Bruce F. Sparling

     Bruce F. Sparling  B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Professor of Civil and Geological Engineering

    Biography

    Education and Experience

    B.E., M.Sc.(Sask.) , Ph.D.(West. Ont.)

    Specialization: Structures/Materials: Structural Dynamics, Wind Loading, Structural Masonry, Structural Health Monitoring

    Publications

    Refereed Journal Publications
    • Feldman, L., Jackson, K.P., Sparling, B.F. and Sparks, G.A. (2011). Comparison of Code-Based Evaluation Approaches and Structural Health Monitoring Techniques for the Red Deer River Bridge, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 38(10), 1072-1081.
    • Beskhyroun, S., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2011). New methodology for the application of vibration-based damage detection techniques, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 18(online 23 May), 1-18. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/stc.456/full
    • Zhu, N., Sparling, B.F. and King, J.P.C. (2010). Comparison of Aeroelastic Wind Tunnel Tests and Frequency Domain Analyses of Guyed Mast Dynamic Response, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 38(9), 984-997.
    • Zhou, Z., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2010). Structural Health Monitoring of Precast Concrete Box Girders using Selected Vibration-Based Damage Detection Methods, Advances in Civil Engineering, 2010(Article ID 280685), 1-21. Available online at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/aip.280685.html
    • Alwash, M., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2009). Influence of Excitation on Dynamic System Identification for a Multi-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge, Advances in Civil Engineering, 2009(Article ID 859217), 1-18. Available online at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2009/859217.html
    • Zhou, Z., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2007). Vibration-based detection of small-scale damage on a bridge deck, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 133(9), 1257-1267.
    • Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2007). Estimating peak wind load effects in guyed masts, Wind and Structures: An International Journal, 10(4), 347-366.
    • Siddique, A.B., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2007). Application of vibration-based damage detection to an integral abutment bridge, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 34(3), 438-452. Available online at: http://cjce.nrc.ca/
    • Shahidi, F., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2006). Investigation of bond between FRP bars and concrete under sustained loads, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 33(11), 1426-1437. Available online at: http://cjce.nrc.ca/
    • Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2006). Comparison of frequency- and time-domain analyses for guyed masts in turbulent winds, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 33(2), 169-182. Available online at: http://cjce.nrc.ca
    Refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Beauregard, C.J., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2012). Condition Assessment of a Timber Bridge Substructure using Vibration-based Methods and Pattern Recognition Techniques, Third International Structural Specialty Conference CSCE, Edmonton, AB, June 6-9, Paper No. STR-1160, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Beauregard, C.J., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2011). Detection of support deterioration under a simply supported timber bridge using vibrations, Fifth International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Cancun, Mexico, December 11-15, 2011, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Yan, B., Kells, J.A., Sparling, B.F., Garner, M.E., McArthur, T.J. and Katopodis, C. (2011). Turbulence characteristics of the flow in a corrugated steel pipe culvert in the context of fish passage, 20th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON, June 14-17, (CD Rom).
    • Alwash, M., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2010). Use of impact excitation to measure the modal parameters of highway bridges, 8th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, August 3-6, Paper No. GC-256, (9 pages) (CD Rom).
    • MacLeod, A.B., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2010). Monitoring the behaviour of a century-old steel through truss bridge, 8th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, August 3-6, Paper No. GC-241, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Beauregard, C.J., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2010). Vibration-based Damage Detection for Support Softening Under a Simply Supported Timber Bridge, 3rd International CSCE Structures Specialty Conference, Winnipeg, MB, June 9-12, 2010, Paper No. ST-071, (CD Rom).
    • Wang, Y., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2009). Sensitivity of test procedures for vibration-based damage detection on a multi-girder bridge superstructure, 4th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring on Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-4), Zurich, Switzerland, July 22-24, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Paturova, A., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2009). Influence of vertical reinforcement and lateral confinement on the axial capacity of masonry walls, 11th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Toronto, ON, May 31 - June 3, Paper No. 211, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Jackson, K., Sparling, B.F. and Sparks, G.A. (2008). Reliability-based load management of the Red Deer River Bridge, 2nd CSCE International Structural Specialty Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Quebec, Quebec, June 10-13, Paper No. ST-112, (12 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Wang, Y., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2008). Vibration-based damage detection on a multi-girder bridge deck, 2nd CSCE International Structural Specialty Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Quebec, Quebec, June 10-13, Paper No. ST-302, (12 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Sun, Y., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2007). Vibration-based damage detection of support softening under a timber bridge stringer, 3rd International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Vancouver, BC, November 13-16, Paper No. 81, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Alwash, M., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2006). Influence of the Excitation Source on Modal Parameter Estimation for the Red Deer River Bridge, Proceedings of the 1st CSCE International Structural Specialty Conference, Calgary, AB, May 23-26, Paper No. ST-028, (CD Rom).
    • Zhu, N., Sparling, B.F. and King, J.P.C. (2006). Wind tunnel test for dynamic response of a 300m guyed mast, Proceedings of the 1st CSCE International Structural Specialty Conference, Calgary, AB, May 23-26, Paper No. ST-001, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Siddique, A.B., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2006). Identifying damage on a bridge deck using vibration-based damage indices derived from limited measurements, Proc. of SPIE: Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials, Composites, and Civil Infrastructure V, San Diego, California, USA, February 26 - March 2 2006, Paper No. 6176-37, (CD Rom).
    • Christensen, P.N., Boulfiza, M., Kostuk, K., Sparks, G.A., Sparling, B.F. and Zacaruk, J. (2005). Life cycle engineering and costing: Comparing conventional and innovative bridge deck designs, Third International Conference on Construction Materials: Performance, Innovations and Structural Implications, Vancouver, Canada, August 22-24, (9 pages).
    Non-refereed Conference Proceedings
    • MacLeod, A., Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2009). Structural health monitoring of the Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon, SK, CSCE 2009 Annual General Conference, St. John's, NL, May 27 - 30, Paper No. GC-164, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Kells, J.A. and Sparling, B.F. (2009). Engineering Faculty: Challenges and Changing Roles, CSCE 2009 Annual Conference, St. John's, NL, May 27 - 30, Paper No. FPD-013, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Sparling, B.F. and Kells, J.A. (2008). Trends in Civil Engineering education, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2008 Annual Conference, Quebec, Quebec, June 10-13, Paper No. GC-597, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Kells, J.A. and Sparling, B.F. (2007). Incorporating design into the curriculum: The U. of S. experience, Proceedings, 35th Annual Conference, CSCE, Yellowknife, NT, Canada, June 6-9, Paper No. GC-332, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Pham, T.A., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2007). Temperature effects on structural health monitoring of an integral abutment bridge, Proceedings of the IOMAC 2007, International Operational Modal Analysis Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 30 - May 2, Paper No. 63, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Christensen, P.N., Boulfiza, M., Sparling, B.F. and Sparks, G.A. (2006). Implications of life-cycle cost criteria for the design of structural components: The case of a simple steel-reinforced concrete beam, 5th International Workshop on Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Design of Civil Infrastructure Systems, Seoul, Korea, October 16-18, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Zhu, N., Sparling, B.F. and King, J.P.C. (2005). Wind tunnel test of a 300 m guyed mast, Proceedings of the IASS Meeting of Working Group 4 on Masts and Towers, Moscow, Russia, September 11 - 15, (23 pages).

