Benefits of OSMOS
The OSMOS system is the first of its kind to permit complete and continuous structural monitoring and diagnostics: It registers the entire history of a structure to allow comprehensive analyses. This is achieved through continuous recordings of static and dynamic stress cycles such as tension, deformation and displacement. Even in the event of a power failure, the integrated reference variable prevents a loss of orientation; thus permitting a correct resumption of recording of measured data following the restoration of power.
Sporadic measurements on structures provide data at ‘apparently’ important points in time. These random data acquisitions are used as a basis for drawing conclusions which can be highly erroneous. Consequently, this type of data acquisition is not suitable for reliable forecasts concerning structural behaviour.
Knowledge of the entire history of a structure makes it possible to identify and analyze periodic events. This permits a better evaluation of the acquired data. As the period of observation lengthens, an increasing amount of knowledge becomes available to the user, thus resulting in a continuous learning curve. This allows qualified forecasts of future structural behaviour as well as precise risk estimates. Structures can be observed objectively.
Why Use OSMOS?
- Proven reliable technology with hundreds of installations and applications
- Permanent surveillance of structures
- Measures precise values of movements or deformations of a structure
- Measures the effect on the structure caused by static or dynamic events, rather than just recording the events
- Access data from remote locations
- Measures static and dynamic effects at the same time
- No need for amplification or filtering
- Notification sent via email when movement/vibration is exceeded
- No need for additional software – internet based portal
- Durable and long lasting
How Does OSMOS Work?
The optical cord is an assembly of braided fibre optics. As the curvature of the cord changes, so does the luminous flux that travels through the cord, regardless of how small the change in curvature of the cord. The OSMOS technology measures and calculates the exact correlation between the luminous flux passing through the cord and the cord’s curvature. Through this process, the OSMOS system records the signatures of all static and dynamic strains on the structure over any period of time.
- Optical sensors are placed in strategic places on the structure
- Data from static and dynamic events are transmitted as digital data via the optical fibres and stored in OSMOS black box which serves as the structure’s memory
- Data from the black box can be viewed remotely and instantaneously via the internet at any time