1995 Winner: Industrial Research
Making Structures Safer
Yellowbird Products Limited is actively developing Acoustic Continuous Monitoring, (ACM) technology to monitor failures of post-tensioning cables in buildings. Accelerometers installed in concrete slabs constantly monitor electronic activity in the structure, while data processing equipment records the activity. This technology records what is happening inside the very floors of a building. If even a single cable were to break, ACM is able to record and process the information. ACM technology applications include structures such as parkades, high-rise office buildings, condominiums and apartments. Further development of ACM means safer structures, lower repair costs and reduced risks for developers.