    Conference Presentations / Poster Presentations

    • Sparling, B.F. and Malouf, M. (2009). Collapse Due to Dynamic Loading - Case Study: 300m Mast in Tyler, TX, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Working Group 4 on Masts and Towers, Helsinki, Finland, September 13 - 17, (20 pages).
    • Wegner, L.D. and Sparling, B.F. (2009). Developments in vibration-based damage detection for bridges, Conference and Workshops of the ISIS Canada Network Association, Toronto, Ontario, May 7-8, (2 pages).
    • Sparling, B.F. (2009). Saskatchewan Masonry Design Centre: The Vision, Canadian Masonry Contractors Association 2009 Annual Conference, Maui, Hawaii, February 23 - 26.
    • Sparling, B.F. (2007). Dynamic response of cantilevered antennas on guyed masts, IASS Working Group No. 4 on Masts and Towers, Montreal, Quebec, September 9-13.
    • Pham, T.A., Sparling, B.F. and Wegner, L.D. (2007). Temperature effects on structural health monitoring of an integral abutment bridge, International Operational Modal Analysis Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 30 - May 2, Paper No. 63, (8 pages).

    Published Book Chapter

    • Wegner, L.D., Sparling, B.F. and Bagchi, A. (2011). Vibration-based Monitoring, Chapter 8, Monitoring Technologies for Bridge Management, Edited by Bakht, B., Mufti, A.A., and Wegner, L.D., Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd., Brentwood, Essex, U.K., 207-258.

