1st Student's Major

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

1st Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Students' Professional Biography

Brian Welch is a student in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mentor's Name

Aaron Budge

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology


The Crosstown Bridge Monitoring Project is located at the intersection of Highway 62 and Interstate I35W a few miles south and west of downtown Minneapolis. The bridge being evaluated is at a railroad overpass located midway along the Crosstown expansion. This research project involved placing instrumentation on the bridge foundation in order to measure the change in the foundation loading during the course of the construction project. For several years there have been questions pertaining to the forces in the pile foundations that support highway embankments. This project placed strain gages on the pile foundations in order to monitor these forces over time. The gages were places in select locations on the piles prior to being driven into the ground to support the bridge abutments. To protect the gages during driving, steel angles were welded to the piles to cover the gages and cables. The cables were connected to a data collection system in order to monitor the foundation over time. This portion of the overall project involved testing the stain gages prior to pile driving and after pile driving in order to determine if any damage to the gages occurred during pile driving. Readings taken using a datalogger and a simple multimeter will be provided to show the results of this check, with conclusions relating to the mortality of the gages. Although this project is still in its preliminary stages, the object of the overall project will be to monitor and record the stains for several years.

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