no further advertisement from or about the supplier of the SHM system will be accepted.

SHM in Action Demonstration for IWSHM 2017