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Structural Health Monitoring

In the event of an earthquake, a seismic structural monitoring system allows for rapid assessment of the structural integrity - so you can make quick decisions on usage or occupancy.

Güralp instrumentation is used for monitoring civil structures such as bridges, railways and tunnels; energy infrastructure such as gas pipelines, hydroelectric dams and nuclear power stations; and buildings such as historic monuments, commercial facilities and multi-occupancy buildings.

Seismic data produced through the system informs structural health management processes to maximise the value and efficiency of the building maintenance programme. As well as monitoring for signs of structural deterioration or unusual levels of vibration, the instrumentation can also be used to alert authorities and trigger automated safety procedures in the event of an earthquake.

In addition to providing advice on system design, we can work with your engineering consultants to deliver a network that both meets your needs and satisfies local legislation.

We can also provide baseline monitoring surveys for new engineering projects to inform the design process.

Contact us to discuss how we can assist with your next project.


Storage and transport

Storage and Transport

Our broadband instrumentation is well suited to reservoir monitoring for carbon capture and storage projects, both on and off shore.

Offshore, our autonomous nodes are ideal for short term monitoring and have been used for determine baselin seismicity prior to injection. For permanent monitoring, Guralp cabled ocean bottom networks and on-shore surface networks deliver real-time induced seismicity data for operational feedback.

Guralp has worked on underground storage projects as far afield as Europe, Australia and the USA.

Reduce the risk of infrastructure losses

Our instrumentation can deliver state of the art monitoring to protect vital infrastructure such as pipelines and plant. Our sophisticated data acquisition and communication modules can be incorporated into complex networks for remote operation and triggered automated shutdowns. As well as direct shaking, critical infrastructure are susceptible to secondary effects such as soil liquefaction, mudslides, subsidence and landslides. In these scenarios a rapid response is paramount to limiting the impact on infrastructure losses.

Our digital systems can output values of Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) and Peak Ground Velocity (PGV) which are commonly used parameters to determine whether a pipeline should be partially or fully shut down.

The large spatial length of pipelines and their often remote locations make an automated system, with real-time data transmission to a data centre preferable.




Wind Power Generation

Our monitoring systems are used for measuring seismicity and ground vibrations induced by turbine operation. We can also provide structural health monitoring systems to characterise the seismic excitation from the ground and the structural response of the turbines.

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Nuclear Power Generation

Guralp provides monitoring solutions for nuclear power generation plants. Our systems are used for seismic hazard management through monitoring local and regional earthquakes. Our systems are also used for monitoring the structural integrity of critical infrastructure within the plant.


Depending on the application, we have supplied surface, borehole and ocean bottom systems into nuclear power generation applications. Our scope of supply ranges from providing instruments through to providing turnkey, fully installed and commissioned cabled networks together with ongoing operational support.

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Our instrumentation is suitable for monitoring both the bridge structure and the surrounding ground. We can also provide site surveys to characterise seismicity in the region of existing and planned bridges.

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Hydroelectric Dams

Hydroelectric Dams

Güralp instruments are widely used for monitoring dams and their surrounding area. Our systems are used for monitoring the structural integrity and health of the dam itself particularly in seismically active areas. We also monitor reservoir triggered seismicity (RTS) that can occur during and after filling of the reservoir and may be present throughout the operating life of the dam.  Our solutions are also used for geotechnical applications including monitoring slope stability of the surrounding area.


Our instrument capabilities include real-time data streaming to a central control centre for rapid response or automated procedures in the event of an earthquake. We have extensive experience in this area and have equipped dam monitoring systems that have been in operation for more than twenty years.

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We provide solutions for monitoring commercial facilities and multi-occupancy buildings, working with engineering consultants we can provide complete systems to comply with local building codes and safety legislation. Our systems can also be configured to trigger automated procedures or alerts in the event of an earthquake.


In addition, we can provide regional survey solutions for planned developments or to meet insurance requirements.





Guralp Systems Limited
Midas House
Calleva Park

Tel: +44 118 981 9056
Fax: +44 118 981 9943