    Research Grants

    2011-2012

    • Principal Investigator, Life Cycle Performance Assessment and Prediction for Bridges, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Centre for Masonry Design, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, Research Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Centre for Masonry Design, Saskatchewan Masonry Institute, Endowment.

    2010-2011

    • Co-Principal Investigator, Loading Systems for Large Scale Testing of Reinforced Masonry Components, CFI, Research Equipment Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Life Cycle Performance Assessment and Prediction for Bridges, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Centre for Masonry Design, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, Research Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Centre for Masonry Design, Saskatchewan Masonry Institute, Endowment.

    2009-2010

    • Co-Principal Investigator, Masonry Wall Systems: Engineering for the Life Cycle, Saskatchewan Masonry Institute, Research Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Life Cycle Performance Assessment and Prediction for Bridges, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Centre for Masonry Design, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, Research Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Centre for Masonry Design, Saskatchewan Masonry Institute, Endowment.

    2008-2009

    • Co-Principal Investigator, Flexural Testing of Reinforced Concrete Slabs - Phase 2, Defence Research and Development Canada - Suffield,, Military Engineering Section.
    • Co-Principal Investigator, Numerical modelling for damage detection of ISIS innovative bridge decks, ISIS Canada Network of Centres of Excellence, Research Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Life Cycle Performance Assessment and Prediction for Bridges, NSERC, Discovery Grant.

    2007-2008

    • Principal Investigator, Feasibility Study for Structural Health Monitoring of the Victoria Avenue Bridge, City of Saskatoon, Research Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, Life Cycle Performance Assessment and Prediction for Bridges, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Co-Investigator, Real-time monitoring of large scale structures, NSERC, Research Tools and Instruments - Category 1.

    Teaching

    2011-2012

    • CE 295 - Design Project
    • CE 317.3 - Structural Analysis
    • CE 474.3 - Design in Masonry
    • CE 804.3 - Structural Dynamics

    2010-2011

    • CE 295 - Design Project
    • CE 317.3 - Structural Analysis
    • CE 474.3 - Design in Masonry
    • CE 804.3 - Structural Dynamics

    2009-2010

    • CE 317.3 - Structural Analysis 1
    • CE 474.3 - Design in Masonry
    • CE 495.3 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 804.3 - Structural Dynamics

    2008-2009

    • CE 317.3 - Structural Analysis 1
    • CE 498.3 - Design in Masonry
    • CE 804.3 - Structural Dynamics
    • CE 898.3 - Masonry: Analysis and Design

    Research Projects

    2011-2012

    • Realistic wind loads on unreinforced masonry walls
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of excitation type and measurement noise
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Numerical modelling for damage detection of ISIS innovative bridge decks
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Reliability of aging bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Structural health monitoring of timber bridges

    2010-2011

    • Life cycle engineering: Reliability based service life prediction of bridge structures
    • Realistic wind loads on unreinforced masonry walls
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of excitation type and measurement noise
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Numerical modelling for damage detection of ISIS innovative bridge decks
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Reliability of aging bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Structural health monitoring of timber bridges

    2009-2010

    • Life cycle engineering: Reliability based service life prediction of bridge structures
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of excitation type and measurement noise
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Numerical modelling for damage detection of ISIS innovative bridge decks
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Reliability of aging bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Structural health monitoring of timber bridges
    • The dynamic response of guyed towers subjected to turbulent wind

    2008-2009

    • Life cycle engineering: Reliability based service life prediction of bridge structures
    • Life cycle engineering: Reliability-based method for load management of bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of environmental effects
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of excitation type and measurement noise
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Numerical modelling for damage detection of ISIS innovative bridge decks
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Reliability of aging bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Structural health monitoring of timber bridges
    • The dynamic response of guyed towers subjected to turbulent wind

    2007-2008

    • Life cycle engineering: Reliability based service life prediction of bridge structures
    • Life cycle engineering: Reliability-based method for load management of bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Saskatoon overpass field assessment
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of environmental effects
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Influence of excitation type and measurement noise
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Numerical modelling for damage detection of ISIS innovative bridge decks
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Reliability of aging bridges
    • Structural health monitoring of bridge structures: Structural health monitoring of timber bridges
    • The dynamic response of guyed towers subjected to turbulent wind