Quote:Also being put to use is Canada's first Laser Scanning Vibrometer, a hand held infrared device that when pointed can determine the strength of a structure through its heat signals.
"If a structure was cracked for example you could see the thermal signature through this," Gupta said. "The use for that is you can be standing a couple hundred feet away from a bridge and you can actually monitor how the bridge is performing."
B.C.'s Technology Minister Amrik Virk said the UVic research could result in safer bridges and buildings around the world.
"Can you imagine concrete that heals itself?" he said. "The ability to look at aging infrastructure, not only in North America but around the world, where we could potentially apply a coating on concrete that's going to solve overpasses from falling down."