Vibration monitoring can be instrumental in limiting liability for many types of clients undertaking a wide variety of projects involving a range of assets. Pipeline infrastructure, bridges, government buildings, hospitals, historic buildings and monuments and individual homes can all be monitored for potentially harmful vibrations.
Many public authorities require the monitoring of vibrations for certain types of construction, demolition or blasting projects. It can calm the fears of the general public if they see that a contractor is taking the safety of their homes seriously.
Initial vibration monitoring should begin prior to any substantial vibration-inducing activity so that a baseline of vibrations is recorded at the subject site. For instance, subway traffic may create a larger vibration signature than pile driving at the site in question.
Vibration monitoring can be performed for a single day of blasting at a construction site or over the longer term, for example during the demolition of a large building.