The Champlain Bridge under the scope Special lecture at Polytechnique Montréal

2 November 2017

For a few years now, our teams have been tracking the real-time behaviour of the Champlain Bridge thanks to an instrumentation system installed throughout the structure. In light of the unique challenges of this aging structure, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) created a monitoring program for all of the Champlain Bridge’s concrete edge girders. Today, over 300 sensors installed on the structure relay real-time data to a very robust software system that lets our teams know where to focus their work. 

This week, civil engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal got the chance to attend a lecture on the complex challenges of installing and operating this instrumentation system. The Corporation travels around to different campuses and is very happy to share its knowledge with students.

“These lectures are popular with student engineers because they learn about the role they’ll go on to play in the workplace and the kinds of projects they may be involved with once they get a job in the industry,” said Dominic Lavigne, Instrumentation Engineer at JCCBI. “I’m also very proud to have helped develop this system and to do my part to advance engineering innovation,” he added.

By installing and using this system, JCCBI can continuously monitor changes in the Champlain Bridge and prioritize work and inspections as needed. Learn more about all the work done on the Champlain Bridge in the past few years.