Date of Award

Winter 2016

Project Type


Program or Major

Ocean Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Kenneth Baldwin

Second Advisor

Martin Wosnik

Third Advisor

Erin Bell


This thesis discusses the transformation of the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH from ordinary to "smart" infrastructure as part of a National Science Foundation Smart Service System project. This cross-discipline, inter-agency project creates a unified data collection, aggregation, processing, and storage system utilizing Internet connectivity and complete automation for improved data collection,processing,and access. The implementation of a unified data acquisition system (DAQ) to serve all those that use the Memorial Bridge and Pisacataqua River will replace disparate,unconnected, and difficult to access systems hosted by separate entities. The development of automated data collection, processing, and storage onto an easily accessible, Internet connected server, combined with automated and timely data delivery will augment and amplify human capabilities to identify, adapt, monitor will improve agencies’s decision making processes on a daily basis. The project strives for broad data application capabilities, from government agencies to local schools and area citizens. The improved data acquisition enabled by this project should allow for costs savings, increased local collaboration,and improved research.