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Prateek Negi

I received my Ph.D. in structural health monitoring (SHM) of underground structures from the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India. I did my M.Tech. in Geotechnical engineering from Delhi Technological University and B.Tech. in Civil engineering. I am involved in the research and development of sensor technologies and systems for performing structural health monitoring of civil structures. 

Here at the University of Twente, as a postdoctoral fellow, I'll be reviewing SHM technologies for wet infrastructure such as navigation locks, canals, quay walls, and dikes. In addition, I will be working on the bed erosion problem of a real-life hydraulic lock structure. A good SHM system extends the structure's operating life while simultaneously lowering maintenance and repair costs.

Modern cities have always attracted more people to live in, which also puts more burden on the civil infrastructure. This escalates the need for proper maintenance to the asset owners. A structure's temporary shutdown might be costly in terms of money, time, and convenience. In addition, an SHM system will assist maintenance authorities in prioritizing repair and replacement schedules. The 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering brings together four technical institutes to build a perspective for assessing and solving modern city challenges in a multi-dimensional manner. I am sure the exposure of working with researchers and faculties of different specializations from different premium institutes would help me in visualizing engineering issues from a broader perspective.