UCARE: Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences


Date of this Version

Spring 4-15-2016

Document Type



PowerPoint presentation. Spring 2016 Research Fair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Copyright (c) 2016 Garrett Martindale, Jeremiah Dixon & Dean Whitfield


According to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the United States has a bridge rating of C+. The C rating is classified by ASCE as a mediocre standing. Infrastructure that is awarded the C rating shows general signs of deterioration and requires attention.

Our Hypothesis: Smartphones have become readily available to anyone and is a relatively cheap device. They have instruments within them that can capture and collect usable data. An application can be downloaded to record the smartphone’s acceleration. The acceleration data can be used to evaluate vibrations within structures. Smartphones could ultimately be used to obtain a quick and efficient estimate