Autodesk and the UK’s Alan Turing Institute are among the partners in a consortium to monitor the behaviour of one of the world’s first digitally printed steel bridges.

Amsterdam-based start-up MX3D is 3D printing a 12 metre long stainless steel pedestrian bridge to be installed across one of Amsterdam’s canals in the old city centre by late 2018.

The new partners joining the MX3D project also includes the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) and the work is also being supported by the the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity which supports the research and development of ideas that can benefit our society by reducing the safety risks of critical infrastructures.

The team from The Alan Turing Institute is responsible for designing and installing a sensor network on the bridge. These sensors will collect structural measurements such as strain, displacement and vibration, and will measure environmental factors such as air quality and temperature, enabling engineers to measure the bridge’s health in real time and monitor how it changes over its lifespan.

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