Following the successful orientation of the previous MEMSCON Workshop (“Workshop on Structural Monitoring and Assessment of Civil Engineering Structures”) held in October 2010 in Bucharest (Romania), the project final workshop has been organised in Athens on the 29th March 2012 . This final MEMSCON Workshop has to provided a state-of-the-art report on recent research activities, technological utilisation and commercialisation activities in structural monitoring systems and software for the status-dependent maintenance and repair of constructed facilities. This event has brought together the Structural Health Monitoring community, European construction companies, owners of constructed facilities, insurance companies, policy makers and sector experts.
The EC co-funded project MEMSCON, with the aid of recent advances into Computation, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Low-Power Wireless technologies, provides latest generation, cheap and easy to mount sensors that can equip buildings and provide quantitative information on the structure’s physical state while in service. The system is installable into concrete buildings and data are wirelessly sent to a central station for processing and supporting decisions on proactive rehabilitation and rehabilitation after earthquake damages. It is highly expected that this will result in increased safety and lower maintenance costs by tackling problems when they first appear. Furthermore, it is highly expected that MEMSCON will transform the SME dominated building rehabilitation sector into an advanced knowledge sector, enhance the competitiveness of European SMEs, reduce time to assess the structural condition of a building in service and decide on remedial measures, promote sustainability, offer services with a high value added and enable the entrance of MEMS European SMEs to the large building market.