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New Technology Monitors the Health of Bridges

July 10, 2006

A joint effort by Pinnacle Technologies Inc. and Materials Technologies Inc. has developed a system that checks for cracks and metal fatigue in bridges. The two companies tested their technology on the southbound span of the Kansas River Bridge, where employees placed a dozen sensors on girders under the bridge. An antenna on the side of the bridge picked up electronic data from the sensors and transmitted it to a nearby laptop computer for analysis.

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