Structural Health Monitoring of Towers

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Towers are common in many applications, including electricity distribution and telecommunications. They can take many forms, including concrete monopole (some strengthened with steel jackets), triangular and rectangular steel lattice and guy-wire stayed. The cost of regularly assessing their structural condition is relatively high, due to the high labour component and their often remote location. This motivates the search for inexpensive and automated real-time monitoring methods. Of particular interest are methods based on the structure's response to environmental loads (such as wind) rather than from controlled experiments, but the challenge is that the loads are unknown.

This project explores structural health monitoring techniques that use inexpensive practical dynamic instrumentation and environmental loads, exploiting modern computer-based decision making tools such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The ideal candidate would have an interest in dynamic structural analysis, programming, and data analysis.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Damien Holloway


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $32,192 per annum (2024 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • The project requires good analytical skills and proficiency with standard engineering level mathematics and computing.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Knowledge of, or motivation and ability to learn, basics of structural analysis, vibrations, signal processing, machine learning/AI, mathematics, and programming are likely to be needed.

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Damien Holloway to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 1 February 2024.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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