On Monday I hopped onto the train to Geneva and from there onto the TGV to Paris Gare de Lyon.
After checking into a very nice little hotel in the 6th arrondissement I headed to the conference centre to help with the setup.
The bridge was already unboxed and hooked up when I arrived.
Pete Storey had some wires to connect to get it up and running.
Many of the wires were actually for the temperature sensors and accelerometers: all the FBG sensors – for strain – are integrated into the structure and so required minimal connection work.
The physical setup of the bridge was straightforward, but on the software side we had some technical hitches that we’d been unable to anticipate: this was the first time we had in-person access to the bridge for the realtime sensor readings to be sent to Dasher, so we uncovered some really…